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Close to Home

(DI Adam Fawley #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  27,887 ratings  ·  2,106 reviews
Someone took Daisy Mason. Someone YOU KNOW.

Last night, 8-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from her parents' summer party. No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything - or at least that's what they're saying. DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows that nine times out of ten, it's someone the victim knew. That means someone is lying. And that Daisy'
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Published 2018 by Penguin Random House UK
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Stina My thoughts exactly. All the way through I thought Daisy was one twisted kid. I mean I know kids can be cruel but I just thought she was a little too …moreMy thoughts exactly. All the way through I thought Daisy was one twisted kid. I mean I know kids can be cruel but I just thought she was a little too cocky. I don't think she thought it all out herself. I think the teacher gave her some ideas of what to do. But when I finished the book I thought she is going to have problems with her when she gets older. What happens when she thinks the teacher isn't being fair. "I don't like you anymore. I want another mummy." She's done it once, what's to say she wouldn't do it again. Trade her mummy in for a better one. I certainly didn't feel sorry for Barry, Sharon or Daisy in this story. The only one I felt was the true victim I felt sorry for was Leo. But in all, as a story, it was brilliant!!(less)
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Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**4.5 STARS**

The literary world already has a huge number of successful Detective series, but I believe DI Adam Fawley will find his place amongst those successes with this excellent debut novel from Cara Hunter, as 'Close to Home' has all the makings of a great series.

8 year old Daisy Mason has disappeared from her parents summer barbecue in Oxford; there were lots of guests - neighbours, school friends, their parents, but nobody saw a thing and were therefore unable to help with police enquir
Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
Promising new police procedural series about the disappearance of an eight-year-old girl. Close to Home offers compelling characters, an unpredictable mystery, and some surprising twists and turns.

When 8-year-old Daisy Mason is reported missing, DI Adam Fawley and the team are called in to investigate. Daisy was last seen at a neighborhood barbecue wearing a daisy costume. As Fawley and his team investigate, they quickly learn that the Mason’s carefully crafted personas are nothing more tha
Chelsea Humphrey
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Penguin Books
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I feel like I've hit the jackpot lately because I've read so many excellent novels! Why aren't more people talking about this book? I'm blown away and likely can't wait for book 2 to make it to the states, so I'll be purchasing off of Book Depository. Fantastic debut that completely had me fooled; I did not guess the ending in any way, shape or form. Highly recommended and full review to come!

Content warning for mentions of child abuse, child pornography, and murder (thought not graphically desc
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cara Hunter begins her series featuring DI Adam Fawley of Thames Valley Police with a mix of police procedural and psychological thriller set in Oxford. It begins with a scene of a fearful Daisy Mason. The precocious 8 year old Daisy goes missing at her parents barbeque and fireworks party for parents and neighbours. The police are called in, and DI Adam Fawley instigates local area searches. Adam has a focused and highly competent team that are determined to find Daisy that includes DS Gareth Q ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, thriller, mystery
Close to Home is Cara Hunter’s first novel in the Detective Inspector Adam Fawley series. Having already read the other 2 books in the series, (In The Dark & No Way Out) I had a huge desire to return to the debut novel and appreciate how it all started. It's clear why this series became so highly regarded and anticipated because this debut smashed it out of the park.

Cara has the wonderful ability to enable the reader to experience a detailed police procedural story that feels real with
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-series
Close To Home is the first of a series of police procedurals by Cara Hunter, featuring DI Adam Fawley. I had high expectations of this series as many of my goodreads friends rate it highly with a profusion of 5 star reviews.
Eight year old Daisy Mason goes missing from a party - a summer barbecue organised by the Masons for friends and neighbours.
Adam and his team become embroiled in the tensions and awkward relationships that exist within the Mason family and strange and unsettling details soon
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
I have wanted to get my hands on a book by Cara Hunter for so long now its not funny, so i thought i would take a punt & read Close To Home (DI Adam Fawley) i have just finished it and i must say what a start to a new series for me, the subject was dark & gritty with a bit of Psychological suspese. I could not stop turning the pages, the prose got me in & i just could not stoponly to get sleep.

Barry Mason & his family wife Sharon & children Daisy & leo were living a good life until one day their

this book was so meh.

it follows Detective Investigator (i'm making that up, kinda) Adam Fawley, in the most procedural murder book of all time. seriously. if you have ever been interested in the mundane inner workings of a suburban british police station, this is the book for you.

i am not. so this wasn't.

this book was more confusing than mysterious or thrilling, and i ended up just really not caring about what happened. which is impressive, considering this book details a sh*t ton of ch
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For a debut novel I have to say that I am very impressed. This is book 1 in the DI Adam Fawley series and I look forward to reading more.

