Closer Than You Know

Closer Than You Know Brad Parks delivers another riveting emotionally powerful stand alone domestic suspense thriller perfect for fans of The Couple Next Door and What She Knew Disaster Melanie Barr

  • Title: Closer Than You Know
  • Author: Brad Parks
  • ISBN: 1101985623
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Brad Parks delivers another riveting, emotionally powerful stand alone domestic suspense thriller perfect for fans of The Couple Next Door and What She Knew 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 lo Brad Parks delivers another riveting, emotionally powerful stand alone domestic suspense thriller perfect for fans of The Couple Next Door and What She Knew 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 402 pages Published March 6th 2018 by Dutton Books More Details ISBN 1101985623 ISBN13 9781101985625 Edition Language English Other Editions 9 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book Closer Than You Know by Brad Parks Author Release date Feb 12, 2019 A riveting, emotionally powerful stand alone domestic suspense thriller perfect for fans of The Couple Next Door and What She Knew.Disaster, Melanie B A riveting, emotionally powerful stand alone domestic suspense thriller perfect for fans of The Couple Next Door and What She Knew.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 Tuesday 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 Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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REALLY enjoyed it When I first read the description for this novel, I was thoroughly intrigued I couldn t wait to start reading.The book opens with a well dressed affluent couple walking into Shenandoah Valley Social Services As they are about to enter the man turns to his wife and says Remember, we re perfect and the wife replies The perfect couple The Family Serv My reviews can also be seen at Stars This was my first Brad Parks read and I REALLY enjoyed it When I first read the description for this novel, I was thoroughly intrigued I couldn t wait to start reading.The book opens with a well dressed affluent couple walking into Shenandoah Valley Social Services As they are about to enter the man turns to his wife and says Remember, we re perfect and the wife replies The perfect couple The Family Services specialist agrees with them Families like theirs usually adopted privately or traveled abroad But they want to foster and adopt locally They are reminded that it could be months or years before a baby is available But the couple seem unconcerned They completed all of the necessary steps and now they are receiving their certificate As they are leaving the woman wonders if this could have all been for nothing The man tells her not to worry We ll have a baby in no time Melanie Barrick knows firsthand what social services or the system is like She grew up in it But she survived her childhood and now has a great job, a wonderful husband, and best of all she has Alex, her perfect son But Melanie s life turns into a nightmare when she attempts to pick up her son from daycare only to be told that he s been taken away by social services Melanie doesn t understand how this could happen But she gets no help from the babysitter The only thing the woman will say to her They told me all about you I hope they get that child as far away from you as possible Melanie knows that occasionally horrible people will call in fake anonymous tips to social services But who would do this to her family Melanie is terrified because she knows that once a family is in the system, it is guilty until proven innocent As Melanie pulls into her driveway at home, she tries to calm down She reassures herself that they will sort this out, that everything will be okay THEN she sees that there is police tape stretched across her front door And unfortunately, the hits just keep coming Melanie learned a lot of things from her time as a ward of the state, but the one thing she s always remembered Disaster is always closer than you know WOW You sure know how to tell a great story, Mr Parks Fast paced and gripping, this was an awesome read After a really intense and intriguing start, it was impossible for me to put this novel down I didn t want to stop reading I was anxious one minute and terrified the next I could NOT wait to see how it all was going to play out.This was a fast paced psychological suspense with great characters and a story line that didn t disappoint There was a lot going on and it all came together to what I thought was an excellent ending.I can easily see just how much research the author put into this novel Although it is a fictional story, there are still many things that can be learned here It was really interesting reading how this story came about I am really looking forward to reading from Brad Parks.I d like to thank Dutton for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review flag 206 likesLike see review View all 59 comments Christine Really fantastic review, Im hooked Jan 30, 2019 01 54AM Deanna Christine wrote Really fantastic review, Im hooked It was a good one I hope you enjoy Jan 30, 2019 07 37AM Mar 28, 2018 Kaceey Traveling Sister rated it really liked it review of another edition 3.5 rounding 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 3.5 rounding 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 passed 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 A Traveling Sister read with Brenda Susanne and Diane For this review and our full Traveling Sister review please visit Brenda and Norma s fabulous blog flag 120 likesLike see review View all 42 comments Mar 27, 2018 Susanne Strong rated it really liked it Shelves traveling sister read, first to read 3.5 Stars rounded up 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 a 3.5 Stars rounded up 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 With Amy on Melanie s trail, no one is safe 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 This was a Traveling Sister read with Brenda, Kaceey and Diane For full traveling sister group read reviews, please see Brenda and Norma s blog you Brad Parks, Penguin Publishing and First To Read for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review Published on and First to Read on 3.27.18 flag 95 likesLike see review View all 40 comments Mar 22, 2018 Diane S rated it really liked it Almost against my will I was dragged to an acceptance level I never could have predicted That so many things, bad things, could be visited on one person seemed less than credible Then I though of a few people I knew who have had than their share of misfortune, so who am I too say it can t happen Melanie is finally happy, after she and her brother were removed from their abusive homes, they were raised in the foster system Now though she is married to Ben, they have a three month old inf Almost against my will I was dragged to an acceptance level I never could have predicted That so many