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Close to You

By: Kerry Wilkinson
Narrated by: Alison Campbell
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Summary

A completely gripping psychological thriller

I pinch the screen to zoom until I’m staring at the face of a ghost. A man with very short hair, staring directly at the camera with piercing brown eyes.

He is as he was when I last saw him: wrinkles around the corners of the eyes and a knowing smirk. That’s the expression I see when I can’t sleep.

My body tenses. It can’t be him. It’s not my ex-husband. It’s not David.

I know that better than anyone because he didn’t walk out on me.

He didn’t disappear two years ago and he’s not a missing person.

I know that for a fact because I’m the one who killed him.

A brilliantly twisty thriller which will have fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl absolutely gripped.

©2019 Kerry Wilkinson (P)2019 Bookouture

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I thought the story is very good . A story that you can follow and see in your mind .

I have heard Miss Campbell’s narration many times and never tired of her voice and the way she portrays the subjects

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Brilliant

I always love this Narrator, I actually searched for her on Amazon. A bad narrator can detract from a well written story. Loved this certainly difficult to put down.

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I can't believe it's not better

The raw material that the author had to work with could have made this into a cracking good thriller. She failed to craft it into a decent bit of literature, and failed to channel all the loose ends into a satisfactory ending.

This is certainly a different kind of thriller. Morgan Persephone tells us right at the start that she killed her husband a couple of years ago. What she doesn't understand are the various clues that keep coming up suggesting that he may not be dead after all.

The story as a whole is narrated by Morgan in two separate timelines:

In "The Why" timeline Morgan starts to explain to us how she came to kill her husband 2 years ago.

In The Now" timeline, Morgan has moved on with her life, she is a successful personal trainer and has a new boyfriend Andy, with whom she is planning to move in together. The clues about her former husband however keep appearing and playing on her mind.

The book was not well written, I struggled to visualise the scenes and engage with the characters, there was something missing. I persevered with this story confident that the boring bit was just scene setting and that the best bit was yet to come. It never did.

The ending when it came was particularly weak and unsatisfactory.

The narrator was OK. She spoke so slowly that I had to use the 1.25x playback speed on the App to make her sound normal.

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Ok but didn’t set the world slight

It seemed to drift on a bit too long really, narration was ok but a bit toooooo slow!

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Awful narration

Who chose this narrator, what a poor choice, slow and whiney - an awful combination. Can’t get passed the first chapter.

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Implausible

Had the makings of a good novel and I liked the premise but the narration left much to be desired and I felt the story could have been told better in 6 hours instead of nine. I made it to the end but it really was a hard slog and I will return.

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