Close to Home by Robert Dugoni #BookReview

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What’s it about?

While investigating the hit-and-run death of a young boy, Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite makes a startling discovery: the suspect is an active-duty serviceman at a local naval base. After a key piece of case evidence goes missing, he is cleared of charges in a military court. But Tracy knows she can’t turn her back on this kind of injustice.

When she uncovers the driver’s ties to a rash of recent heroin overdoses in the city, she realizes that this isn’t just a case of the military protecting its own. It runs much deeper than that, and the accused wasn’t acting alone. For Tracy, it’s all hitting very close to home.

As Tracy moves closer to uncovering the truth behind this insidious conspiracy, she’s putting herself in harm’s way. And the only people she can rely on to make it out alive might be those she can no longer trust.

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star three and a half

I’m a big fan of detective Tracy Crosswhite and the three other members of her team (Faz, Del and Kins) working as one of the Seattle homicide teams and I was super happy to see this fifth new novel coming out!

The Trapped Girl, the fourth installment in the Tracy Crosswhite series was such a cracking read, I knew in advance it would be a hard one to match. Close To Home was definitely a strong novel and an enjoyable read but I have to admit, it didn’t have the same waw-factor. Probably part of the reason I didn’t feel the the same thrill was that I expected it to be more alike and Mr. Dugoni took quite a different approach with his new novel. Close To Home was much more police procedural than thriller, taking everything from fighting over jurisdiction to interviewing people on the witness stand in the court room and processing evidence. Even though this change took some getting used to, his writing still was as detailed and sharp as ever.

There are two plotlines in this novel that pretty much alternate, one involving an investigation into a hit and run which finds its way into the navy and the other plotline focuses on one of the team members, it is a rather personal one for Del. His niece of 15 years old died of a heroin overdose and he wants to find whoever provided her with the drugs. Mr. Dugoni delved into the many problems involving this addiction. He’s really going deeply into the issue, explaining why it became so epidemic and he even makes a plea for a safe location to use. It’s something that Del is very much opposed to, seeing what it did to his niece but then a friend who lost her son as well says she probably wouldn’t have lost him if he could have done it in a controlled environment and he starts to feel slightly differently. It’s controversial and it definitely makes you want to think about it and come to your own conclusions.

The navy setting was a completely new scene for me and although I’m not attracted to these kind of scenes in books or movies per se, he wrote about it in such a way that it did get me interested and I have a better picture now of some of its inner workings than before. There isn’t much to say about Leah Battles, who works there, though. The idea was to throw suspicion her way and cause doubt about the fact that she tampered with evidence or not but I strongly felt she didn’t. I’ll leave it in the middle if she did or didn’t do it ;-).

I’ve come to love Tracy’s tenaciousness and in this novel it’s no different, even when the case was in peril of being lost to her, she didn’t give up trying to find the person responsible, even if it gets quite dangerous for herself. As usual, this series has delicious banter and digs among the team members, which I’ve come to love about this series, and I was relieved it wasn’t any different in this novel.

I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

Here’s also the link to my previous reviews of The Trapped Girl and My Sister’s Grave.


24 thoughts on “Close to Home by Robert Dugoni #BookReview

  1. I think it must be so difficult with a series – do you stick to the tried and tested style, or change it up and risk alienating readers? Glad you enjoyed it, despite this! I’ve not read any of Dugoni’s novels, although it sounds like I should!

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  2. Ahhh, the change of style can be such a bummer huh… Some people do adore police procedurals though, but I guess when you shift from thriller to procedural, expecting it to be a thriller, it must have been a bit disappointing! It’s nice though that the author made the whole naval setting so interesting. I would’ve had a hard time picking up a book in that setting unless it had crazy good fame among readers or something hahah Great review!! 🙂

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    • I kind of just requested it without knowing much about the novel.. but I still would’ve requested it probably because Dugoni wrote it. I don’t have much with the naval setting either, maybe also why I didn’t rate it higher.. I hope he finds his original voice again with an intricate plot that you don’t see coming.

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