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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!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
What did you like best about Closing In? What did you like least?
Best: Story had potential
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?
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I loved this story, especially the ending. The narrator makes the book a lovely listening experience.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
good read narration was comfortable to listen to. would recommend it for someone who likes a plot that is not too complicatef
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I wouldn't bother. parts made me wince at its predictably simple writing. I got very bored with the style. not clever at all. surprised it got published actually. though the story was quite good.