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Close to Home (Center Point Large Print) Library Binding – Large Print, May 1, 2018
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"Allie and Bea" by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Humor and heart move the fast-paced journey of an unlikely pair coming together to form a family of their own in this touching story from New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde. | Learn more
- Publisher : Center Point; Large type / Large print edition (May 1, 2018)
- Language : English
- Library Binding : 500 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1683247728
- ISBN-13 : 978-1683247722
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,505,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Tracy Crosswhite series has become one of my absolute favorites. I love the way Dugoni has taken this character and made her someone the reader wants to cheer for and strive to be like in so many ways. Close to Home is the fifth in the series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. There are references to the first book in the series, but nothing about this book makes it necessary to have read the entire series. For me, this was more of a mystery than a suspense thriller. There was not the usual edge of my seat, can’t wait to see what is going to happen next moments. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just different from the way Dugoni has written these books in the past. I enjoyed the way he spent extra time building up a few of the secondary characters we have seen throughout the series. I really enjoyed the different tone to the story with incorporating the military and JAG lawyers. I am a big fan of military shows and novels and thought this fit in so well with the writing of the characters already established in the series. It will be interesting to see if any of the new characters introduced here make it to the next in the series. I recommend this book to anyone looking for an excellent mystery that will leave you guessing and cheering with the way the story comes to an end.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.
Tracy captured my interest right from the first book. She's so down-to-Earth, so confident, so likeable. All the characters were developed so well, including Trejo, who I took a distinct dislike for, and maintained that dislike to the end. As a teacher in an inner city school, I often have a student who I think will one day be captured on a video doing something illegal. And I always think that s/he will be the one to say that the person clearly on the video is not him/her. I never expected to read about someone actually (fictionally) doing that.
Mr. Dugoni is a wonderful writer and I will continue to read his books with delight.
Tracy, meanwhile, is working another homicide. A young black boy was walking home late at night after playing basketball with some other guys. He was excited because his team won and his performance had been outstanding. He couldn't wait to play again. His mother was very strict, making sure he stayed in school, got good grades, and hopefully, would get a scholarship for college. While the young man wants to play ball professionally, he knows it won't happen until he gets that degree. Mama is smart and knows her baby has the talent to go far, his skills are undeniable, but she also knows something could happen along the way. A serious injury and any pro career he dreamed of could be gone. Therefore she's intent on sending him to a good school where he will remain until he's got that degree.
Unfortunately, the young man, on his way home from his game, is struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. Tracy is called to the scene and quickly discovers there's more to the story than what meets the eye. The driver of the car just might be connected to the increase in drug use that's been occurring lately. In fact, Tracy's case could potentially be tied to the death of Del's niece.
Once again we delve into the life of Tracy Crosswhite. She and her husband, Dan, are settling into their new home, along with their two dogs and a cat. And the two of them are trying to get pregnant, all to no avail. Dan has already been tested and, according to him, he's "locked and loaded", fully equipped with whatever it takes to make that baby. On the other hand, Tracy is doing her best to cope with the fact they might not be able to have a child. While Dan encourages her not to give up, he also assures her he'd be happy adopting or if she wants to try fertility drugs, he's up for that too.
Then there's Del, grieving for his niece while doing his best to step into his sister's role, taking on responsibility for her two boys until she gets back on her feet. It was easy to empathize with him given the circumstances. It also turned him into a bulldog when it came to searching for the kid who'd sold her the drugs.
All in all, very good read. Would definitely recommend. This book can be read as a standalone but you miss out on watching the characters develop from book to book.
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We get to meet a couple of new characters in this tale among our set of regulars alongside Tracy. I liked Leah a great deal, though the nickname of Lee baffled me a bit. I wasn't sure what joke I'd missed there......maybe it's a play on Bruce Lee ?? Hopefully someone can translate that for me. Celia is another terrific addition, too.....what a nice lady she is. We also spent more time with another of Tracy's colleagues for a change than we did with her. There were some very amusing moments here and there as well that I noted. However, being an older reader I needed to get on Google to translate some of the texting acronyms used here. One of them, KKUT, I couldn't figure at all, even looking there.
There were a couple of sentences which I just thought were atrocious English in the way they were presented, which I just marked "Huh ?" in my Kindle notations...."Did you call the name of that therapist I left for you ?" and "I can tell you more later, when it's a little better time."
I spotted the odd error-corn and not corned written when he got it right every other time it was written, the same for parent's as opposed to parents'-again, written correctly aside from just the once. He wrote flog where I'd have used flood, salute and not salut (which I'm sure I referred to in a prior review of one of his books) and I'd write rollercoaster as the one word but that's all for my nitpicky stuff. Loved the ending here and look forward to the series' continuation.
Apart from that is was a great story with plenty of 'Red Herrings' to follow and this time the more personal side of some of the characters was developed which I like.
This book had me on the edge of my seat. Well worth the 5 stars