Close To Me is a gripping debut psychological drama that will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty’s bestselling The Husband’s Secret, Clare Mackintosh’s I Let You Go, and Linda Green’s While My Eyes Were Closed.
She can’t remember the last year. Her husband wants to keep it that way.
When Jo Harding falls down the stairs at home, she wakes up in hospital with partial amnesia-she’s lost a whole year of memories. A lot can happen in a year. Was Jo having an affair? Lying to her family? Starting a new life?
She can’t remember what she did-or what happened the night she fell. But she’s beginning to realise she might not be as good a wife and mother as she thought.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’m reviewing Close to Me, by Amanda Reynolds. I received this book through the Amazon Vine Programme. Here are my thoughts:
^^ Imagine if you knew you were having a bad year, and you could forget it all. It would be great, wouldn’t it? When Jo Harding falls downstairs and loses a whole year of memories she is desperate to get them back again, but as she unravels the mysteries of her life, all sorts of dramas unfold — much more than she ever expected.
^^ This is written in first person present, as is the style for many of these ‘domestic thrillers’. Each chapter starts with the number of days after the fall. There are also other chapters which flash back to the past as we find out how her life was before the fall. Eventually the past becomes the present, they meet, and we get the full story.
^^ I’ve read a lot of these domestic thrillers which flash back to the past and then back to the present again throughout the whole book. Some authors are better at it than others. It certainly takes some skill getting the past and present time-lines in the right order and to have it make sense in the end.
^^ In some ways I wasn’t so keen on the chapter flashbacks in this book, as it sometimes removed me from the story a little. It also had a slower start than I would have liked. I thought I’d also guessed straight away how it would end. I had, to a certain point. But then things changed, more happened, and I eventually realised I was racing through the book not wanting to put it down until I found out the truth on the final page.
^^ I loved the way Jo is the unreliable narrator due to her lack of memory, this made way for great character development. This is one of those books where I found myself egging her on to ask the ‘right’ questions and find out the truth. I also found myself becoming very suspicious of everyone, and at times, even her!
Overall: Amanda Reynolds certainly knows how to write a realistic, claustrophobic story full of drama, suspicion and hidden secrets, with a fast-paced ending that left me breathless!
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