“Closer Than You Know” by Brad Parks— Disaster

Parks, Brad. “Closer Than You Know: A Novel,” Dutton, 2018


Amos Lassen

Melanie Barrick grew up foster care. She now has a loving husband, a steady job, and a beautiful baby boy named Alex. One Tuesday evening when she went to pick Alex up from childcare, she learned that he’d been removed by Social Services. No one would tell her why and Melanie is terrified because she knows “the system.” Things get even worse when she goes home to discover that her house was raided by sheriff’s deputies who found enough cocaine to put Melanie in prison for years. The evidence against her is overwhelming, and if Melanie can’t prove her innocence, she’ll lose Alex forever.

The attorney assigned to the case, Amy Kaye, is dealing with her own problems. She is working on a cold case that no one wants her to pursue about a serial rapist who has avoided detection by wearing a mask and whispering his commands and has victimized dozens of women over several years. One of those women was Melanie and the rapist just might be the key to being saved or ruined totally.

This is an emotional roller coaster that is filled with suspense and tension already on the first page. You should be prepared for a very strong plot filled with twists and turns and unforgettable characters. The ending will shock you and keep you thinking for days.

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