Close to Home
Cara Hunter

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Narrated By: Lee Ingleby, Emma Cunniffe

Duration: 9 hours and 35 minutes

What to expect

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.


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 new crime series readers and authors are raving about.


'One of the best crime thrillers I have ever read' Kathryn Croft

'The last twist was a genuine stroke of genius' John Marrs


Crime & mystery: police procedural, Crime & mystery: hard-boiled crime, noir fiction, Thriller / suspense fiction, Crime & mystery: women sleuths

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A thrilling opener to a hugely promising new series, with a cop who sidesteps all of those weary 'maverick' tropes while staying kind, compassionate, clever and just that bit out of the ordinary

Radio Times

'a gripping page turner'


Close to Home had me so gripped I couldn't put this chilling book down. Cara Hunter is a masterful storyteller

Sarah Ward, author of 'In Bitter Chill'

I finished Close to Home in one sitting! Such a cleverly written, chilling and twisty read

Nuala Ellwood

Cara Hunter's writing....lifts this from a run-of-the-mill crime thriller to a gripping page-turner. The result is an immersive experience, with many twists and turns. Compulsivereading



From a ferocious new talent, this pulse-pounding race against time to find a missing girl will be loved by fans of Susie Steiner, Tana French and Ruth Rendell.

From the publishers

Close To Home hit the ground running and didn't stop right until the final page...the last twist was a genuine stroke of genius... sets the bar for new crime writers

John Marrs, author of The One

Close to Home is an utterly immersive story that pulls you into the heart of a search for a missing child. Compulsive, with an ending you will not see coming

Emma Kavanagh

One of the best crime thrillers I have ever read!

Kathryn Croft

Hunter has a keen sense of contemporary mores...The most compelling thing about the novel is its portrait of a self-absorbed mother whose inability to love her children leads to a breathtaking denouement.

Sunday Times

'In this gripping mystery, Hunter keeps her readers guessing about Daisy's fate until the last page.'

Daily Express

A mazey, gripping read

Ian Rankin

Cara Hunter has written like a pro, with admirable command of pace and rising tension