things, bad things, could be visited on one person seemed less than credible Then I though of a few people I knew who have had than their share of misfortune, so who am I too say it can t happen Melanie is finally happy, after she and her brother were removed from their abusive homes, they were raised in the foster system Now though she is married to Ben, they have a three month old infant, Alex and she has a job that pays the bills Until one day.well that is the story.Melanie, is a great character, she is a fighter, never gives up though at times she comes close Who is doing this to her and why How does she prove she is not involved in any of these scenarios There is also a side thread, a gentleman rapist who whispers The attorney trying to find this person is another strong female lead A sisters read that provided much fodder for discussion.So even though I questioned a few things, in the end this entertaining, fast paced read, with some great characters, won me over The ending though pat, was acceptable after everything that came before I had read somewhere that a good author can make you forget and accept the unbelievable While I didn t forget, Parks did make me sccept this story Plus, he sure did put together an entertaing read that kept me guessingC from Netgalley flag 93 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Mar 17, 2018 Book of Secrets rated it really liked it 4.25 Stars Folks, this book made me a nervous wreck The protagonist Melanie Barrick is faced with a nightmare scenario She goes pick up her infant son from daycare, only to be told he was taken away by Social Services, and no one will tell her why or where he is Honestly, I don t know how I would continue to function Things get worse when she gets home to find the police have raided her home and found a HUGE dealer s amount of cocaine hidden in the ceiling Defending herself seems hopeles 4.25 Stars Folks, this book made me a nervous wreck The protagonist Melanie Barrick is faced with a nightmare scenario She goes pick up her infant son from daycare, only to be told he was taken away by Social Services, and no one will tell her why or where he is Honestly, I don t know how I would continue to function Things get worse when she gets home to find the police have raided her home and found a HUGE dealer s amount of cocaine hidden in the ceiling Defending herself seems hopeless, and thoughts of being reunited with her baby are all that keep her goingOSER THAN YOU KNOW was a great read, fast paced and exciting, and I will forgive the nervous knot it put in my stomach It wasn t without some flaws though There were a few things that just didn t make sense like why only Melanie was blamed for the hidden cocaine and not her husband too I did figure out the culprit about half way through, but that didn t detract from my enjoyment I was still flipping pages as fast as I could to see if how Melanie got out of her predicament I could easily sympathize with Melanie, and I liked the prosecuting attorney, Amy Kaye, too Both were smart, tough, and relatable I m looking forward to from Brad Parks.Disclosure I received a copy of this book through Penguin s First to Read Program in exchange for an honest review flag 74 likesLike see review View 1 comment Mar 26, 2018 Brenda Traveling Sister rated it really liked it 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 time 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 Publication date March 6, 2018Thank you, NetGalley, Penguin Group Dutton and Brad Parks for a copy to read and review Review is written and posted on our themed book blog Two Sisters Lost In A Coulee Readingtps twosisterslostinacouleeCoulee a term applied rather loosely to different landforms, all of which refer to a kind of valley flag 66 likesLike see review View all 34 comments Apr 17, 2018 Linda rated it really liked it Shelves mystery thrillers Some people are just misery magnetsthe bad stuff sticks to them like sap from a freshly cut Christmas tree Ya just can t shake it off.Melanie Barrick is playing beat the clock as she rushes to pick up her infant son from childcare Extra charges or immediate ousting if you re past 6 o clock But the door is locked and the owner s voice slams a heavy load on her Alex is with Social Services Melanie will now enter into the endless infinity of the Maze from Hell and I m sure Dante will be Some people are just misery magnetsthe bad stuff sticks to them like sap from a freshly cut Christmas tree Ya just can t shake it off.Melanie Barrick is playing beat the clock as she rushes to pick up her infant son from childcare Extra charges or immediate ousting if you re past 6 o clock But the door is locked and the owner s voice slams a heavy load on her Alex is with Social Services Melanie will now enter into the endless infinity of the Maze from Hell and I m sure Dante will be giving us the guided tour No amount of begging, pleading, or promising will detour the head of Social Services into returning Alex to his mother This dark day is gonna get darker minute by minute A Sheriff s patrol car is waiting in the driveway for Melanie An elephant s weight in cocaine has been found in the ceiling in Alex s nursery including drug paraphernalia Our girl looks to be serving time for serving up drugs as a dealer.Swimming in a pit of vipers is not routine for Melanie No way is she going to be hanging by the heels for something she didn t do She s tough and she s focused Survival is her mantra after experiencing a horrible rape two years ago and fighting her way through the fostercare system as a child Melanie will engage the law and the law breakers in many many unexpected ways.Brad Parks is relentless in his presentation of a mother battling the system for her child and her good name Seriouslyyou are going to be hyperventilating by the last page You have to shake out all those little incredulous minions that usually reside in your head Those little voices that try to persuade you to live in the Town of Reality Parks is gonna be throwing tickets to Crazy Town at you instead Believe me, I m glad I was onboard for this wild, wild ride Slide the bar in front of you and lock into this roller coaster where Melanie s car goes off the tracks every turn of the page WooHoo flag 65 likesLike see review View all 26 comments Apr 05, 2018 Sarah Joint rated it really liked it So many twists, you ll get dizzy This roller coaster of a book is my first read by Brad Parks, but likely won t be my last It definitely kept me reading and reading and tired the next day because I sacrificed some of my precious sleep Many will have a hard time buying a lot of what happens in this one, but I ll give some advice just go with it You ll enjoy it if you aren t questioning the probability of everything It s a good story and a wild ride, a finely crafted domestic lega So many twists, you ll get dizzy This roller coaster of a book is my first read by Brad Parks, but likely won t be my last It definitely kept me reading and reading and tired the