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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Close to Home by Cara Hunter, read by Emma Cunniffe and Lee Ingleby. Featuring 37 cameo voices, including Cara Hunter.

How can a child vanish without a trace?

Last night, 8-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from a summer party at her home. No one at the party noticed her leave. Even her parents aren't sure of the last time they saw her. DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows that in nine cases out of ten, it's someone close to the victim.

When a pair of bloody tights is discovered, Fawley's worst suspicions are concerned.

Someone knows where Daisy is.
And her time is running out.

Introducing DI Fawley and his team of Oxford detectives, Close to Home is the first in the new crime series readers and authors are raving about.

©2017 Cara Hunter (P)2017 Penguin AudioBooks

Critic Reviews

"A mazy, gripping read." (Ian Rankin)
"One of the best crime thrillers I have ever read." (Kathryn Croft)
"The last twist was a genuine stroke of genius." (John Marrs)

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are you friggin' kidding me

what were the producers thinking?
making us listen to every single html identifier every single time someone says something during an online exchange?
o lordy whose bright idea was it to do that?
let me give you an example of what i just listened to: (not a direct quote but paraphrased near enough)
"online news blog hastag find daisy catherine miller at news at nine fifteen on the fifth of august slash email
poor daisy
online news blog hastag find daisy pete smith at news at nine sixteen on the fifth of august slash email
i know it's terrible
online news blog hastag find daisy catherine miller at news at nine seventeen on the fifth of august slash email
those poor parents
online news blog hastag find daisy pete smith at news at nine eighteen on the fifth of august slash email
it's their fault if you ask me
online news blog hastag find daisy catherine miller at news at nine seventeen on the fifth of august slash email
you can't say that
online news blog hastag find daisy pete smith at news at nine eighteen on the fifth of august slash email
yes i can it's true
online news blog hastag find daisy catherine miller at news at nine nineteen on the fifth of august slash email
you haven't got kids so you don't know
online news blog hastag find daisy pete smith at news at nine twenty on the fifth of august slash email
so what"

and on - and on - and on
what the hell are you guys trying to do - make me run headfirst into a wall?
you're nuts!
and the book was looking so good too - til that bollocks kicked in...
such a pity
bleep!
delete
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Awesome read

Awesome read and an ending totally unexpected full of twists and plots absolutely loved it.

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Interesting all the way through

Couldn't put it down. Really enjoyed it. Loved the ending and the twists. I recommend it to people who like thrillers

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Great read

Really enjoyed this book. Couldn’t put it down. A lot of speculating and getting it wrong, even right to the end!

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annoying

quite liked the storyline and narration but found the hash tag really annoying which put me off surpise ending

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You'll never guess who done it!

I really enjoyed listening to this, thought I had it figured, but no,very clever . Great use of different voices and some truly unpleasant characters. The only thing that I loathed was the 'tweets'. Skipped over them in the end

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Hard slogg

Omg save me. This book was a hard slogg. Boring story, unlikeable characters, the missing daughter her age didn't match her behaviour. The parts with Facebook's posts were annoying. As for the twist, really.

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So many twists and turns!

Just when you think this mystery has been solved - another twist! I felt really sorry for the detectives! The story resolved well because it did explain one fact which was thoroughly annoying me and which was making me feel cranky about the author.

However I agree with another reviewer - the reporting of the social media remarks was terribly annoying and really pretty immaterial to the story. If one was reading the book, one would skim over all the web references. No need for them.

The reading was well done.

I did find that skipping back from the event was a bit confusing, especially since if, like me, you tended to fall asleep - and would then have to scramble to work out where you were up to.

Nevertheless, a good book.

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A Real Pager Turner!!!

By far the best crime, detective, police novel I’ve ever read! More twists and turns than I could have imagined but all totally believable once the reader is familiar with the characters. Highly recommend this book.

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I liked the book but not the end

Sometimes the British stories plays to a different audience, this one definitely did. If you like the style, you'll love the book. I personally didn't like the social media comments. I will read book 2...

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  • 03-03-2021

Complicated story with weak narration

I found this book really difficult to listen to. The narrators kept changing the voice volume so i had to adjust my headphones accordingly. It’s so tedious listening to verbatum Twitter feeds where the date, time, Twitterhandles (about 5 each time) and message was spelled out. The story was too complicated and fussy, the characters so thin. Sorry but this is a no for me.

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