Our rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
I was lost in the twisty, windy, rocky and muddy murky coulee with three of my Traveling Sisters reading Closer Than You Know hiding in the shelter of the trees from the disasters lurking closer than we think there are.
Closer Than You Know is a fast-paced, fun, entertaining domestic suspense thriller that had us starting off hiding in the coulee rolling our eyes in disbelief a bit from some disasters that we thought might be closer than we think with the story. A little high on the drama at times and we questioned a bit of the believability of the story. At times stalling the story for me and I started to look for a way out of the coulee, however, Brad Parks pulled me into the suspense to the story and I was back lost in the coulee with my TS turning the pages as fast as I could right to the end.
Brad Parks does a good job creating strong, interesting and complex female characters here with Melanie and Amy and we really liked their characters. We dodged a few disasters in the coulee as Brad Parks throws in a few twisty tornados at us here with Melanie. He brilliantly had us feeling empathy for Melanie and her situation that did keep the story moving forward for us.
Brad Parks does a good job rewarding us with the clever twists to this one that shocked some of us and left the rest of us feeling quite clever and pleased with ourselves for figuring some things out. The ending well some mixed feelings there from us but nothing that affected our enjoyment of this story. I recommend for thriller readers who like a little well drama to their thrillers.
Review by Brenda
Publication date March 6, 2018
Thank you, NetGalley, Penguin Group Dutton and Brad Parks for a copy to read and review.
Have you ever heard that saying “Life, it can turn on a dime?” Well for Melanie Barrick, it’s true. One minute, she is happily married, with a new baby and a secure job and the next Melanie goes to pick up baby Alex from daycare only to find out he’s been taken away. Social Services picked him up earlier that day and grabbed him. No advanced warning, no nothing. Then, Melanie gets arrested for felony possession of hundreds of kilos of cocaine. Melanie professes innocence and appears blindsided by these turn of events and so does her husband. Yet, due to her past, Melanie knows better than anyone that disaster is always “Closer Than You Know.” Amy Kaye is the State’s Attorney assigned to Melanie’s case. She is tenacious and smart and she goes after criminals with a fierceness all her own.
“Closer Than You Know” is a fast-paced domestic suspense that kept me fully engrossed. This novel begs the question, what would you do if everything was taken away from you? Let’s just say that I hope I never find out! Though I found parts of the storyline to be somewhat unrealistic, I really liked the characters and couldn’t help but root for Melanie throughout
Thank you Brad Parks, Penguin Publishing and First To Read for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Melanie is running late picking up her infant son from the babysitter. And in her mind she’s playing out the worst-case scenario…OK, the babysitter fires me as a client and I find myself with no daycare. Great. Melanie has no clue that this would be the smallest bump in her road.
She arrives at the sitter only to discover her son Alex is nowhere to be found. He’s been removed by Social Services! Now with the police squarely looking at Melanie, accusations start to fly and no one will listen.
“Disaster is always closer than you know “
Meanwhile, Amy the Assistant Commonwealth Attorney, is waist-deep in an investigation tracking down a serial rapist who’s been running free for years. Now her time will be divided, as she’s pulled into leading the prosecution against Melanie.
Brad Parks does a great job in weaving a tale between seemingly separate storylines to bring them together flawlessly. A fast paced (legal) thriller that will certainly hold your attention.
While I put some of the pieces together fairly early on, there were still enough twists still to come to keep me guessing and flipping the pages (tapping my kindle).
There are some issues of believability throughout but overall I really enjoyed the writing, storyline and characters! This is the second book I’ve read by Brad Park and looking forward to more!