next day because I sacrificed some of my precious sleep Many will have a hard time buying a lot of what happens in this one, but I ll give some advice just go with it You ll enjoy it if you aren t questioning the probability of everything It s a good story and a wild ride, a finely crafted domestic legal thriller Melanie is not having a great day Her worthless co worker was late to relieve her yet again, leaving her rushing to pick up her baby from his sitter Good childcare is hard to find, and she s already been pushing her luck with her tardiness To her surprise, when she gets there she doesn t just get an admonishment the woman who cares for her son won t even open the door for her To scold her or even inform her she s no longer welcome as a client is one thing, but to keep her from getting her child She demands him back, but it turns out he isn t there and hasn t been for hours Her perfectly healthy, well cared for, adored son has been taken away by social services the same system that swallowed Melanie up as a child Melanie and her husband Ben didn t grow up with much, but they are shining examples of educated, hard working, law abiding citizens How could this happen Attorney Amy Kaye is assigned to Melanie s case, but they aren t complete strangers She s been obsessed with investigating a local rapist who whispers to his victims and has spent years unidentified One of the women this unknown man attacked was Melanie While Amy continues to fight for justice for the victims, she may be putting Melanie herself behind bars if she can t prove her own innocence against a staggering amount of evidence I received a copy of this book from Penguin s First to Read program, thank you My review is honest and unbiased. flag 46 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Mar 03, 2018 Amy rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley, physical arcs Part domestic suspend and part legal thriller, Closer Than You Know brought some of my worst fears as a parent to life Imagine going to pick up your baby from the babysitter only to be told they were taken by Social Services earlier that day Things get even worse when you go home and find your house has been raided and a substantial amount of cocaine has been found To top it all off, you or your husband don t do drugs and never would, this whole thing is a set up and you are utterly powerless Part domestic suspend and part legal thriller, Closer Than You Know brought some of my worst fears as a parent to life Imagine going to pick up your baby from the babysitter only to be told they were taken by Social Services earlier that day Things get even worse when you go home and find your house has been raided and a substantial amount of cocaine has been found To top it all off, you or your husband don t do drugs and never would, this whole thing is a set up and you are utterly powerless Your life is in shambles and you have no choices, no hope How do you prove your innocence in a seemingly slam dunk case It s impossible and that s what terrifies me.I kept picturing myself in Melanie s situation and couldn t even imagine her fear and desperation Parks did an amazing job at accurately portraying her emotional state, I could feel her pain and anguish, it broke my heart The characterization is outstanding, besides Melanie her husband Ben is well developed and you also see things from the perspective of Amy, the lawyer working the case I loved her and found her to be a sharp, astute woman bound by justice who s willing to take chances in order to do what s right.This was relentlessly paced, there was always something going on, a new development full of twists and turns making it really hard for me to put down when real life was calling There was enough legal excitement to keep things interesting but not so much that I was bored, this was always exciting and engaging and after two back to back amazing reads from Parks, I ll be backing him as an author no matter what he writes next.Closer Than You Know in three words Complex, Thrilling and Compelling flag 40 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Mar 05, 2018 Chandra Claypool wherethereadergrows rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arc I found Brad Parks last year with his book, Say Nothing I LOVED IT His second book, Closer Than You Know, is also a winner in my book Let s talk about the characters for a moment There s a LOT going on in this book with Melanie s past, what s happening to her now, how they intersect and how the prosecuting attorney comes into play I m not a mother so I can t imagine how hard it would be to have your child ripped away from you with no warning whatsoever I mean, Melanie s already been throug I found Brad Parks last year with his book, Say Nothing I LOVED IT His second book, Closer Than You Know, is also a winner in my book Let s talk about the characters for a moment There s a LOT going on in this book with Melanie s past, what s happening to her now, how they intersect and how the prosecuting attorney comes into play I m not a mother so I can t imagine how hard it would be to have your child ripped away from you with no warning whatsoever I mean, Melanie s already been through enough can t this woman get a break Then to have drug charges put on top of that while still dealing with an aftermath of a rape from a while ago WOAH I really would ve loved to have learned about her husband his part was too minor for the character he was given, but that s just my opinion I really enjoyed the lawyers both defending and prosecuting and while we learned quite a bit about Amy, I would ve loved to have seen of Mr Honeywell I have a very special place in my heart for him.Ok, so let s get to the book It s fast paced, easy to read and kept me glued to the pages all day today I ll admit I had it all figured out pretty early on Did this take away from the joy of the read NOPE Not at all I feel like you need to suspend a bit of reality about the happenings in these story lines but that really didn t make a difference to me I mean, it s FICTION after all, right Brad Parks has a fan in me and I will be on the look out for his upcoming work If you re looking for a part domestic suspense with a dash of legal thriller mixed in, I think it s safe to say you ll enjoy this read Put this one on your TBR.Thanks so much to Dutton Books for this copy flag 24 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 05, 2018 Kevin rated it really liked it Shelves library ebook, mystery thrillers, virginia Melanie Barrick races home from work late to pick up her son from childcare worried that her childminder will quit She finds social services have taken her child She arrives home to find her house ransacked by the sheriff s department and is arrested for possession of half a kilo of cocaine which she has never seen This one is a true page turner Though I guessed early who the villain was I found the story line very compelling A quick read because you won t be able to put it down I d place Melanie