During an evening barbecue it appears 8 year old Daisy Mason vanishes into thin air. Even her own parents can't recall the last time they saw her that evening. Now DI Adam Fawley and his team need to put the puzzle pieces together in order to save Daisy before it's too late.

In interviewing the parents DI Fawley can't help but to wonder what they may be hiding
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Close to Hone' is the 1st book in the Oxford detective DI Adam Fawley series by author Cara Hunter.
This fast paced novel is certainly a page turner and features some great characters. 8 year old Daisy disappears from her Oxford home and both her parents are quickly identified as possible suspects. Daisy's mother doesn't appear to be concerned and her father is more concerned in keeping a low profile than helping the police to uncover the truth regarding Daisy's whereabouts. The book reveals mor
Louise Wilson
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last night, 8-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from her parents summer party. No on saw anything- at least that's what they are saying. DI Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But nine times out of ten, it's someone the victim knew. Someone is lying and Daisy's time is running out.

This fast paced well plotted novel kept me on the edge of my seat, urging DI Adam Fawley and his team to find Daisy. There are lots of twists in this intense psychological thriller. I was constantly changing my mind
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rounded up

“They know who did it. Perhaps not consciously. Perhaps not yet. But they know”.

DI Adam Fawley knows that nine times out of ten, the offender is someone close to home.

And, DI Fawley is tasked with finding out where 8 year old Daisy Mason has vanished to in the first installment of this police procedural. (#5 is due out Jan 21, 2021)

I have been wanting to try this series since this debut was released in March of 2018, because of the many 5 star reviews it has received, but I am n
I’m going to say this now, before we get started. You won’t like it, but trust me, I’ve done this more times than I care to punish myself remembering. In a case like this - a kid - nine times out of ten it’s someone close to home.

Close to Home is a good start to a new police procedural series. The characters are complex, strong and well-portrayed - some might even say unlikable. The mystery here is certainly intriguing with an 8 year old who goes missing at a family BBQ, although it takes h
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having recently come across and enjoyed the 2nd book in the DI Adam Fawley series ‘In The Dark’, I hastily checked out the debut novel by Cara Hunter from my local library.
There’s something so distinctive and unique that has made me obsessed with this series!

Eight-Year-Old Daisy Mason has not been seen since a BBQ in the family home in Oxford.
With DI Fawley and he’s team starting to investigate its instantly apparent that doubt surrounds both parents Sharon and Barry’s accountability, they soon
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Before you start, you'll want to put Do Not Disturb and Keep Out signs on the door!

She can hear noises in the undergrowth, the rustling of small animals and a heavier movement coming steadily closer, step by step. She wipes her cheek, where tears still linger, and she wishes with all her heart she was like the princess in Brave. She wouldn’t be frightened being in the forest all alone. But Daisy is.
Daisy is very frightened indeed.

‘Daisy?’ says a voice. ‘Where are you?’ More steps, closer now, a
Daisy Mason inexplicably disappears during her parents costume party at their home. She’s only 8-years old so the case is given high level importance and captures the attention of the media, as well as everyone within their reach.

Detective Inspector Adam Fawley is the lead on the investigation, which is one of the book’s superlatives. Everyone carries their weight and the procedurals are highly interesting, causing me to have a tough time finding a breaking point. The clues took me on the most
Diana | Book of Secrets
CLOSE TO HOME was part contemporary domestic thriller and part police procedural, though probably too heavy on the investigation side for my liking. DI Adam Fawley is the main investigator, though it flipped back and forth between him and other detectives. I felt like it didn't matter which detective did what, as they needed more personality or back story to grab my attention. The mystery of the missing girl was intriguing and had plenty of twists. The big reveal at the end was great but kind of ...more
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#1 Close To Home - ★

Close To Home is, I believe, the first mystery/thriller book I have given one star to. I had very high hopes for this one. And it crashed my hopes quite hard.

Close To Home is the first book in a series called DI Adam Fawley. The books are not related to themselves and can be read as standalones. They all feature the detective Fawley, therefore the series solution. Something similar to Dan Brown's series. I listened t
Daisy was frightened – she could hear someone coming for her; she knew she couldn’t get away.

When Detective Inspector Adam Fawley was called in the middle of the night, he knew it wouldn’t be for anything good. But learning it was a child abduction was much worse – they all hated cases involving small children and Daisy was only eight years old. The big party the parents were holding, with fireworks, lots of people from the neighbourhood, including children – the noise would have muffled the sou
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The detective literary market place is a plentiful one these days and I didn’t think this particularly stood out from the crowd. This novel centres around a missing school girl Daisy Mason and her utterly dysfunctional family which is investigated by DI Adam Fawley , who is an interesting character with a sad personal history which became clearer as the book unfolded. The story was easy to read although I became very irritated by the constant backwards and forwards through time which didn’t alwa ...more
Elyse  Walters
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook....narrated by Lee Ingleby and Emma Cunniffe

“Such as the ‘daisy’ came by symbolized childbirth, motherhood, and new beginnings”......

