About Too Close to Home
When the body of a beautiful and popular senior head cheerleader, Melissa Cooley, is found brutally stabbed to death at the local high school it sends the small coastal community in North Carolina into a frenzy.
To make matters worse…another body is found.
A slacker boy by the name of Ronald Marks is found hanging from the field goal post on the football field only a day later. Pamlico County native, Detective Carma Jones, and her partner, Harold Green, set out on a search for this ruthless assailant who is wreaking havoc in a normally peaceful community.
No one is safe, and everyone is a suspect.
The twists and turns along the way lead them in a direction Carma would’ve never guessed. One filled with deep secrets that were meant to stay buried…
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All thoughts and opinions are mine.
Too Close to Home is a well-layered mystery that takes Detective Carma Jones on a twisted journey to find a cold-blooded killer in the county she’s always called home. When a popular high school student is heinously murdered in her sleepy little town, Carma is forced to revisit the ghosts of her past. Then, between a second teen’s murder and a little pink diary, the All-American façade of the quiet community is shattered forever.
What I really liked about Too Close to Home is how after well over a decade of sheer avoidance, the mysterious murders bring Carma to a place where she has to deal with uncomfortable memories of her own. When we meet her, she’s caught between the security of her hometown familiarity and venturing off to take some risks and expand her horizons. As she investigates the murders of the teens, she’s forced to face her demons and find long overdue resolution in her life.
Carma and her new partner Harold worked well together, but there were times when I thought that his character seemed to be a little less seasoned than he should be. Having been an older detective transplanted from a New York precinct where major crime was far more common, I felt there were times when he seemed a little too dependent on his partner for answers and direction.
That being said, I enjoyed the book overall and am interested to see what happens next. The epilogue suggests there just might be more from Detective Carma Jones, and I’ll be happy to pluck it off the shelves when the time comes.
Tressa Messenger grew up in a very small town in Eastern North Carolina called Reelsboro in a coastal county called Pamlico. Being as it was such a small area Tressa developed an immense imagination at a young age. That is where she harnessed her love for writing.
To date Tressa lives in New Orleans, Louisiana with her husband, daughter and an assortment of critters.
As of right now, Tressa has nine books published, some self-published and some being published through Limitless Publishing.
As a young writer Tressa has overcome adversity of Dyslexia and continues to exceed expectations.
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