This psychological thriller will have you hooked and keep you guessing!
“I know my daughter better than I know myself and if there’s one thing I know for sure at the moment: it’s that Maisie is not ok.
My ex-husband Shaun and I are still friends. We would do anything for our beautiful little girl, Maisie. But now Shaun has moved in with Joanne and suddenly, Maisie has a brand new family. And there’s something not quite right about it….I know Joanne isn’t everything she says she is. Yet no-one will listen.
I need to discover what she’s hiding. Because if I don’t, my daughter will be in terrible danger”
I loved this book! The story is told from various viewpoints, including Emma (in the main), Joanne, Val (Emma’s Mum) and Maisie. We’re taken through the break-up of Emma and Shaun, the discovery that he is seeing someone new and him moving in with Joanne. Then we get to learn about how they try to ‘integrate’ the two new families and about Maisie’s thoughts on her ‘new family’.
The story is exciting and unpredictable with a good few twists that are completely unexpected…….firstly – who is Joanne?! (I’m not giving anything away!). BUT……the twist at the end! It is truly unexpected! I thought I’d sussed things out about three quarters of the way through the book, but was then shocked to find out I was wrong!
This is written really well, and really made me ‘feel’ with the characters. I could feel Emma’s frustration, anger and sadness and was frustrated for her. Learning who Joanne is; who it is that Shaun has fallen in love with made me sympathise with Emma and want to give her a big hug! More importantly were the feelings of Maisie. Having young nieces and nephews, it really made me worry about her and her feelings. It really drew me in to the story and made me feel quite helpless.
There is quite an abrupt end to the book and I found that I still had a number of questions that hadn’t been answered. I’m sure the outstanding questions is a sign of a great thriller but it did leave me slightly frustrated. I really want to know what happens next, and to learn a little more about one of the characters (I can’t say who as don’t want to give anything away!).
Overall this is a fantastic read which you won’t want to put down. The characters and twists will keep you involved and the ending will have you in shock!
Closer is due for publishing on 24th October. I’d like to thank Netgalley and Bookouture for kindly gifting a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Are you looking forward to reading this book, or have you also reviewed it? I’d love to hear what you think!