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"I could not stop until I reached the very last line."
—Sarah Weinman

“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.”
—Darin Strauss
 
“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.”
—Margot Livesey
 
“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.”
—George Pelecanos
 
“‘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.”
—Stewart O’Nan
 
Come Closer is sharp and strange and, best of all, at the moment of truth it doesn’t flinch from its own mad logic.”
—Sam Lipsyte
 
The Yellow Wallpaper meets Rosemary’s Baby in a slim, wonderfully eerie novel.”
Kirkus Reviews
 
"Polished and unsettling."
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
 
“It gave us the creeps.”
Arizona Republic

"About as twisted as they come."
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About the Author

Sara Gran is the author of the novels Saturn's Return to New York, Dope, and Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, the first in a detective series.  Her work has been published in over a dozen countries and in nearly twice as many magazines, newspapers, and literary journals. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Sara Gran now lives in California.

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  • Publisher : Soho Press (May 31, 2011)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1616951001
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1616951009
  • Item Weight : 5.1 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.0 out of 5 stars 608 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars This one got under my skin BAD. Scary stuff. I highly recommend
By Sadie Hartmann on February 14, 2019
I just finished this book. I started it a couple days ago and I would have devoured it in one sitting but, you know--life--so I gulped down huge chunks of it in whatever reading time I could steal. I can't believe it's just under 200 pages! I feel like so much happened in these pages...

...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...
Ack! *shivers*
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.
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Michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars A disturbing yet riveting read
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5.0 out of 5 stars very subtle,
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