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An unsettling and absorbing psychological thriller, set within a street that just seethes with the awareness of past events. Leah and Jake move to the basement flat of a large house, just as the owner, Anton, is released from prison 19 years after being convicted of murdering his wife in their home. As Anton and Leah tentatively move towards friendship, will the past come to haunt the present? This is a read that pounced from the very first page. The author combination really works for me, Paul Perry and Karen Gillece excel in balancing a believable plot with multifaceted characters, while ramping up the tension. Layer upon layer of delightfully chilling intrigue highlighted the unknown. Questions built up in my mind, ensuring I was successfully kept on tenterhooks throughout. Come A Little Closer is a properly riveting read, it crept into mind spaces I didn’t even know I had, and I just had to choose it as one of my Liz Robinson Picks of the Month.
Leah is in love. It should be the happiest summer of her life, but she can't help feeling lonely with Jake's attention divided between her, his ex-wife and his young son. As insomnia sets in, the walls of their new basement flat feel as if they're closing in around her.
Until she meets her upstairs neighbour, Anton, who has recently moved back in after a long absence from the street. He's a sympathetic ear when Jake can't be, and even though others on the street seem strangely hostile towards him, Leah soon comes to rely on Anton and their secret conversations in the night.
Leah has no idea that nineteen years before, Anton was convicted of killing his wife. A wife who looked a little bit like Leah. He has always said he didn't do it.
Is Leah his redemption? Or is she befriending a killer intent on luring her closer and closer?
Closing date: 06/09/2020
Perry is excellent at ratcheting up the tension at just the right moment, and the pages just keep turning at a rate of knots - Connaught Telegraph
One of the most richly satisfying psychological thrillers of the year, a book that hooks the reader from the first page - Irish Independent
Cleverly written. A tense domestic thriller that is full of surprises - Irish Mail on Sunday
Tense, unpredictable, blending a thriller with an intimate family story to produce a most compelling read -- John Boyne Unputdownable, leading to a stunning conclusion you won't see coming -- Michelle Richmond It's that most powerful thing, a beautifully written mystery driven by its exploration of the characters' innermost hearts -- Tana French Full of intrigue and incident and keeps us guessing until the very last page -- Liz Nugent Don't be surprised if you devour it in one sitting -- Crime Fiction Lovers Genuinely surprising - Guardian
Beautifully written, with just the right balance of teasing the reader with clues and hitting them with revelations -- Best Crime Fiction of 2015 - Telegraph
If you're a fan of menacing psychological thrillers that chill to the bone, this book is for you -- Sunday Independent Truly remarkable . . . Grips your heart from the first pages and simply never lets go -- Jeffery Deaver Stunning -- Simon Mayo Radio 2 Book Club Builds to an incredibly tense finale before delivering an amazing final twist - Sunday Mirror
Original and impressively contemporary with an excellent final twist - Daily Mail
A brilliant binge-read thriller with a real roller coaster of an ending - Heat
Like Gone Girl . . . it's the most gripping thing I've read for ages - Evening Standard
Publication date: 28/11/2019
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||28th November 2019|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Family Drama, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Thriller / suspense, Crime & mystery, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Karen Perry is the pseudonym for Paul Perry and Karen Gillece. Paul Perry is the author of a number of critically acclaimed books including The Drowning of the Saints, Goldsmith's Ghost, 108 Moons, The Orchid Keeper, and most recently The Last Falcon and Small Ordinance. A winner of The Hennessy New Irish Writer of The Year Award, he is a Lecturer in Creative Writing for Kingston University, London, Writer Fellow for University College Dublin and Course Director in Poetry for the Faber Academy in Dublin. Author photo © Edmund RossMore About Karen Perry