Blog Blitz & Review – Closer to Home by Heleyne Hammersley

It’s my blog blitz spot for CLOSER TO HOME!

Thanks to the author and Bloodhound Books for the advanced ebook copy in exchange for my honest review.

CLOSER TO HOME – Heleyne Hammersley

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Book Description:

Family. Secrets. Murder.

Newly promoted DI Kate Fletcher has reluctantly returned to her home town after a twenty-year absence and a recent divorce.  The discovery of a child’s body near the estate where Kate grew up has her rushing back to Thorpe – a place of bad memories and closed mouths.

As her team investigate the murder, they keep hitting dead ends. The community is reluctant to reopen old wounds and retell old stories.  But Kate’s history refuses to stay buried.

Then another child disappears…

Can Kate solve the case and right the wrongs from her past?


My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

This was my first time reading anything by Heleyne Hammersley and I will definitely be looking for more of her books! This was a well-paced and tensely written suspense novel. There were complex characters and DI Kate Fletcher felt very real. Her background and emotions she was experiencing made her human to me. In some crime thrillers or suspense novels the protagonists can seem larger than life or on the unrealistic side, but not Kate.

Kate has to return to her home town after a 20 year absence when the body of a child is discovered. She and her team must work hard to try and uncover what happened. They continue to hit dead ends because the small-knit community refuses to revisit the past. People are hiding bad memories that they buried long ago, and as they get deeper in, Kate’s own past is starting to come to light. When another child disappears the pressure is on for Kate and her team to find them.

I don’t want to give away too much more of the book. I think that a lot of these thrillers are better experienced with less plot given away. Overall, this book was a page turner with a steady pacing to it. The mix of dealing with the case and her past made Kate the perfect flawed protagonist. I would highly recommend this crime suspense novel to anyone that likes a lighter police procedural with a kidnapping element to it.


About the Author:

Heleyne Hammersley was born in South Yorkshire but has lived in Cumbria for the last twenty years where she sometimes teaches English and often walks on the fells.

She has been writing since junior school – her first work was a collection of poems called Give Them the Works when she was ten years old. The poems were carefully handwritten on plain paper and tied together with knitting wool. Since then she’s gone on to complete a number of creative writing courses with the Open University and she is a regular NaNoWriMo participant.

The idea for her first novel, Forgotten, came about while on an extended holiday in China and South-East Asia in 2001.

Heleyne’s second novel, Fracture, again features travel. Set against the backdrop of the Great Ocean Road this tense psychological thriller centres around a fatal road trip.




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