Close to Death - Anthony Horowitz

Close to Death

By Anthony Horowitz

  • Release Date: 2024-04-16
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 143 Ratings


In New York Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz’s ingenious fifth literary whodunnit in the Hawthorne and Horowitz series, Detective Hawthorne is once again called upon to solve an unsolvable case—a gruesome murder in an idyllic gated community in which suspects abound.

Riverside Close is a picture-perfect community. The six exclusive and attractive houses are tucked far away from the noise and grime of city life, allowing the residents to enjoy beautiful gardens, pleasant birdsong, and tranquility from behind the security of a locked gate.

It is the perfect idyll, until the Kentworthy family arrives, with their four giant, gas-guzzling cars, gaggle of shrieking children, and plans for a garish swimming pool in the backyard. Obvious outsiders, the Kentworthys do not belong in Riverside Close, and quickly offend every last one of the neighbors.

When Giles Kentworthy is found dead on his own doorstep, a crossbow bolt sticking out of his chest, Detective Hawthorne is the only investigator they can call to solve the case.

Because how do you solve a murder when everyone is a suspect?


  • Too clever

    By carocross
    While I generally like this writer’s works, I thought he was trying too hard to be innovative. Didn’t work for me. Too many murders for too small motives.
  • Finished in one day!

    By piperlil
    I definitely didn’t want the story to end and like usual I never figured out Whodunnit. I did get some stuff right but cant mention what without spoiling the story. This book is different than the others and I thought at first I wouldn’t like that aspect but it turns out I did. This book was a bit sadder to me because of the conflict between my beloved two main characters but in a series that is what happens as an author is world building and slowly unraveling the real mysteries which is who is Hawthorne and what happened at Reeth and to his parents, etc. I cannot wait for the 6th one even though i know it’ll be at least a couple years—oh, how will I stand it? Anthony Horowitz’s series has made me excited to read again and look forward to something. Keep up the good work, Mr. Horowitz.