Personally I wouldn’t want to grow up with the name Daisy, (symbolizing innocence and purity), but I did wonder what happened to eight year old Daisy Mason on the night she was having a BBQ -costume party at her house in Oxford with friends and neighbors.

This is ‘book 1’ of a police procedural psychological thriller.....a British crime novel. The best co
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This debut novel is the first featuring D.I. Adam Fawley and is set in Oxford. The story begins when an eight year old girl, Daisy Mason, is reported missing after a family party. From the first we are aware that Fawley has lost a child himself, although the details only become apparent as we read on, so the case is very emotional for him. However, the reactions of the parents are not what either Fawley, or his team, expect. Father Barry Mason is upset, but acting suspiciously, mother Sharon is ...more
Kat (Books are Comfort Food!)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Started off well and kept me going.

I’d probably rename it, Nasty Parents. The parents, Barry and Sharon Mason, are a piece of work. Barry is never home and Sharon cares only about keeping up appearances. By the end of the book I loathed them both!

The day of a costume party, little Daisy, goes missing, from her own home. I don’t want to say too much here because there is a twist and I want you to enjoy it! Daisy is 8 years old, quite precocious, a little wicked a
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
During a costume party at her home, 8-year old Daisy Mason disappears. The entire family acts strange. The mother is obsessed with appearances. The father is coldly distant. And the 10-year old boy seems a bit too withdrawn and quiet. DI Adam Fawley knows something is amiss and he is determined to find out what happened to the bubbly, beautiful little girl. Did someone in her family do her harm? Has she been abducted? Did a stranger do this, or someone else at the party? Little does he know just ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hunter’s debut police procedural featuring Detective Inspector Adam Fawley captures the reader from the first paragraph to the last. [And what an ending! I sure didn’t see that coming!]

The plot begins with the disappearance of 8-year-old Daisy Mason from her home in the Canal Manor Estates in Oxford during a barbecue party. Suspicion falls immediately upon the family as they all seem to have issues. Shannon seems most concerned about appearances—her own in particular. Barry’s construction busine
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, british, mystery, series
8 year old Daisy Mason disappears during a party held at her home. Everybody saw Daisy running around, wearing her daisy costume, having fun. So when was she taken? Who took her and why?

Was it her self-absorbed mother? Was it her father who is obviously hiding something? Her introvert older brother? Or a total stranger with a motive of their own?

Cara Hunter has a unique way of telling a story. I like the way she includes the news reports and the comments of people on Twitter and Facebook. It mak
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Close To Home follows Detective Inspector Adam Fawley and his search for missing 8 year old Daisy. As is often the case, the kidnapper may be closer to home than everyone thinks, and Adam is tasked with finding out who lying.

Adam Fawley is a dynamic leading man. He's charismatic, likable and obviously good at his job. I liked that. Too many times in novels like this we see police officers who are so incompetent its a miracle they ev
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-2
When Daisy Mason disappears during a family party, literally everyone seems like a suspect. But who is really responsible and what really happened to her? This was an intense, well-paced psychological thriller, with lots of red herrings, family drama and backstory, interesting side plots, and twists and turns all the way up until the last page. I will definitely be checking out more in this series!

Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.
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Look what I found - one of the few reviews I wrote at the time.

This series has been getting really good reviews so naturally I added it to my list but as it came time to buy it I saw it was about a missing child. Oh no, I thought and balked at it. I’ve read so many of these lately and they are mostly so samey and melodramatic. Anyway I ended up getting it only to find, thankfully, that this was one of the better ones.

Oh, it was about a missing child but the mother was something else altogether.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, suspense, crime
This was epic! The ultimate merging of domestic noir, psychological suspense, and police procedural!

Barry and Sharon Mason host a summer barbecue for friends and neighbours. When the party ends their eight year-old daughter, Daisy, is nowhere to be found. From the moment DI Adam Fawley arrives on the scene, the lack of emotion, and odd behaviour of both parents strikes him as odd. And as he soon discovers that’s only the beginning.

Wow, the characters in this book couldn’t have possibly had any
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Cara Hunter is a writer who lives in Oxford, in a street not unlike those featured in her series of crime books. Close to Home is her debut featuring DI Adam Fawley, and her second, In the Dark, is coming soon.

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