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The Closer I Get

by Paul Burston

Books of the Month Crime / Mystery Relationship Stories Thriller and Suspense

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Fabulously darker than dark, this psychological thriller hurls a firecracker into online relationships and stands watching, waiting for the fallout. Author Tom is somewhat addicted to social media, when one particular follower starts harassing him, Tom calls the police, but will a restraining order magic his problems away? The first few pages sent an icy shiver of foreboding coursing through me. Travelling immediately from that knowledge, to eight months previously set certain thoughts and questions quivering. I believe that you don’t have to like a character in a novel to love them, and for me that was the case here. Paul Burston has created fascinating, flawed characters and the more I got to know them, the further I was sucked into the story. Social media, judgement, victimisation, our social and personal responsibility for each other, all gather on the page waiting your thoughts. The Closer I Get is a fiercely provocative novel, and as well as being a boldly entertaining read, it really, really made me think.

Liz Robinson

The Closer I Get Synopsis

A compulsive, disturbingly relevant, twisty and powerful psychological, social-media thriller from the bestselling author of The Black Path.

Tom is a successful author, but he’s struggling to finish his novel. His main distraction is an online admirer, Evie, who simply won’t leave him alone. Evie is smart, well read and unstable; she lives with her father and her social-media friendships are not only her escape, but everything she has. When she’s hit with a restraining order, her world is turned upside down, and Tom is free to live his life again, to concentrate on writing. But things aren’t really adding up. For Tom is distracted but also addicted to his online relationships, and when they take a darker, more menacing turn, he feels powerless to change things. Because maybe he needs Evie more than he’s letting on. A compulsive, disturbingly relevant, twisty and powerful psychological thriller, The Closer I Get is also a searing commentary on the fragility and insincerity of online relationships, and the danger that can lurk just one ‘like’ away…

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ISBN: 9781912374786
Publication date: 11/07/2019
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912374786
Publication date: 11th July 2019
Author: Paul Burston
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Paperback
Genres: Books of the Month, Crime / Mystery, Relationship Stories, Thriller / Suspense,

About Paul Burston

Paul Burston is the bestselling author of Shameless, Lovers and Losers and Star People, as well as editor of several short story collections and non-fiction about the UK gay scene. He was gay correspondent for Time Out for many years and is the founder and host of the Polari LGBT Literary Salon at the Southbank Centre.   Author photo © Krystyna FitzGerald-Morris

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