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Come Closer Paperback – May 31, 2011
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“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.”
Top Customer Reviews
Gran's ("Saturn's Return to New York") short novel is a fairly straightforward tale of demonic possession, made chillingly delicious by the spare, unadorned voice, quick pace, and subtleties of psychological desire. Amanda's fate is not inevitable; there are ways to counter the demon, but does she have the faith required, or the strength of mind? Does she perhaps prefer to give in? Thoughtful as well as scary, Gran's tale evokes the lonely fears of adulthood.
For this kind of novel you can't really go wrong with Rosemary's Baby or A Head Full of Ghosts: A Novel or The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition or A Good and Happy Child: A Novel
I don't want to give anything away, but I will say that this novel is horrific and convincing. It makes some of the cookie-cutter Hollywood `horror' novels (the ones where the girls with big boobs always get caught by the villain with the fish hook who always walks, never runs) look pathetic and childish. The narrator of the story, Amanda, seems so real and normal that watching her life fall apart in such a horrible way made me feel deeply unsettled.
Overall, I recommended this for people who want a short novel that is refreshing, scary and unusual. It's a quick read that packs a huge emotional punch and is very satisfying. I don't normally read horror books, but found this one to be everything I expected and more. The ending is macarbre and a real bone-chiller. Enjoy!
a genre that tries so hard to reinvent itself. Horror, dark fantasy,
whatever you call it always has its share each year of classy tales and I would put this one in that easily. I enjoyed the economy of the story, you
don't need to throw in more than needed, this story centers on this one
woman and those close by her(husband, co-workers)and succeeds in inducing an ever increasing
scence of malice and dread. Not to give anything away to those interested,
its a tight, strange little tale, a nice take on a paranormal-possession subject well written about.
Great read! Definitely recommend!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read this in one sitting. I was both disturbed and saddened at the same time. Mission accomplished Sara Gran.Published 3 months ago by Terri
Decent book. No twists or anything. Just a nice dark read do those of you who are into that sort of thing.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a great read! This story pulled me in and I couldn't wait to see how it ended! Loved it!Published 4 months ago by Shelly Cat
This is one of my favorite "scary" books of all time. It's really ominous!Published 4 months ago by Carissa Thrush
A thriller about possession that reads at a pounding pace. But one that is ultimately unsurprising and makes a few choices that are really frustrating and feel like a cop-out. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David Nestor
A short sharp novel of possession and gender roles. One of my all time faves.Published 7 months ago by RabbitWithFangs
COME CLOSER is a model of economy.Gran does not waste your time.The novel goes quick and is immensely enjoyable. Read morePublished 8 months ago by JAK
Many of the popular horror story tropes don't really affect me. Vampires, zombies, slasher killers, monsters. But demonic possession always freaks me out a little. Read morePublished 9 months ago by rvialet
There are few books that I've read thst out and out frighten me, but this book was one that I kept reading ...with dread. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Catherine