March 15, 2018

Closer Than You Know

"And all I had for protection were my own desperate prayers." ~ pg. 390

Melanie Barrick is a 31-year-old trucking company dispatcher living an ordinary life with a newborn baby and Professor-to-be-husband. Easy life, right? She should have listened when someone told her disaster is closer than you know. Her whole world flipped when she goes to pick her baby up from childcare only to discover he's been removed by Social Services. The nightmare grows when she gets home to see her house raided by sheriff's deputies, who found half a kilo of cocaine and drug paraphernalia stashed in the nursery. The very place her sweet baby sleeps! Melanie insists upon her innocence; she is not the "Coke Mom" the media and police make her out to be.

Meanwhile, assistant attorney Amy Kaye has been assigned Melanie's case along with coming close to solving a cold case: a serial rapist who has avoided getting caught by wearing a mask and whispering commands. He has victimized dozens of women, including Melanie.

"You know, for such a smart girl, you're kind of dumb sometimes. I think it's pretty obvious." ~ pg. 106

Have you ever read a book that keeps you reading late into the night, falling asleep in the middle of turning the page, waking up with it still in your hands? Then you turn on a light and keep reading as if the alarm clock isn't going off in a few hours? This is what I experienced in Brad Parks' Closer Than You Know. 

The only domestic disputes I get involved in are through fiction. This mystery unfolded in such a timely manner that every clue meant something. No filler. No unnecessary words. Not even a chapter to be scrapped in its 400+ pages. Despite the title, the suspense thriller was not easy to figure out right away. There is no exaggeration that this book was nearby for two days straight until I finished. Yes, that good! Where is the lie?

Title: Closer Than You Know
Author: Brad Parks
Published: March 2018
Pages: 402
Edition: Hardcover
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤


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