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Closer than you know : a novel / Brad Parks.

By: Parks, Brad, 1974- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Dutton, [2018]Copyright date: ©2018Description: 402 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780571334407; 9781101985625 ; 1101985623 .Subject(s): Women lawyers -- Fiction | False arrest -- Fiction | Women -- Crimes against -- FictionGenre/Form: Detective and mystery stories.Summary: 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.
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<p> Disaster, Melanie Barrick was once told, is always closer than you know. </p> <p>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 - she thought that turmoil was behind her.</p> <p>Until the evening she goes to pick up her son from childcare, only to discover he's been removed by Social Services. And no one will say why.</p> <p>A terrifying scenario for any parent, it's doubly so for Melanie, all too aware of the unintended horrors of 'the system'. When she arrives home, her nightmare gets worse - it has been raided by Sheriff's deputies, who have found enough cocaine to send her to prison for years. If Melanie can't prove her innocence, she'll lose her son forever. Her case is assigned to Amy Kaye, a no-nonsense assistant Commonwealth's attorney. Amy's boss wants to make an example out of Melanie, who the local media quickly christens 'Coke Mom'.</p> <p>But Amy's attention continues to be diverted 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 in the area - including Melanie. Now it's this mystery man who could be the key to her salvation. or her ultimate undoing.</p>

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.

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A new mother experiences a nightmare in Parks's (Say Nothing) latest thriller. Melanie Barrick arrives in the evening to pick up her infant son Alex from day care only to learn that Social Services had been there earlier and taken him. Unable to get answers from the agency directly, as the office is closed, Melanie arrives home in a panic to discover that the sheriff's deputies, acting on an anonymous tip, have raided her house and found enough cocaine to keep Melanie in prison for years. She has no idea what's going on, and of course, nobody believes in her innocence. Assigned to prosecute Melanie's case, Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Amy Kaye is also obsessed with cracking a cold case involving a serial rapist. While this secondary story line is interesting, it is Melanie's fate to recover everything she loves; how she fights her way back makes this novel truly special. VERDICT Another winning tale of domestic suspense from the Shamus- and Nero Award-winning author Parks, who knows how to get readers to empathize emotionally with his characters while amping up the tension and suspense from the first page.-Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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