Barrick races home from work late to pick up her son from childcare worried that her childminder will quit She finds social services have taken her child She arrives home to find her house ransacked by the sheriff s department and is arrested for possession of half a kilo of cocaine which she has never seen This one is a true page turner Though I guessed early who the villain was I found the story line very compelling A quick read because you won t be able to put it down I d place this one right on the shelf next to Harlan Coben s books flag 21 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 04, 2018 Brad Parks rated it it was amazing Review from the author Shelves brad s recommended reads This is a great book Once you start, you won t be able to put it down What did you think I was going to say That it sucked flag 18 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 09, 2018 Bookread2day rated it liked it review of another edition I enjoyed Say Nothing much than this new novel flag 18 likesLike see review View all 4 comments May 04, 2018 Maureen rated it it was amazing Shelves psychological suspense Loved this book flag 16 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Sep 21, 2018 Liz rated it really liked it Shelves 2018 release A shocking and twisted conspiracy against a mother and her son This book is definitely any Mother s worst nightmare Parks delivered a suspenseful, clever plot that was definitely filled with its share of smoke and mirrors I loved that This book was a very entertaining read Thrilling police procedural and court room dramathis book had it all and even left me wanting 4 entertaining stars A shocking and twisted conspiracy against a mother and her son This book is definitely any Mother s worst nightmare Parks delivered a suspenseful, clever plot that was definitely filled with its share of smoke and mirrors I loved that This book was a very entertaining read Thrilling police procedural and court room dramathis book had it all and even left me wanting 4 entertaining stars flag 13 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Mar 18, 2018 Gare Billings rated it it was amazing CLOSER THAN YOU KNOW by Brad Parks is a cautionary tale of not only the ugliness and devastation that some people harbor, but it s also a tale about the love a mother has for her child I loved this novel, with its domestic suspense plot line that is as impressive as it is horrifying, but I also really enjoyed the legal thriller aspect of this one too It was not only twisty and fun, but flawlessly executed Parks does a fantastic job of jumping between storylines until they are not only connect CLOSER THAN YOU KNOW by Brad Parks is a cautionary tale of not only the ugliness and devastation that some people harbor, but it s also a tale about the love a mother has for her child I loved this novel, with its domestic suspense plot line that is as impressive as it is horrifying, but I also really enjoyed the legal thriller aspect of this one too It was not only twisty and fun, but flawlessly executed Parks does a fantastic job of jumping between storylines until they are not only connected, but minute details mentioned throughout the novel that fester in the back of your head are fully present and adding even jaw dropping suspense This one not only starts off with a bang, but reels the reader in and doesn t hold back with plot twists, terrifyingly accurate characters, and suspense that just does not give up.I not only enjoyed the story to this one, but Parks writing is truly fantastic I am not a parent, I do not work for the government, and I certainly don t know the ins and outs of the legal system But with Parks writing, everything is laid out there so efficiently that when you read something, you are ready to take on the case When writing characters, I found myself smirking and cringing Someone would do something and I would say Oh, so and so isn t going to like that or make a remark and say Typical It s like you know these characters and have been around them enough to know the good and the bad I especially liked that the two main characters that carried this story were female and how fantastic Parks did in writing them These women were unlike most heroines in thrillers as they were realistic to me and really took control of the situations around them and they were badass women worthy of applause I will admit, while I do enjoy domestic suspense, I was a little hesitant on this one at first as I have never read much into legal thrillers The vocabulary is a little foreign to me an I was nervous I wound t catch on, but once I began to read this one and got invested in the storyline, I couldn t help but continue and soon I found myself completely addicted So, if you re hesitant as well, don t let it hold you back This is a fast paced emotional thriller that not only delivers, but has an ending that is bone chilling Special thanks to Dutton for providing me with this copy in exchange for my honest review flag 12 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 23, 2018 Pat rated it really liked it 4.5 stars As you read this you have to remind yourself to breathe as the pace is relentless Just read it flag 12 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 27, 2018 Tamara rated it it was amazing Shelves favorites Fantastic flag 11 likesLike see review Dec 06, 2017 Hobart rated it it was amazing Shelves 2017 reads 1 2 rounded up This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. When you read a book about a dog from Marley Me to Where the Red Fern Grows you ve got a pretty good idea what s going to happen near the end Same goes for a Nora Ephron movie Or a Horror flick But you still read or watch them, and you cry, or laugh and awww , or jump in your seat when you re supposed to Even on repeat reads viewings But when done right, those things just work Similarly, think of 1 2 rounded up This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. When you read a book about a dog from Marley Me to Where the Red Fern Grows you ve got a pretty good idea what s going to happen near the end Same goes for a Nora Ephron movie Or a Horror flick But you still read or watch them, and you cry, or laugh and awww , or jump in your seat when you re supposed to Even on repeat reads viewings But when done right, those things just work Similarly, think of a roller coaster you may stand outside the fence watching the thing go around the track while standing in line some lines give you plenty of opportunity to study , and armed with that study, as well as the your own eyes, you know that track is going to drop from in front of you in a couple of seconds or the coaster is about to hit the loop that doesn t stop your stomach from lurching when it does.Why do I bother with that It s a thought that kept running through the back of my mind while reading Closer Than You Know By the time I hit the 10% mark, if you d made me write down what I expected to happen the reveals, the twists, the story beats, etc I d