Brad Parks has long been delivering high-quality thrillers. And while his earlier work is underrated, this year’s Say Nothing might just be his breakout novel–and is definitely one of the best psychological thrillers of 2017.
With expectations high after Say Nothing, more than a few readers have asked if and when any details will be announced for Parks’ next novel. Thankfully, we finally have an answer. Closer Than You Know, a new standalone thriller, will come out on March 6, 2018. See the cover below, then keep scrolling to read the plot details!
Brad Parks delivers another riveting, emotionally powerful stand-alone domestic suspense thriller perfect for fans of The Couple Next Door and What She Knew.
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 Monday 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.
For those who haven’t read Say Nothing, we cannot recommend it enough. For those who have, well, it’s easy to see why Closer Than You Know (which is available for pre-order here) is already one of the most anticipated thrillers of early 2018.