- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: HQ Fiction - GB (20 May 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008330859
- ISBN-13: 978-0008330859
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 231 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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Closer Than You Think Paperback – 20 May 2019
Praise for Closer Than You Think:
‘Dark, gripping and with a twist that leaves you breathless’ John Marrs
‘Utterly brilliant . . . the final twist left me breathless. Darren O’Sullivan is proving himself time and again as an exceptional story teller’ Lisa Hall
‘Exquisitely written . . . a ripping good read’ Suzy K. Quinn
Praise for Darren O’Sullivan:
‘An immensely talented new author’ John Marrs, author of The One and When You Disappeared
‘Engrossing, compelling and twisty from the first page to the shocking ending. This book grabbed me and didn't let go’ Michele Campbell, author of It’s Always the Husband
'Unique and utterly compelling. This twisty psychological thriller will chill you to the bones' Gemma Metcalfe, author of Trust Me
‘A stellar and original concept, brilliantly executed. The final chapters had my heart in my throat! O’Sullivan is certainly one to watch’ Phoebe Morgan, author of The Doll House
A gripping, twisty serial killer thriller you won’t want to miss!
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Claire has survived an attack by a madman, an attack which has left her physically and emotionally scarred. She is too afraid to have a shower without her mum nearby and leaving the house is an ordeal for her as well, but despite all of this, she is determined to live her life as best she can. Then Paul comes into her life, a kind, gentle soul who seems to understand her. But does he really?
This was an intense story and what added to it was that it was also told from the POV of the Black Out Killer. The tension built and built and I was getting ready to just sit and read until the story finished, although I was almost afraid to turn the pages. Unfortunately, the ending was kind of flat? I am hoping there is a sequel to this book though, I would love to see what Claire does next, she really impressed me.
*Warning to animal lovers: there is a section of the book which has a graphic description of animal abuse. If I had known this, I probably wouldn't have read the book, it is something which I just can't handle.*
The vast majority of this book was really good and I would like to read something else by this author in the future.
4.5 stars from me.
Claire Moore was the one that got away. Her husband and 6 others had not been so lucky. She was the survivor of the Black-Out Killer. She lost everything that night and her life hasn't been the same since. It is 10 years later and she still lives in fear, even though he has been locked up. She struggles with day to day things like showering and is unable to work. She is frightened of her own shadow. But then she meets Paul and her life starts to get better and she gets a bit braver. And then the killings start again.. the same way. She takes a massive step back in her recovery and suffers guilt for being alive. The killer is watching Claire... will she ever feel normal again.
This story is original and dark. I was pulled into the lives of these characters and was feeling everything that they were feeling. And as I said, I kept the lights on! It is scary!!
The one difference between her and the killers other victims is that she survived.
10 years after her attack, it is happening again. Is this the work of a copy cat or is the killer that was thought to be dead still alive, and will he once again set his sights on Claire to finish what he started.
This was a gripping thriller that got under my skin. I will never feel the same about a blackout again!
This was a well written and structured thriller and just when you think you have figured it out, you really haven’t.
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The thrilling aspect as well as the first few twists were great. I was on edge for most of the book. The first "big twist" comes into play during the last part of the book. It makes sense and I felt almost breathless. After the big "twist unveiling" comes the Epilogue. This is the part of the book that made me so angry/upset/frustrated that I could only rate this book 2 stars! The first part of the Epilogue was great and Claire was finally getting her life back (great so far). Then, the second part happened and I sat there with my mouth open just staring at the book, silently willing more words to appear, to justify what I was reading. Like...what happens now?! Why did this part have to happen? Why?!
Closer Than You Think is a slow burning, but intense thriller. If you are okay with a bad outcome at the end of a book, then give this one a read.
Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digital for this ARC.
Once you read the prologue and move into the first few chapters of the book, it is somewhat disappointing. The prologue was filled with suspense and was fast paced, however, most of the book afterwards is slow moving and really hard to get into. The relationship between the Blackout Killer and Claire also seems drawn out, meaning that you know what the Blackout Killer's end game is but it takes forever for it to actually happen.
The story really picks-up pace about 80% into the book, which is about the time when I finally felt like I was being drawn into the book. This is because more information about the Blackout Killer is coming out, there's the accusations around Killian (the support group owner), and the relationship between Claire and Paul are evolving. It is around this time that I also thought that I had figured out who the Blackout Killer truly was, but boy was I wrong. Towards the end of the book there are a ton of surprises, most of them are ones that you won't see coming either.
The story itself is quite descriptive even when describing some of the current and past murders of the Blackout Killer. There were times though when you will wish that this was not the case. Specifically, when the story goes into specifics on how the Blackout Killer killed seven baby birds out of anger when he was younger. There is actually a couple of different instances within the story where there are murder of animals and most of them, except for that of the baby birds as previously mentioned, do not go into any specific details on how they were killed.
I currently have a love/hate feeling going on right now with the way the book ended. I love how Claire evolved and how she chose to be a strong unstoppable survivor who finally decides to take control of her life. However, I want to see how Claire does that with the Blackout Killer once she figures out who he is, but you don't get to. Instead, you got an epilogue which jumps from where Claire figures out who the Blackout Killer is to where Claire is now more at piece. The ending makes it feel like you were cheated from such a great story ending.
Rating 2 out of 5
Claire Moore was the victim of a serial killer dubbed The Blackout Killer, she was victim number eight, well she should have been, but she survived.......
Ten years earlier Claire Moore was attacked by a man who tortured his victims in unthinkable ways, she was one of the lucky ones as she managed to escape and then the killings stopped, but she's lived with the horrific memories of that night ever since, struggling to do things alone, but she's a fighter, determined to not let it beat her and, just when things are starting to get better, the killings start again which sends her spiralling back into the black abyss she thought she'd escaped from.
The Black-Out Killer is back. And he’s coming for Claire…
This story gripped me from the start, I was so drawn in by it that I questioned every noise around me while reading it and when I was out and about it played on my mind and made me cautious of the people around me in the street. I loved Claire and was so in awe of how far she had come in her journey to regain some normality to her life since the attack, I was so hoping for a happy ending for her but The Blackout Killer had other ideas.
About half way through I thought I'd guessed who the killer was and the more I read the more I was convinced I was right, but then the author delivered the WTF moment that was like a sucker punch to the gut which left me completely gobsmacked and my chin hit the floor, how wrong was I? This book has tension and spine tingling moments by the bucket load and although it's the first I've read by this author, it certainly won't be the last! I highly recommend.
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