have gotten an A I m not saying I m smarter than the average bear or anything, anyone who s read watched a handful of thrillers would ve been able to, too And it worked It absolutely worked How Parks pulls it off, I do not know, but he does He s just that good.And all the stuff that I didn t guess Oh, man, it was just so sweet when Parks delivered it, there were a couple of scenes that just left me stunned And, I should rush to note, the way Parks made a couple of reveals that I d seen coming from the start were so well done, it was like I hadn t called the shot.In his previous stand alone, Parks said that he wanted to write about the thing that scares him the most his children being kidnapped Closer Than You Know taps into a very similar fear Child Protective Services taking your child from you, leaving you to the mercies of the machine where you re presumed guilty This time instead of the bad guys, faceless criminals, taking someone s kids, this time it s the forces of justice, of law and order, taking the child they re celebrated for it, they re doing it for the best interests of the child What s worse is that no one will tell Melanie Barrick why her infant son had been taken from his daycare Melanie spent most of her childhood in the Foster Child system, and most of that time in the worse situations that system has to offer This isn t the stuff of nightmares for Melanie, mostly because I don t think she has enough imagination for her subconscious to cook this up And then she s arrested for possession of cocaine and paraphernalia suggesting distribution a felony that will guarantee she s about to lose her little Alex for good Melanie is a good person she s one of the success stories that we don t see as often as we d like from the Foster Child system She worked to put herself through college has a great, supportive husband a lousy job but with benefits but one that will help her family get somewhere and is a devoted, doting, loving mother The kind of person we all want to think we re surrounded by, but fear we probably aren t.From this point on, it s a cyclone for despair as every part of her life her job, her husband, her brother, her friends, her finances, her sense of privacy and security is affected, is under siege during this ordeal Can Melanie maintain her hope, maintain her innocence, maintain her conviction that she ll hold her baby boy again In charge of prosecuting Coke Mom the press is always so quick with these nicknames , is Amy Kaye Amy Kaye could easily be the protagonist in any legal thriller, she s just the kind of character you want to read in that kind of thing She s smart, dedicated and driven at the moment, she s primarily concerned with a serial rape investigation that she s doing pretty much on her own Amy starts to make progress for the first time in years when she s put on this prosecution largely for political reasons which she s than willing to do, but she hates to take away time and attention from the rape investigation What really makes this difficult for Kaye is that Melanie is one of the most recent victims in this investigation.So basically, things are not going well for these two women There are occasional moments where there is hope, where there is a hint of humor, or life for them and it s just enough to get you to let your guard down before the gears turn again and life gets bad Melanie seems to be a living embodiment of Murphy s Law things just never go her way in this book As she notes herself, addicts talk about hitting rock bottom she isn t like them, she keeps finding new bottoms It s during this part of the book, where the gears keep grinding away, where the Justice System seems most like a machine, and least like a method for determining not presupposing guilt, that things will really get to you That stomach lurching I mentioned earlier That image came from somewhere It feels so real, it feels like this is something that actually happened to someone that Parks spent hours interviewing I don t know how you read these parts of the book and not get demoralized but unable to put the book down, because you just have to, have to know what happens next.As I ve said before, I ve been a Brad Parks fan since the first time I read his debut novel and I miss Carter Ross, the star of his series The bad thing for me reading Say Nothing and Closer Than You Know is that these are so good, he s going to spend years doing books like this and I don t know if he ll be able to get back to Carter On the other hand, I can t complain really if he s putting out reading that s this compelling Yeah, I said the book was largely predictable and you ll likely find it the same But you will be wrong about some things and you won t know how he ll show you that you re right Think of a NASCAR race we all know that it s basically a series of guys going fast and turning left but it s how they go fast and turn left that makes all the difference Parks delivers the goods the word riveting doesn t do this book justice It s compelling, riveting, gripping, exciting, and will make you rethink so much of what you may believe of the Criminal Justice and Child Protective systems You will laugh, you will be stunned in good and bad ways , you will give up hope for this poor mother And you will hate when the book ends as much as you breathe a sigh of relief as you know you have some degree of closure Disclaimer I received this eARC from Dutton Books via NetGalley in exchange for this post thanks to both for this. flag 10 likesLike see review Nov 10, 2018 Adrienne rated it it was amazing Shelves thriller Excellent, suspenseful, unputdownable, well plotted Best of all, when you get to the end, all the highways and byways, make plausible sense flag 10 likesLike see review View 1 comment Mar 04, 2018 Susan Johnson rated it liked it Shelves net galley Imagine a Lifetime movie starring Tori Spelling and you pretty much got the plot of this book I was quite disappointed as this author writes a hysterically funny, laugh out loud series featuring reporter Carter Ross I know authors like to try new genres but this book was not funny nor was it intended to be I get it There was one really funny bit when the protagonist, Melanie Barrick, is sitting in jail reading a Carter Ross book five times That was clever Barrick is having a terrible day Imagine a Lifetime movie starring Tori Spelling and you pretty much got the plot of this book I was quite disappointed as this author writes a hysterically funny, laugh out loud series featuring reporter Carter Ross I know authors like to try new genres but this book was not funny nor was it intended to be I get it There was one really funny bit when the protagonist, Melanie Barrick, is sitting in jail reading a Carter Ross book five times That was clever Barrick is having a terrible day Her child is taken from her by Social Services She is arrested for drug distribution of a massive amount of cocaine, then trying to sell her baby on the black market and then murder She can not catch a break