Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Close to Home by Lisa Jackson - BLOG TOUR

I am delighted to be today's stop on the BLOG TOUR for Lisa Jackson's Close to Home, which was published in paperback on 26 March 2015 by Mulholland Books (imprint of Hodder & Stoughton).


Close to Home
By Lisa Jackson
Published by Mulholland Books (Hardback - 25 September 2014, Paperback - 26 March 2015)
ISBN: 978-1-444-79330-7

Publisher's description
The home where Sarah McAdams grew up has always terrified her. But now she's moved back with her daughters, determined to put her childhood fears behind her.

It's harder than she thought. Increasingly haunted by the past, Sarah soon realises that the present has its own threats. One by one, teenage girls are disappearing...

Frantic for her daughter's safety, Sarah feels the house's walls closing in on her once more. Somewhere deep in her memory is the key to a very real danger.

And only by confronting the terrifying truth can she protect her children from a nightmare that is roaring back to life...

My verdict
Close to Home is a suspense novel that kept me intrigued right until the last page. It contains mystery, some romance, teenage angst, ghostly apparitions, kidnappings and family secrets.

Sarah believes her family home is haunted, as does her youngest daughter Gracie, and she is determined to discover its secrets. There are gaps in her memories, and she hopes that returning to Blue Peacock Manor, her childhood home, will help her remember them. The house has seen more than its fair share of tragedy over the years, beginning with Sarah's ancestor over 100 years ago, who plunged to her death off the rooftop. It is now in need of repair and renovation, and Sarah hopes that this will give her and her daughters a new start following her divorce.

Clint, Sarah's next door neighbour, is an old boyfriend, and there is clearly still a spark between them. Eldest daughter Jade is a typical teenager, hating her new home and struggling to fit in at school. Meanwhile, someone is kidnapping teenage girls and the whole town is on edge.

Close to Home flows well. There are a lot of different characters, and I only worked out who the kidnapper was right towards the end. The revealing of the family secrets also came as a surprise. This was a highly enjoyable read.

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher through Bookbridgr in exchange for an honest review.

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