Someone Close to Home written by Alex Craigie, a review.


We find Megan Youngblood living in a care home, it quickly becomes apparent that she is severely disabled, unable to speak and has very little physical movement. However, her sight, hearing, sense of smell and touch, as is her brain are in good working order.

As Megan lays immobile, isolated from family, at the mercy of her carers not all of who care, she recalls her life, her career as a concert pianist in her thoughts, recounting her life’s highs and the all too frequent lows. The recurring thread is her enduring love for her childhood sweetheart Gideon. Interspersed between episodes of her autobiography, are accounts of the care Megan receives and the all too frequent lack of it. The staff are overworked, poorly regarded, under resourced and in some cases cruel. As the story moves on we learn of the relationships Megan has formed, how they progress and some end, discovering also the train of events leading to her arrival in this unsatisfactory care home. We hope desperately that at some stage Megan will find a way out of these terrible circumstances she finds herself trapped in.

It is well written book, engaging and difficult to put down.  I cannot say which genre it belongs to, it combines a love story, mystery and certainly a crime story, all skilfully intertwined.

I found it a brilliant read and stayed up late one night, well just into the next morning to finish it.

16 responses to this post.

  1. Sounds interesting. Maybe a little too close to home though, as the possibility looms nearer…


  2. I agree, Cathy.


  3. Posted by alexcraigie on May 3, 2023 at 12:18 am

    Thanks so much for this terrific review, Phil! It means the world to me when someone appreciates my writing and then goes to the trouble of writing a considered comment on it. I’ll be grinning like an eejit for ages now!


  4. Thank you, it sounds like an interesting but a disturbing read, it’s on my Amazon “to read list”


  5. This sounds like a fabulous book, a very emotional read, I think.


    • It is a very interesting, absorbing book, disturbing and thought-provoking, and yes emotional too. I haven’t read anything like it before.


      • Posted by alexcraigie on May 12, 2023 at 9:20 am

        Phil, that’s quite one of the loveliest tributes anyone could have made about the book. I might have to print it out and stick it on the fridge. 🙂

      • I had a nice response from the author as well. Great review.

    • Posted by alexcraigie on May 12, 2023 at 9:19 am

      Thanks for your lovely response, Marsha. It is an emotional book and I don’t recommend it to anyone with someone in a care home – unless they know it to be a properly ‘caring’ one. It’s the unintentional neglect that I particularly wanted to highlight, and I do have to say that there are many, many care homes out there with superb and dedicated staff.


      • I had a couple of horror stories with my mom. She was on dialysis, so with the help of her renal doctor and the driver who picked her up, I was able to get her out and get some private care for her.

  6. Posted by alexcraigie on May 13, 2023 at 7:58 am

    That sounds traumatic for both of you. I’m so sorry that you found yourself in what was clearly a nightmare situation. Sadly, I’ve also come across true horror stories and carers who shouldn’t have been allowed anywhere near vulnerable people. Well done for removing your mother from a toxic and dangerous situation.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Kim's Musings

Authors Supporting Authors

Story Empire

Exploring the World of Fiction

Gloria McBreen

Having fun with my creative writing venture!

Niche Comics Bookshop

Independent bookshop selling games, comics and new books



Jill's Book Cafe

Bookish news, views and 'Five on Friday'

Victoria Weisfeld

Stories about the perils of life and the mysteries of travel

Brooke Nelson

YA suspense author of The Half Theft duology

Huntingdonshire History Festival

Discovering Huntingdonshire's Local History

Grumpy old fart!!!

"If you talk to God you're religious. If God talks to you, you're psychotic."

Marsha Ingrao - Always Write

Having fun blogging with friends

Later life

Enjoying Twilight Years

Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha

Musings and books from a grunty overthinker

Seclusion 101 with AnneMarie

Life After Retirement


Taxi Talk Without Tipping

My Life With Gracie

A Backyard Garden Is A Perfect Place For Chickens

Words and Fictions

Jessica Norrie on writing, books and language - in her own words.

Damyanti Biswas

For lovers of reading, crime writing, crime fiction

Tessa’s poems

Poetry from a Septuagenarian

Linda's Book Bag

Loving books and reading

John Ager's Home on the Web!

reflecting my eclectic (and sometimes erratic) life

Stuart Orme

Historian, Folklorist, Writer, Re-enactor, Museum Professional. Follow me on Twitter: @stuartorme

Shortness of Breadth

Best Dog Training Tips & Tricks

Dog Training Guidance

Fenlandphil's Blog

A blog from the low country

So You think you've got problems?

The advice columns of two eccentric agony aunts who guide the bewildered of Britain through their personal problems,

How I Killed Betty!

Mad as a box of frogs? Most probably ... but if I can’t be perfect, then I’ll happily be fabulously imperfect!

Seriousgardener's Blog

Just another weblog

The Incomplete Verse

Here I share words and illustrations I discover on the journey within the crevices of my mind and the outside world. 💚

Dread Poets Sobriety

Irreverence's Glittering New Low!


Ramblings of the Cinema

Mistakes Writers Make ...

... and how to put them right! Advice and opportunities for new, aspiring and upcoming journalists and writers of non-fiction

Writing Wrinkles, and Random Ramblings

Smoothing the wrinkles in this wrinkly's writing

Esther Chilton

Writer, Tutor and Editor


Lots of lovely lactose free products.

%d bloggers like this: