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Publisher's Summary

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 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.
©2018 Brad Parks (P)2018 Penguin Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Wayne on 03-08-18

Emotionally charged suspense mystery!

Closer Than You Know is a very special novel that doubtless deserves awards. The complex plot is charged with emotion, suspense, and some remarkable plot twists. The characters are so vivid the listener sees them in his/her mind. I've listened to most Brad Parks' novels and rated all of them 5 stars, but this book deserves even more. Most legal thrillers have a lawyer as protagonist; Closer Than You Know has a victim of the legal system as protagonist. Brad Parks has written a novel of almost 14 hours in length in which there are no wasted words, phrases or scenes; the novel is riveting from beginning to conclusion. Emily Rankin's narration is superb.

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5 out of 5 stars
By shelley on 03-07-18

Now this is SUSPENSE!!!!

I really enjoy Brad Parks and have recently completed his Carter Ross series which I recommend along with his other stand alone Say Nothing.
The publisher's summary gives a great description to this book. To say any more would give away the story. What you don't get from this is the nail biting, heart racing anger and frustration the mother (Melanie Barrick) must have been feeling when she finds her son was removed by social services from his daycare provider. Or the "perfect couple" who fostered her her three month old son. Or that the protagonist grew up in foster care and knows how cruel the system can be.
The characters are so fleshed out you know them like a neighbor You know where they've been and what they want to do with their lives.
The descriptions are vivid. You can actually SEE the devastation of Melanie's home following the search by the police. There's just something a little too perfect about the case against Melanie and the evidence too airtight. Add that the district attorney wants to rush this to trial and the assistant DA already knows her from a serial rapist who is terrorizing the community.
Emily Rankin does an outstanding job narrating. She gets the emotions just right.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!
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