As a product of the foster care system, she views authority with great mistrust and with good reason apparently As the story unwinds, a serial rapist known as The Whisperer is also being sought You will never guess who had a run in with him Can this girl catch a break No, not on Lifetime Oops I mean this mean this book The book has one of the most preposterous endings I have read in a long time but it will look good in the movie This book is good for those who like Lifetime movies For the rest of us, I would read Parks Carter Ross series and have a great time Thank you Net Galley for a copy of this book flag 10 likesLike see review View 2 comments Feb 08, 2018 Thebooktrail rated it really liked it Shelves book set in usa, crime fiction Visit the locations in the bookBrad Parks is one neat writer The action rattles along at break neck speed, there s a lot to think about, a lot to worry about with the characters and a lot to take in and remember as you just know one small thing is going to come and bite you on the bum if you forget it.It starts like a car screeching away from the scene of a crime, which is ironic as that s kind of what happens A mother gets home to find out her child has been taken in to care Care home is shu Visit the locations in the bookBrad Parks is one neat writer The action rattles along at break neck speed, there s a lot to think about, a lot to worry about with the characters and a lot to take in and remember as you just know one small thing is going to come and bite you on the bum if you forget it.It starts like a car screeching away from the scene of a crime, which is ironic as that s kind of what happens A mother gets home to find out her child has been taken in to care Care home is shut And it s all because the police have found drugs in her house which she didn t put there.Ok so the sequences of events which follows is unbelievable in many parts but I didn t mind as the writing was so vivid and whipped me along with it It was exciting to read and I wanted to know what was going to happen That opening scene stays with you and that s very effective throughout Brad peppers the novel with red herrings, twists and goodness knows what else but it all works As does Mr Honeywell, the lawyer in the novel I did like him So PARK yourself down and get reading this for a very enjoyable ride flag 10 likesLike see review Mar 15, 2018 Jayme rated it really liked it Shelves thriller tbr I recently discovered this author, reading Say Nothing first, and now Closer Than You Know and he is two for two in my book If you enjoy reading thrillers with a family in crisis, and the inevitable legal drama that follows, Brad Parks is for you When Melanie goes to pick up her son Alex from daycare, she is told that he has been removed by social services, and she cannot imagine why It gets worse from there as she finds out that drugs have been found in the nursery of her house, and she I recently discovered this author, reading Say Nothing first, and now Closer Than You Know and he is two for two in my book If you enjoy reading thrillers with a family in crisis, and the inevitable legal drama that follows, Brad Parks is for you When Melanie goes to pick up her son Alex from daycare, she is told that he has been removed by social services, and she cannot imagine why It gets worse from there as she finds out that drugs have been found in the nursery of her house, and she cannot even have visits with her son, who has been placed with a foster family, until she proves her innocence But who is framing her, and why Assistant Commonwealth attorney Amy Kaye is prosecuting and despite some doubts she has about the case, her boss is pushing for a conviction, as he is up for re election You will root for Melanie and feel nervous that neither Amy, nor the court appointed lawyer, Mr Honeywell will care enough to figure out if she is guilty or innocentthe writing is that good I only wish there had been an epilogue where Melanie could have one last conversation with each of the unlikely characters who had rallied around her in the end flag 9 likesLike see review View 2 comments Mar 22, 2018 Dave rated it liked it Shelves penguin first to read, read borrowed The airport racks are filled with easy reading novels with wide appeal Closer Than You Know definitely has a place on those racks and was clearly designed to appeal to a large audience It s a conspiracy story where the lead character finds her whose world turned upside down, her child taken from her, her life torn apart, orange jumpsuits, and a Byzantine Kafka esque maze where it s almost impossible to prove her innocence Nothing special though Going against the herd here in finding that it The airport racks are filled with easy reading novels with wide appeal Closer Than You Know definitely has a place on those racks and was clearly designed to appeal to a large audience It s a conspiracy story where the lead character finds her whose world turned upside down, her child taken from her, her life torn apart, orange jumpsuits, and a Byzantine Kafka esque maze where it s almost impossible to prove her innocence Nothing special though Going against the herd here in finding that it felt empty and soulless to me without realistic characters or situations flag 9 likesLike see review View 1 comment Feb 16, 2018 Katie katieladyreads rated it liked it I guess I just don t sympathize with mothers because the main character annoyed me for the most part I did enjoy the female attorney character a lot probably the only reason I finished the book Overall, the plot was completely unrealistic and predictable I kept waiting for that big twist but alas it did not come flag 8 likesLike see review Mar 21, 2018 YC rated it liked it Shelves next Easy, fun, crime fluff read Pick this one up after you ve gone through your TBR flag 8 likesLike see review Mar 12, 2018 Luanne Ollivier rated it it was amazing Closer Than You Know is the latest stand alone from author Brad Parks Last year s Say Nothing was the first time I d read Parks and it was a book I couldn t put down I was eager to read this latest and I couldn t put it down either As he did in Say Nothing, Parks premise preys upon a parent s worst fear their child disappearing.Melanie Barrick goes to pick up her infant son Alex from the childminder, only to be told that Social Services has taken the child A large amount of cocaine has b Closer Than You Know is the latest stand alone from author Brad Parks Last year s Say Nothing was the first time I d read Parks and it was a book I couldn t put down I was eager to read this latest and I couldn t put it down either As he did in Say Nothing, Parks premise preys upon a parent s worst fear their child disappearing.Melanie Barrick goes to pick up her infant son Alex from the childminder, only to be told that Social Services has taken the child A large amount of cocaine has been found in Melanie s house Police are on their way to find her and Alex is gone Melanie protests her innocence, but at every