Come Closer Paperback – May 31, 2011
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"I could not stop until I reached the very last line."
“What begins as a sly fable about frustrated desire evolves into a genuinely scary novel about possession and insanity. Hypnotic, disturbing, and written with such unerring confidence you believe every word, Come Closer is one of the most precise and graceful pieces of fiction I've read in a long time.”
—Bret Easton Ellis
“Ideal for an evening’s reading, with a kick that will stay with the reader for days afterward.”
—Dallas Morning News
“Sara Gran has written an intelligent horror story, a literary creepshow that works its magic subtly and well. It’s a marvel of restraint and taste, and still it worms its way under your skin and stays there.”
“Sara Gran’s Come Closer ought to carry a warning to readers. It’s impossible to begin this intense, clever, beautifully written novel without turning every page. A wonderful accomplishment.”
“I read Come Closer on the train, in a snowstorm, on a cold December night. It was the right atmosphere for this perfectly noirish tale of madness and love. Author Sara Gran writes with scalpel-like clarity, expertly blending tones to create a new kind of psychological thriller. I loved this book. Days after finishing it, it has not left my mind.”
“‘What we think is impossible happens all the time.’ So claims the beguiling narrator of Come Closer, and after reading this spare and menacing tale, the reader has to agree. Sara Gran has created a sly, satisfying (fast!) novel of one young woman possessed not only by a demon but also by her own secret desires.”
“Come Closer is sharp and strange and, best of all, at the moment of truth it doesn’t flinch from its own mad logic.”
“The Yellow Wallpaper meets Rosemary’s Baby in a slim, wonderfully eerie novel.”
"Polished and unsettling."
—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“It gave us the creeps.”
"About as twisted as they come."
About the Author
- Item Weight : 5.1 ounces
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1616951001
- ISBN-13 : 978-1616951009
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Soho Press (May 31, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #78,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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...certain things are going to scare certain people. Okay? Let's just start there. Not everything is going to have the same impact on every, single reader because we all come to the story with so much baggage--preferences, worldviews, triggers, perspectives, pet peeves, history, so much baggage.
For me, Sara Gran touches on a subject that hits very close to home. So, the protagonist, Amanda--I can relate to her.
Things happen to her that feel akin to my context.
And then when the author starts to turn up the heat and the bubbles begin to gather around the edges of the pot...the water starts getting warm...and then hot...hotter...and then BOILING...I felt it all. I felt everything Amanda did and it just straight terrified me.
This book got under my skin in the worst/best way.
Like, I even wondered about myself there for a minute, you know??
People who have read this book, are you nodding your head in agreement? Did you go over that checklist and you're like, hmmmm, I could score a 3 or a 4 right now...
Those of you who haven't read this book, this is for you:
I'm recommending this read for people who enjoy those psychological, unreliable-narrator, creeping-dread, disturbing stories that just get more and more messed up and crazy as it goes on.
Truly, there were some stand out moment here that if this was a book, I'd cover my eyes.
Scary, scary, scary.
Maybe not for some--I understand that, but it was for ME. Big time.
This book is scary in ways that other horror novels are not. There are definitely creepy moments, but to me the most terrifying part of the novel was how powerless the main character was as the demon took over. It instills the kind of terror that stays with you days after you've finished reading it.
I would 100% recommend this book if you love horror but aren't into grizzly depictions of gore or shock pieces.
It begins small, with things no one would suspect to signal an incoming demonic force—things like the strange tapping Amanda and Ed hear in the walls of their apartment, and how they start to fight more. But that’s normal, right? That’s just what couples go through. But for Amanda, the small signs keep stacking up until she can no longer trust that she is in control.
What I loved about this book is that it is told in the first person, so we see through Amanda’s eyes. Can we really trust her perspective? What if the strange dreams are just in her head—what if it’s all in her head? I spent much of the book toeing that line, wondering if her ailment was due to demonic possession or a medical issue, like schizophrenia.
The way the novella builds is fairly genius. Each incident doesn’t seem like much on its own, but all of a sudden I realized Amanda was in far too deep to claw her way out alone.
I’m not sure I’ve read another possession story that is told from the perspective of the possessed—it is always an outside observer—so that was an interesting and unique tactic that kept me guessing throughout.
Besides the story of possession, this book is threaded through with the story of the breakdown of a romantic relationship. Amanda and her husband seem normal enough at the beginning, but then he is blind to the strange changes coming over her, uncaring of her needs, unwilling to compromise. And Amanda too hardens toward her husband.
“What we think is impossible happens all the time,” Amanda thinks at the beginning of the book. I’d agree, but the impossibility doesn’t turn on us all at once; it creeps, insidiously and slow until we can’t be sure that what has changed is something around us, or in us.
Hmm...what to say about Come Closer?
*It's fun, but predictable.
*It's engrossing, but seriously lacking in character development.
*It's typical of it's genre, but somewhat creepy because of Amanda's complete lack of control over her situation.
Honestly, I just needed more. This had the potential to be a great little horror novel. Unfortunately, it simply wasn't long enough to really delve deeply into the characters, their thoughts/feelings, or even the demon herself.
Top reviews from other countries
Brilliantly blurs the lines between the possibility of possession and the idea of really serious mental health issues!
I thought the narrative structure was superb and led to an extremely satisfying and haunting conclusion.
Recommended to fellow fans of The Exorcist as an engaging and thoroughly contemporary interpretation of demonic possession.