CLOSER THAN YOU KNOW
Listen to the Big Blend Radio interview with Brad Parks, the critically acclaimed and award winning author of ‘Say Nothing’, who discusses his second riveting, thriller, ‘Closer Than You Know’, a story that should join the must-read list for any fan of domestic suspense.
After a childhood spent bouncing between foster care homes, Melanie Barrick finally has the life she’s always wanted—a loving husband, a steady job, and a baby boy named Alex. But one day, Melanie goes to pick up Alex from childcare, only to discover he has been removed by Social Services… and nobody will explain why. When she arrives home, she learns that her house has been raided by the sheriff’s deputies, who tell her that they’ve found enough cocaine to put her behind bars for years. Though she maintains her innocence, the evidence quickly stacks up against Melanie, and she knows she will lose Alex forever if she can’t find definitive proof that someone is trying to frame her.
A former reporter for The Washington Post and The Star-Ledger, Parks found the roots of this novel in a tragic real-life case that exemplified how severe the consequences can be when Social Services gets it wrong. Two kids—filthy, starving, and covered in burns—were discovered locked in a basement in Newark. After one of the children told the police that he hadn’t seen his twin brother in weeks, they searched the basement and found the mummified remains of Faheem Williams. The case led to a complete overhaul of the state’s child protective system and stayed with Parks long after he left Newark.
Years later, Parks learned that his children’s babysitter was raised in foster care. As he listened to her stories of a childhood marred by instability and saw the strong, well-adjusted woman she had become, Parks realized he had found the inspiration for his next protagonist.
CLOSER THAN YOU KNOW, is Parks’ second riveting, emotionally-resonant stand-alone thriller, sure to cement his place as one of crime fiction’s rising stars. The only author to have won the Shamus, Nero, and Lefty Awards, three of crime fiction’s most prestigious prizes, Parks’ dedication to writing exemplary crime fiction is unmistakable to anyone who picks up his work. www.BradParksBooks.com