Closer Than You Know by Brad Parks

Closer Than You Know by Brad Parks

341C0099-6D01-42D9-BB7A-67E645BF486DI won a copy of Closer Than You Know from a giveaway on Instagram, so thanks to Dutton Books for the free copy!

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Disaster, Melanie Barrick was once told, is always closer than you know.

It was a lesson she learned the hard way growing up in the constant upheaval of foster care. But now that she’s survived into adulthood–with a loving husband, a steady job, and a beautiful baby boy named Alex–she thought that turmoil was behind her.

Until one Monday evening when she goes to pick up Alex from childcare only to discover he’s been removed by Social Services. And no one will say why. It’s a terrifying scenario for any parent, but doubly so for Melanie, who knows the unintended horrors of what everyone coldly calls “the system.”

Her nightmare mushrooms when she arrives home to learn her house has been raided by sheriff’s deputies, who have found enough cocaine to send Melanie to prison for years. The evidence against her is overwhelming, and if Melanie can’t prove her innocence, she’ll lose Alex forever.

Meanwhile, assistant commonwealth’s attorney Amy Kaye–who has been assigned Melanie’s case–has her own troubles. She’s been dogged by a cold case no one wants her to pursue: a serial rapist who has avoided detection by wearing a mask and whispering his commands. Over the years, he has victimized dozens of women.

Including Melanie. Yet now her attacker might be the key to her salvation . . . or her undoing.

My Review:

Closer Than You Know is a very intricately woven thriller, with a very clever plot that keeps you constantly guessing. I really enjoyed the writing style and the pacing. I was sucked in right from the beginning. I did wonder at times about the choices of the characters and felt they may have been a little unrealistic.  I kept putting myself in the main character’s position and wondering what I would do: I don’t think I would rest until I got my child back, but Melanie seemed to just kind of accept it and do her best to go through the steps to get her son back. Overall, this was an enjoyable and fast paced thriller, but maybe not my favorite, I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

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