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- Print Length: 330 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (October 24, 2018)
- Publication Date: October 24, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07G8HZCJ5
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,134 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was a huge psychological thriller — the best I have read in quite some time! The story was told from several points of view, making for an intriguing read. I am so glad I set time aside to read CLOSER in its entirety because I honestly could not put it down once I started it. I could not turn the pages fast enough, I was so caught up in the suspense. Several times, I thought I had part of the story figured out, then something else would happen that would cause me to second-guess myself. I was wrong about who was the bully, that reveal blew my mind! I thought one of the characters was guilty for the reasons given and I was vindicated in that belief by the way the book ended (I just knew I was right about that character)!
This is the first book I have read by Ms. Slater, but it will not be my last — I have added all of her books to my reading list...
AfterThought: Some reviewers thought this book ended in a cliffhanger, but I thought that it was very clear...
This time around we have Emma and Shaun ending a strained marriage while their young daughter, Maisie, is conflicted between the two.
Shaun soon finds a sizzling new love in Joanne, a very high-end attorney who just happens to be Emma's new boss. Awkward.
It turns out that Joanne also has a prima donna daughter (Piper) about Maisie's age, whom Maisie detests. Imagine her shock and horror when she learns her father Shaun is moving in with Joanne and Piper! It literally sickens Maisie to be forced to spend time "as a family" with them.
Things quickly progress from bad to worse and both Maisie and her mom, Emma, are in danger both mentally and physically.
There are some intense moments in this captivating book, hence reading into the wee hours. I liked it very much, and I believe I've now read all of Ms. Slater's excellent books. I'm ready for the next one!
As good a read as "Closer" is, I gave it four stars instead of five for two reasons, well, three really. I never give away plot details so as not to spoil it for others so I'll dance around these issues as best I can.
The first one is a bit minor but also a bit unimaginative for this high caliber author. There's a point in the story where one of the characters needs to retrieve something from an attic. The character empties out his pants pockets first before goes to get it. That was just ludicrous to me. Why would he do that? Who empties their pockets to go to another part of the house? Of course, that provided another character opportunity to see and grab something needed to advance the plot. However, I thought that ploy was quite sloppy. Seems to me the item could've been accidentally dropped and unnoticed or some other scenario that would've made better sense. No big deal but just seemed "contrived" to me.
The second issue I had was a much bigger problem. There's a major mistake very near the end of the book. It was such a glaring error that I actually went back and reread a few previous pages farther back in the book to see if I was mistaken or if I'd missed something. No, I was right. Maybe other readers won't catch it but it stood out to me.
One other little thing that wasn't cleared up in the book was a reference to one character's past that supposedly caused her anxiety and emotional problems, perhaps even a breakdown, but that was never addressed. I was eager to learn what happened and how it fit into the current storyline. I thought I had it all figured out but apparently I was mistaken. (Unless that was somehow to tie into the error at the end but never made it. )
Regardless, I enjoyed "Closer" very much and highly recommend it. As is always the case with a K.L. Slater book, it won't end the way you think!
Again, thanks to the author for her superb writing skills, twists, turns, and surprise endings - all done without copious amounts of blood, guts, profanity, or graphic sex. Good job!
This utterly gripping, fast-paced story kept me glued from beginning to end. It is the tale of sins from the past coming back to haunt one woman(Emma), even though her actions were in fact morally correct. The repercussions this has on her family, in particular, her daughter is frightening and her world sinks just a little lower when her husband (Shaun) proclaims he’s leaving her, for her boss (Jo). With secrets of her own and a highly unlikeable daughter, Jo is not about to let some lowly paralegal (Emma) stand in the way of her happiness.
If you’re looking for a totally believable, modern-day page-turner, with an ending that'll leave you on the edge of your seat, this is for you. A full five stars!
This book was like savoring and enjoying a great meal .... then finding a roach in your last bite.
I’ve read every one of her books, and will continue to do so, but am so disappointed with the very cruel ending in this one. Especially as it pertains to a child.
I still recommend it if you like her other books/books in this genre.