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Up Close (Choc Lit) [Kindle Edition]

Henriette Gyland
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Too close for comfort…
When Dr Lia Thompson’s grandmother dies unexpectedly, Lia is horrified to have to leave her life in America and return to a cold and creaky house in Norfolk. But as events unfold, she can’t help feeling that there is more to her grandmother’s death than meets the eye.

Aidan Morrell is surprised to see Lia, his teenage crush, back in town. But Aidan’s accident when serving in the navy has scarred him in more ways than one, and he has other secrets which must stay hidden at all costs, even from Lia.

As Lia comes closer to uncovering the truth, she is forced to question everything she thought she knew. In a world of increasing danger, is Aidan someone she can trust?


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If you're looking for a good page-turner, Up Close is for you. Ms. Gyland wasted no time in getting to the suspense. I'm a big fan of romantic suspense and this one reminded me a lot of some of the older classics of the genre written by Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt. I loved the setting and the author did such a good job describing it that I felt like I was there watching the scenes take place. If you like suspense novels set in England, and not necessary the big cities, this is one you might like to check out.

About the Author

HENRIETTE GYLANDgrew up in Northern Denmark but moved to England after she graduated from the University of Copenhagen. She wrote her first book when she was ten, a tale of two orphan sisters running away to Egypt, fortunately to be adopted by a perfect family they meet on the Orient Express. Between that first literary exploit and now, she has worked in the Danish civil service, for a travel agent, a consultancy company, in banking, hospital administration, and for a county court before setting herself up as a freelance translator and linguist. Expecting her first child and feeling bored, she picked up the pen again, and when a writer friend encouraged her to join the UK's Romantic Novelists' Association, she began to pursue her writing in earnest. She loves writing about complex characters who carry the burden of dark secrets and giving them the happy ending which is often denied troubled individuals in real life. Henriette lives with her family in London.

Product Details

  • File Size: 722 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Choc Lit (December 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A3KYSPU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,198 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense on the Marshes April 13, 2013
Format:Paperback
I found this novel to be darker and more gripping than the tag/genre 'romantic suspense' suggests. I know Norfolk well from holidaying there - that fact, and the intriguing blurb prompted me to purchase the novel. And I wasn't disappointed. The author has depicted the stripped back beauty of the place and captured the eeriness of the marshes in winter to perfection. The marshes are a character in their own right and act as a kind of fairground mirror, reflecting and distorting the flaws and imperfections of the protagonists. Brooding Aiden, the difficult Susannah, the brother who died from drowning, Connie who won't accept her inheritance -and the mysterious, unexpected death of the heroine's grandmother. Lia (the heroine) feels threatened - and with good cause, but holds her nerve right to the end. Even when exploring the attics and trusting Aiden enough to go diving alone with him. Each page turns up a fresh set of questions until by the end, like Lia, I didn't know who to trust!! I won't say more and spoil the ending (which I didn't see coming, by the way!)I will simply say - if you like romance with a complex plot(and subplots) this is the novel for you. A great debut
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Close to My heart November 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Those clever people at Choc lit tapped into my psyche again and came up with a tempting and enthralling romantic psychological thriller that ticks all my boxes.

Lia Thomson has recently returned to the UK after having moved to the USA where she has a successful career as a doctor. Back in Norfolk, having recently inherited her grandmothers cottaage, where she was brought up, afterthe sudden and rather mysterious death of her Gran. Mysteries from both past and present begin to haunt her, memories of the death of her little brother Eddie return, even though she was only 4 when he died, disturbing nightmares of water and drowning recur and she begins to uncover sinister facets of her Grandmothers life and death.

Having lived here as a child its inevitable that she'll meet some of her former schoolfriends, she becomes reacquaintanced with her former friend Susannah and when she meets Aidan Morrell she finds him very changed from the companion of her youth, years in the army have left him battle scarred and bitter and he seeks solace in his interests of deep sea diving and painting. He's just the complication she doesn't need especially as he is engaged to the rich and successful Brett waiting for her back in the USA.

