Closer Than You Know

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.

My Review

It has been a while since I have read a Brad Parks novel. Yet, after reading this book I remember why I am a fan of this author's. It is because Mr. Park is a great writer that is all about the character development. No flat characters here. Instantly, I was drawn to both the characters and the story.

Melanie and Amy are too good female leads. They are both fighting for something important and this drives them to be stronger. Melanie was very determined. I am glad that she did not give up. Amy showed that she was not only strong but intelligent as well. Together they made a good force. Because I was so invested in these two women, the story was made stronger and I was more into it as a whole.

A very fast read. You have to check this book out.


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