**BLOG BLITZ** Closer to Home by Heleyne Hammersley

10th October 2017

What the publisher says:

Family. Secrets. Murder.
Newly promoted DI Kate Fletcher has reluctantly returned to her home town after a twenty-year absence and a recent divorce. The discovery of a child’s body near the estate where Kate grew up has her rushing back to Thorpe – a place of bad memories and closed mouths.

As her team investigate the murder, they keep hitting dead ends. The community is reluctant to reopen old wounds and retell old stories. But Kate’s history refuses to stay buried.

Then another child disappears…

Can Kate solve the case and right the wrongs from her past?

What I say:

This is the story of Kate who has returned to her home town of Thorpe, a small town in South Yorkshire, after marriage breakdown and promotion.

We join her as she begins the investigation into the murder of a seven year old.  Her memories of her time in Thorpe as a young teenager are explored through flashback chapters although it isn’t immediately obvious why we should be interested in her past, it becomes clear later in the book.

Another child goes missing and Kate and her team must explore the possibility that there are events from the past, particularly linked to the miners’ strike, which still have a bearing on the events of today.

This is a fast paced novel exploring how the events from the past shape the future, sometimes without us even realising it.  The twists and turns were enjoyable and even though I worked out who the killer was I couldn’t work out the motive until it was explained.

Rating 4 out of 5

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