The whole book has a dark and sinister feel and is much more than just a romantic novel its a tense and quite disturbing thriller which kept me turning the pages well into the night. Highly recomended to anyone who enjoyed Ninepins or Revenge of the Tide
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lot of Secrets February 14, 2013
By Peach
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book leaned more heavily towards mystery/suspense and less in terms of romance. It also dealt with the heroine, Lia, coming to terms with herself, her hometown and tragic childhood memories. Lia returned to her hometown when her grandmother passed away. The cause of death initially was linked to heart failure but later was confirmed that she was poisoned. Every character had their own secrets and it was quite interesting to peel back and uncover them gradually.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery July 11, 2014
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American readers may have a hard time connecting with the characters if they haven't read a fair amount of British contemporary fiction.

Great setting with a plot that seemed a bit predictable but still felt fresh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good, Well Written Book July 17, 2014
By KDGC
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This was a mystery/suspense book with an element of romance. It was well written and I was able to soak in the realistic atmosphere created by the author. I felt early on that I knew who committed the murder, but there were several revelations that made me second guess my thoughts and there was a nice element of suspense that kept me reading to find out how the murderer would be caught.

I wasn't sure about the authenticity of the military being able to have roadblocks on public roads in the vicinity of a village, even as an exercise, or being able to execute a search warrant on private property but I accepted that may be the case in Britain. I did wonder at how police sometimes were able to deduce some events correctly without seeming to have any basis for their line of questioning, but overall it didn't detract from the story.

For people who are really adamant about not reading anything with sex or profanity, you might want to know that this does occasionally have rather coarse expletives and although the H and h do make love, the scenes are not explicit.

If allowed, I would give this book 4 1/2 stars and I rounded my rating up instead of down because this is a book that I will vividly remember for a very long time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Love lost! Love Found! July 25, 2014
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Great story of love lost, love found! One of the fascinating parts of this book is the fact that the primary female character is a physician with a great job in the Emergency Room in Philadelphia. Ironically, she left her homeland on the North Sea for life in America where she has found success and love. Engaged to a wealthy young man, her life is under control until her grandmother dies. Forced to return to the cold land of her birth to settle the estate, the plot unfolds in a steady and sure way to reveal to the reader life in this small hamlet along with the way that relationships develop. Amazing to the contemporary American reader, the relationships, once formed, last forever. As our heroine renews old friendships her life in America begins to contrast dramatically with the life in Norfolk. As she views the life of her high school friend, she finds all of the things she has "missed" in her own life, and the comparison is revealing. Her fiance' visits from America for Christmas and she is able to put things into perspeciive and therein lies the story. Good read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Lia
I really liked this one! The development of the main character was more important to me than the actual murder. Lia has everything she thinks she wants in America. Read more
Published 7 months ago by vsk
2.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected
I gave up on this book shortly after starting to read it.

I disliked the gruesome beginning and it didn't pique my interest to read any further. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Geraldine
2.0 out of 5 stars Up Close is far down....
This book was far too slow moving for me and took way too long to read. I had the entire story figured out early on and forced myself to read it just to see if I was right. Read more
Published 7 months ago by K. Manthey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GOOD READ
Published 8 months ago by Peggy Killam
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed this book very much.
Published 8 months ago by Dot Barrett
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick and interesting read
There is a lot that goes on in this book: childhood trauma, murder mystery, family relationships, lost love, veterans' issues. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ann M
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Nicely written, but slow moving and melodramatic. The plot was obvious almost from the get go, because in this genre the lover could not be the villain.
Published 8 months ago by Roxie's Mum
4.0 out of 5 stars A taut thriller
Up close starts out with a murder, observed by the killer- stalking its prey. From the prologue I was hooked. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Robyn K
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic suspense at its very best!
If you enjoy your romance with a suspenseful mystery woven through the story this book is for you. The stark Norfolk scenery is as much a character as Lia and Aiden. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Angela S. Britnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and atmospheric
I love trying new authors and when this one was recommended to me, it was my first foray into contemporary romantic suspense. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Poppy Parsons
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More About the Author

Henriette Gyland grew up in Northern Denmark but moved to England after she graduated from the University of Copenhagen. She wrote her first book when she was ten, a tale of two orphan sisters running away to Egypt, fortunately to be adopted by a perfect family they meet on the Orient Express.

Between that first literary exploit and now, she has worked in the Danish civil service, for a travel agent, a consultancy company, in banking, hospital administration, and for a county court before setting herself up as a freelance translator and linguist. Henriette recently began to pursue her writing in earnest winning the New Talent Award in 2011 from the Festival of Romance and a Commended from the Yeovil Literary Prize.

Henriette lives in London.

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