step of the way, the evidence against her grows and her chances of ever seeing her son again lessen.Great premise and Parks only builds the tension with every new plot development, ensuring that I stayed up much too late, reading just one chapter Parks manipulates the reader with some red herrings, alternate paths and than one whodunit to choose from along the way to the final pages There were a few plot points that I thought were perhaps a bit far fetched, but I didn t think too hard about them instead I just kept turning pages And although my suspicions were proven out in the end, I really enjoyed the journey to the final reveal.Closer Than You Know is told from than one viewpoint I was drawn to Melanie and her inner thoughts I did find her a bit calm in situations that I would have been losing it The background Parks has drawn for her addresses this The next door neighbor Bobby Ray was also a character I quite liked Amy, the Assistant DA was a character I initially had high hopes for, but as the story progressed, her tunnel vision frustrated me But my hands down fave was Melanie s rumpled, unprepossessing lawyer Mr Honeywell.All in all, Closer Than You Know was a fast paced, entertaining read Fans of Linwood Barclay and Harlan Coben will enjoy this one And this reader will be eagerly awaiting Parks next book flag 7 likesLike see review Dec 02, 2017 Heather rated it it was amazing Damn, Brad Parks can write I never wanted this book to end This thriller starts off with a bang Melanie Barrick goes to pick up her baby, Alex, from childcare only to discover he s been removed by social services and nobody will tell her why Through her own sleuthing she finds out, the police discovered large amounts of cocaine in her house, making her look like a drug dealer She s thrown in jail and because neither she or her husband, Ben, have much money, she s assigned an attorney Then Damn, Brad Parks can write I never wanted this book to end This thriller starts off with a bang Melanie Barrick goes to pick up her baby, Alex, from childcare only to discover he s been removed by social services and nobody will tell her why Through her own sleuthing she finds out, the police discovered large amounts of cocaine in her house, making her look like a drug dealer She s thrown in jail and because neither she or her husband, Ben, have much money, she s assigned an attorney Then other things she believed turn out to be false So much so, that s she s bewildered and has to find out what s fiction and what s not.I guarantee any thriller aficionado will absolutely love this book It has everything a good one needs deftly woven plot lines, suspicion shed on multiple characters, excellent writing and character development And I can t wait to read another one of Parks books flag 7 likesLike see review Mar 06, 2018 Jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves partner read Thanks to Dutton Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review Check out my blog for a brief author QA Last year I was introduced to Brad Parks when I read SAY NOTHING you can see my review here , and I was hooked from the start So when I saw he had another thriller releasing I was so ready to get sucked in again CLOSER THAN YOU KNOW is another page turning thriller meets court room drama and did not disappoint Melanie s life has been anything but perfect Growing up in Thanks to Dutton Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review Check out my blog for a brief author QA Last year I was introduced to Brad Parks when I read SAY NOTHING you can see my review here , and I was hooked from the start So when I saw he had another thriller releasing I was so ready to get sucked in again CLOSER THAN YOU KNOW is another page turning thriller meets court room drama and did not disappoint Melanie s life has been anything but perfect Growing up in the foster care system made for a rough upbringing but now she has a loving husband, a healthy son, and a stable job Has her awful past been left behind her for good Melanie s security is shattered when she goes to pick up Alex from daycare but is told that Social Services has already taken him With no reason given Melanie is determined to get her son back, but this will prove to be much difficult that she could ever imagine.Throw in enough cocaine to land her with a few felonies, a cold case no one wants, and a serial rapist that has been on the run for years, Melanie will stop at nothing to get Alex back before he lost to the system.In true form, this book pulled me in from the start Despite there being a lot of characters it was easy to keep everyone straight and I loved learning about each of them I really enjoyed the court room drama portion and the scenes involving the defense and prosecution While some thriller fans might be able to figure out the ending early on, this did not take away from the entertainment value of this read.If you re looking for a thriller suspense novel to suck you in and not let go, then you need to get some Brad Parks on your TBR Another solid read and I m looking forward to from him in the future.I give this 4.5 5 stars flag 6 likesLike see review Feb 28, 2018 Angie Elle rated it it was amazing ARC from Netgalley4.5 starsIt only took a glance at the blurb of Closer Than You Know for me to realize how hard this book was going to be to read Anytime a mother and a child are separated, for whatever reason, I know it s going to be a heart wrenching read.Melanie Barrick goes to work one day, assuming everything in her life is fine until she goes to her son s daycare after work to pick him up only to find he s been taken by Social Services And with that, we re thrown into Melanie s shoes ARC from Netgalley4.5 starsIt only took a glance at the blurb of Closer Than You Know for me to realize how hard this book was going to be to read Anytime a mother and a child are separated, for whatever reason, I know it s going to be a heart wrenching read.Melanie Barrick goes to work one day, assuming everything in her life is fine until she goes to her son s daycare after work to pick him up only to find he s been taken by Social Services And with that, we re thrown into Melanie s shoes Growing up in foster care, all she ever wanted was a stable home with a white picket fence, and Melanie thought she d found it I will say the fact that Melanie grew up in foster care herself and knows what it is like added another layer of heartbreak for me It shredded her to know her son was going through the same thing and for who knew how long But this is just the beginning for Melanie the hits keep on coming against his poor woman right until the very end of this book I won t say that parts weren t predictable, but there were parts that I did not see coming, and no matter what was going on, I was invested in this story and could not put it down.This story was told from multiple perspectives, all of which I found interesting, and I think that made the book just fly by for me It was Amy Kaye s perspective I enjoyed