Closer Than You Think by Darren O’Sullivan {Review} [AD]

Wow guys what a book!

I was absolutely thrilled when I was approved for a copy of this from Netgalley. I have read Darren’s work previously and really enjoyed it so when I saw this was available it was a no brainer to apply for it.

The Blurb

He’s watching. She’s waiting.

The unmissable new thriller from Darren O’Sullivan, author of Our Little Secret and Close Your Eyes.

Having barely escaped the clutches of a serial killer, Claire Moore has struggled to rebuild her life. After her terrifying encounter with the man the media dubbed The Black-Out Killer, she became an overnight celebrity: a symbol of hope and survival in the face of pure evil. And then the killings stopped.

Now ten years have passed, and Claire remains traumatised by her brush with death. Though she has a loving and supportive family around her, what happened that night continues to haunt her still.

Just when things are starting to improve, there is a power cut; a house fire; another victim found killed in the same way as before.

The Black-Out Killer is back. And he’s coming for Claire…

The Cover

I love the cover. It is so eye-catching and really draws me in. It totally relates to the storyline as well.

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The Review

It is rare that when reading this genre that I am completely taken off guard. I always have a sneaking suspicion of who the killer is, or at the least can’t say I am overly surprised when it all comes out in the open. However, this book BLEW MY MIND! Darren the sneaky little devil totally blind-sided me with the ending. Not just for the reveal but the way it ended. I mean, I don’t want to give any spoilers but if you do manage to read this book (which you should) you will totally get what I mean when I say “YOU CAN’T DO THAT TO ME!”

Now let’s talk about Claire, the main character. She is very traumatised by what happened to her all those years ago, and well…rightly so. Usually I don’t really take to characters who are weak, I much prefer strong, brashy, badass women but Claire isn’t weak, she is just stuck. Stuck unable to really move on, terrified that what happened to will happen again. However, she constantly battles against her anxiety to try and not let the event define who she is and it makes for such a compelling read.

I loved this book so much and I 100% recommend that you should read it, whether psychological thrillers are your thing or not, the quality of the writing alone makes it worth a read. Congratulations Darren on another amazing book!

You can purchase a copy of this amazing book <here>

Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me the pleasure of reading this book and thank you all for reading my review.

Emma-Louise x

 

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Book Blog Tour:My Last Lie by Ella Drummond (AD)

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Hey everyone, today I am bringing you a review for the book My Last Lie by Ella Drummond. I would like to thank Sarah Hardy from Books On The Bright Side, Hera Books and Ella for providing me with a free copy for review purposes.

Blurb

New beginnings. Old secrets.
Theo and Pilar. The perfect couple.

Successful, beautiful and very much in love.
Until a year ago – and the tragedy that nearly tore them apart.
When their baby died, a part of them died with him.
Now they’re trying to rebuild themselves, moving to a stunning house in rural Cornwall.
But someone knows all their secrets – and will stop at nothing to disturb their fragile peace.

Theo and Pilar are about to learn that you can try to hide – but you can never outrun your past.

A unputdownable, gripping psychological thriller that will hook you until the final shocking twist. Fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors and The Wife Between Us will be captivated.

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Review

This was a bit of a slow build story for me and it was because I was eager to see what happened. I really enjoyed My Last Lie and felt for the main character Pilar.

The pacing of the story and how it unfolded was perfect, I didn’t find that things were rushed or dragged out and I love Ella’s writing style. Once I hit about 25% into the story I was struggling to put it down.

I would have loved to see more of the relationship between Pilar and and her mother and would like to see a Novella or another book which it features more as there is clearly some tense backstory there, especially on her mother’s side.

This was a great mystery thriller and I would highly recommend it to others. A solid 4 stars from me.

Author Bio

Ella Drummond recently signed a two-book deal with Hera Books. Her first psychological thriller, My Last Lie will be published in February 2019 and is available for pre-order now.

She lives with her husband on the island of Jersey and you can follow her on Twitter @drummondella1 and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EllaDrummondWrites/

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Purchase Link: My Last Lie

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x