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Closer Than Blood Hardcover – January 1, 2011


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Pinnacle Books; Book Club (BCE/BOMC edition (2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1611295610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611295610
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,421,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I live in rural Washington State (about a mile as the crow flies from Starvation Heights). I've wrapped up my ninth novel -- a serial killer thriller coming out in November 2014. It's called The Girl in the Woods. I've been a guest on Dateline NBC, NPR, Good Morning America, The Early Show, FOX News; CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, Extra, Access Hollywood, Snapped, Deadly Women, William Shatner's Aftermath, and A&E's Biography.

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Natasha in OR on April 2, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Olsen's ability to set the stage, build multi-dimensional characters, and create suspense is nothing short of brilliant. His diverse experience with people through his true crime writing obviously comes into play, as he has an exceptional understanding of the twisted mind. I felt like I actually knew these characters; like they were the best and worst of those people I've crossed paths with throughout life.

The twists and turn in Closer than Blood made it nearly impossible to put down; the ending took me by complete surprise. I had such a great time reading it that I was almost sad when it ended. Can't wait for more!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Shellie Cohagan on April 2, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I can't express enough how much I love this book. I haven't even finished it yet but i could not wait to come on and voice my love. Gregg knocks it out once again. This book is a literal page turner.I simply cannot put it down. Born and raised in Kitsap County this book gives me chills as I read about the places in my own back yard. I absolutely adore Kendall Stark and look forward to reading more books with her as the main character. I love Gregg and am a loyal fan. Keep up the great work!
And to the negative reviewer....Really? Did you even read the book? No one believes for even a second that your review is legitimate. Get a life. Purchased 3 more copies today as Easter Basket goodies.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "deb"utaunte on April 2, 2011
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Great story!! As always, I enjoy the writing of this author in whatever style he chooses, whether it be true crime or fiction. Closer Than Blood is a compelling story. I love the way Olsen weaves a tale of the overlapping lives of the characters bringing them to full circle as they face a climatic and dramatic disclosure of the consequences and conclusions of the choices they made long ago. I enjoyed the sense of being present in each scene as I was drawn in by the author's interesting and detailed descriptive writing. From this woman's perspective, I found humor in Olsen's portraying of women in an uncanny way. I especially enjoyed the factual aspects of the story's real locations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Omnivorous reader on April 6, 2013
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Olsen always offers a good plot. A good story. Not the same old stuff. This one is an interesting tale of a really bad seed and her impact on her twin as well as others who come in contact with her. The depth of her evil is not revealed until the last page. Worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joan Hogue on January 10, 2013
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Gregg Olsen lives near me (I saw him at Costco recently). This book was interesting, per usual, but my favorite novel of his is "Starvation Heights."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By slayerofsmurfs on August 20, 2011
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I'm a fan of gregg olsen and have enjoyed his works. But this story is a mess! In the dedication he thanks his editor for an eleventh hour solution. I think they skipped the twelfth hour re-edit. While the story is imaginative and compelling there are so many mistakes in it that they are distracting. It looks like it was rewritten at the last minute changing the action of the characters. The wrong people know the wrong things at the wrong times. This would have been a really great book if someone had gone through and edited it properly before it hit the printing press.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Evans on April 11, 2011
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Gregg Olsen has done it again! Closer than Blood, set in the sleepy hamlets of the Kitsap Peninsula, is a roller coaster ride to the finish. The twist and turns are spell binding and the murderous beautiful perpetrator's dastardly deeds will leave you up late at night too anxious to sleep as you turn page after chilling page. The evil contained within the well packaged and perfectly groomed murderess oozes out from every page like the guilty pleasure of a caramel treat.
Filled with tight prose and pithy dialog, this book will have you missing the ferry, the train, and the plane as you burn through its story hungry to know every last sordid detail. If you like suspense, this is the book for you. Packed with more twists and turns than a Kitsappalachian back road, Closer than Blood is an excellent read and darn good story. Now I am off to see what else Olsen has written that I have not read yet!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 3, 2013
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This book was a good read. Kept my interest until the end! Will definitely be reading more from this author.
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