the most She was working on another case alongside this one, and it was fascinating the way the cases wound together in ways than one There were a few standout characters in this book Bobby Ray I really enjoyed the progression of this acquaintanceship and the way Melanie and Bobby Ray found common ground as devastating as it was, and were able to work together despite their differences, a prison guard where Melanie was being held I like how this person seemingly came out of nowhere and was there for Melanie when she had no one, and her lawyer what a great about face with that character.There were a few inconsistencies in this story for one, why did the police only focus in on Melanie and not her husband when the drugs are found in their home Admittedly, I read this in another review on , but it was a solid point and one that wouldn t leave my mind once I read it Also, Melanie held on to information that should have been tossed right out there, and I couldn t understand why And lastly, I would expect someone who finds their child has been taken to be much frantic and persistent than Melanie was.Despite those things, I loved his book As sad as this story was, it was also heartwarming Melanie had people in her corner that she had no idea about, and had I not been sneak reading at work, I m sure I would have been crying reading it.This book built steadily toward its climax, but the end, the very end was such a simple, unimpressive moment in time for everyone but our main character I won t say anything for fear of spoiling, but it was just so perfect It makes me think this is woman who will never take anything for granted.It s rare that I find a thriller I like so much, and before I was even done Closer Than You Know, I was on to see if Brad Parks had a back list Thankfully, he does And you better believe I ll be diving into it.This review was originally posted on Books Beauty Are My Bag flag 5 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Librari Please correct page count ISBN 9781101985625 3 15 Apr 17, 2018 07 08PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed A father of two and a husband of one, Brad lives in Virginia, where he spends four hours a day at his local Hardee s, writing his novels When not at H International bestseller author Brad Parks is the only writer to have won the Shamus, Nero, and Lefty Awards, three of American crime fiction s most prestigious prizes His books have earned starred reviews from every major pre publication journal A father of two and a husband of one, Brad lives in Virginia, where he spends four hours a day at his local Hardee s, writing his novels When not at Hardee s, he s a slow runner and an even slower swimmer who enjoys long walks in his head He s grateful for his readers, because otherwise he d just be a guy who has a lot of conversations with himself and nowhere to put them.For information or to sign up for the newsletter written by his impertinent interns visit his website at bradparksbooks.To find Brad on Twitter, go to twitter Brad_Parks.And for Facebook facebook BradParksBooks Books by Brad Parks More Trivia About Closer Than You Know No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now renderRatingGraph 420, 538, 240, 29, 8 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , Inc Mobile version

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      International bestseller author Brad Parks is the only writer to have won the Shamus, Nero, and Lefty Awards, three of American crime fiction s most prestigious prizes His books have earned starred reviews from every major pre publication journal A father of two and a husband of one, Brad lives in Virginia, where he spends four hours a day at his local Hardee s, writing his novels When not at H International bestseller author Brad Parks is the only writer to have won the Shamus, Nero, and Lefty Awards, three of American crime fiction s most prestigious prizes His books have earned starred reviews from every major pre publication journal A father of two and a husband of one, Brad lives in Virginia, where he spends four hours a day at his local Hardee s, writing his novels When not at Hardee s, he s a slow runner and an even slower swimmer who enjoys long walks in his head He s grateful for his readers, because otherwise he d just be a guy who has a lot of conversations with himself and nowhere to put them.For information or to sign up for the newsletter written by his impertinent interns visit his website at bradparksbooks.To find Brad on Twitter, go to twitter Brad_Parks.And for Facebook facebook BradParksBooks

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    1. My reviews can also be seen at Stars This was my first Brad Parks read and I REALLY enjoyed it When I first read the description for this novel, I was thoroughly intrigued I couldn t wait to start reading.The book opens with a well dressed affluent couple walking into Shenandoah Valley Social Services As they are about to enter the man turns to his wife and says Remember, we re perfect and the wife replies The perfect couple The Family Serv My reviews can also be seen at Stars This was my first [...]


    2. 3.5 rounding 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 3 [...]


    3. 3.5 Stars rounded up 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 a 3.5 Stars [...]


    4. Almost against my will I was dragged to an acceptance level I never could have predicted That so many things, bad things, could be visited on one person seemed less than credible Then I though of a few people I knew who have had than their share of misfortune, so who am I too say it can t happen Melanie is finally happy, after she and her brother were removed from their abusive homes, they were raised in the foster system Now though she is married to Ben, they have a three month old inf Almost [...]


    5. 4.25 Stars Folks, this book made me a nervous wreck The protagonist Melanie Barrick is faced with a nightmare scenario She goes pick up her infant son from daycare, only to be told he was taken away by Social Services, and no one will tell her why or where he is Honestly, I don t know how I would continue to function Things get worse when she gets home to find the police have raided her home and found a HUGE dealer s amount of cocaine hidden in the ceiling Defending herself seems hopeles 4.25 St [...]


    6. 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 time [...]


    7. Some people are just misery magnetsthe bad stuff sticks to them like sap from a freshly cut Christmas tree Ya just can t shake it off.Melanie Barrick is playing beat the clock as she rushes to pick up her infant son from childcare Extra charges or immediate ousting if you re past 6 o clock But the door is locked and the owner s voice slams a heavy load on her Alex is with Social Services Melanie will now enter into the endless infinity of the Maze from Hell and I m sure Dante will be Some people [...]


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