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Closing In

Narrated by: Elisabeth Hopper
Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
3.9 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Summary

She thinks she's escaped. She thinks she's safe....

Helen has had to leave everything she's ever known behind: her home, her family, even her own name.

Now, returning to the UK as Ellen Newman, she moves to a small coastal village, working as a nanny for Donovan, a criminal psychologist. Attractive, caring and protective, this single father and his sweet daughter are a world away from Ellen's brutal past.

But Ellen can't shake the feeling that something's wrong.

Strange incidents begin to plague her new family, and their house of calm is about to become one of suspicion and fear.

Who can be trusted? Who is the target? Who is closing in?

©2017 Sue Fortin (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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one of my faves

I loved this story, especially the ending. The narrator makes the book a lovely listening experience.

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Thoroughly enjoyable, thrilling

Fantastic story line beautifully read. Mystery, suspense, romance & a great storyline! wonderful characters brought to life.

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Gripping story with great characters

The mix of characters and storyline was brilliant. I felt a whole range of emotions while reading.

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2* only because I think it could have been a good

There was so much missing from this Romantic Thriller. Disappointed that we didn't get more about the main character's backstory including more of the planning process and decision making- yes the odd bit was slipped in here and there but not enough so we could get to know her and what made her tick. The Romance seemed to spring out of nowhere even though you could see it coming. There wasn't enough of a build up for you to get why he didn't kick her and the grief she brought to his otherwise peaceful and orderly life out on her arse. The eight year old was babied- in one part she needed help to undo and do up her clothing. And most 8 year olds: engage in independent reading and perhaps read books to mum and dad. All the characters were very underdeveloped including Amanda, Toby and Carla. The end couldn't come soon enough for me. it was a shame cos it really could have been an excellent tale of love. Finally I really hated the narrator she made a cheesy read into to something quite cringey and hard to listen to. I will be avoiding this narrator rather than the author.

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Ok romance!

Started out as a promising psychological thriller then developed into a glorified romance. Ok but not really my cup of tea.

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good read narration was comfortable to listen to. would recommend it for someone who likes a plot that is not too complicatef

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A Worthy Read

This was my first experience of Sue Fortin's writing. Although a good storyline, I guessed the offenders very early on. The pinnacle of the story, however, was rounded up very quickly in the last two chapters, almost leaving a key part uncovered.
I found the Narrator a little bit monotone in places.

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  • Mariel
  • 23-06-17

Really sad a woman wrote this

This book could have been great, but the relationship between the two main characters was so revolting I had a hard time finishing this book.

There's a clear power imbalance and instead of the author showing how maybe it's not that imbalanced, she reinforced it. Particularly humiliating is the scene where Donovan rifles through her belongings, asserting his ownership over her. If this book were about sex, I could understand the bdsm lilt, but their relationship is presented as romantic...and then she puts out after he humiliates an abuse survivor?

Also, the little girl voice is so bad an needs to go. The constant "giggling" is just weird when a grown woman is trying it. Also, 8-year-olds don't and shouldn't ever act like that. Super creepy!

I'm sure this author has honed her skills a lot since this book and I hope the next is a lot better!

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  • Laura
  • 06-06-17

A little disappointing...

What did you like best about Closing In? What did you like least?

Best: Story had potential

Least:
The child in the book was irritating and sounded like a 3-4 year old, not an 8 year old.
Flow was just not there- felt forced. It touched on Donovan'a job (specific case he was working on) and gave enough detail to get me interested where I thought it might tie into the story, but it didn't. I know it was there to add another list of "possible stalkers". I felt like the book tried to teeter on "is she crazy" or "is this really happening?" but it didn't work for me, sadly.

What could Sue Fortin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I feel like the two main characters jumped right into a relationship and I didn't see the relationship build at all and it just didn't seem right- I didn't feel the connection (I know that sounds weird, but I just didn't feel that their "love story" or interest in each other started- it just was there.

What three words best describe Elisabeth Hopper’s voice?

Pleasant (reminds me of Rebecca Hall, the actress)

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably not

Any additional comments?

I found it just forced and unbelievable- it was her boyfriend not even her husband and she has to change her identity but doesn't move far away or notify the police?

I would not consider this psychological mystery, which was the category I found it in. I loved the authors other title, "Sister, Sister", but this one was a miss.

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  • HenWest
  • 19-04-17

loved it!

she's a terrific narrator! Enjoyable story with some good twists and turns along the way.

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  • Rural life
  • 09-07-17

Awful!!!!

This is one of the worst books I have ever suffered through listening to. Every single clue was obvious, repeated, and there was no suspense. It was bordering on annoying at several parts throughout the book when they repeated things that they had already said.

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  • grace m hough
  • 19-04-17

I loved the story

loved it. he only thing I found hard to believe was that the child was an eight year old you can't carry an 8 year old and most eight year olds act older than that. Izzy, would have been more believable as a six-year-old.

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  • Beth C. Hunt
  • 03-04-17

Closing In

I Enjoyed this book so much! I want to keep it in my library forever.

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  • meg
  • 19-09-20

I should have listened to the reviews

This book was such a disappointment, First I couldn't believe how all the lead characters could be so stupid. A criminal therapist was so easily fooled by what other people said. that I couldn't believe it The main character was running away from an abusive relationship and so easily disregarded any notion that her ex had anything to do with it and even after they figured out who it was, she still didn't believe that she could be in danger. This book was also so predictable and really none of the characters ever evoked any kind of sympathy. These people in this this book were just so up and down with any kind of concern the main character would actually be scared when it was obvious that at that time there was no danger. Yet when she should clearly be scared she wasn't. Donovan who was the therapist would always say that he could tell when someone was lying yet when one of the characters who he already knew was dangerous was so easily able to manipulate and fool him when he was so clearly lying. I also felt that the two main characters love story started way to soon. But the worst part of this book was I'm sorry to say was the ending. I won't say what happened in case someone wants to really listen to this book. I'm really in shock that this book was even published because it was just such an embarrassment, and when I say embarrassment I mean the author should be embarrassed to have even wrote a book like this

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  • Faith Calhoun
  • 27-04-19

Naive Hero/Heroine - spoiler alert!

if you want to be completely aggravated and annoyed by the end of this book by the SHEER STUPIDITY of the "hero/heroine" in this story then read on...it almost makes you think that any harm done to these so called "good guys" would surely be deserved. Stupidity should hurt!!! why do British authoresses INSIST on painting their heros/heroines in such naive and ignorant shades?! I absolutely CAN NOT understand why the nanny and her dopey, pig headed "boss" do not realize that, OF COURSE, its the evil, violent, wife beating, abusive bastard of an ex boyfriend who is plaguing them? this story has been told time and time again and is as predictable as the last. find a better story. dig deep!!!

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  • Wilma
  • 19-05-18

unimaginative and disappointing

This author had many opportunities to create twists, but sadly, missed every one. Too bad. I was geared up for a twisty plot, and was given a see through story that resembled a bad harliquinne romance.... disappointing to say the least.

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  • shannon taub
  • 18-10-17

Not Great....

Loved Sister Sister- but this ones just so so. Didn't make me want to eat lunch in my car while listening (a common Audible occurrence) but mildly entertaining nonetheless.