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Publisher's Summary

She thinks she's escaped. She thinks she's safe....
Helen has had to leave everything she's ever known behind: her home, her family, even her own name.
Now, returning to the UK as Ellen Newman, she moves to a small coastal village, working as a nanny for Donovan, a criminal psychologist. Attractive, caring and protective, this single father and his sweet daughter are a world away from Ellen's brutal past.
But Ellen can't shake the feeling that something's wrong.
Strange incidents begin to plague her new family, and their house of calm is about to become one of suspicion and fear.
Who can be trusted? Who is the target? Who is closing in?
©2017 Sue Fortin (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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1 out of 5 stars
By Mariel on 06-23-17

Really sad a woman wrote this

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!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Laura on 06-06-17

A little disappointing...

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?

Probably not

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rebecca o. on 06-10-17

one of my faves

I loved this story, especially the ending. The narrator makes the book a lovely listening experience.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Crazymazy on 03-11-18

2* only because I think it could have been a good

There was so much missing from this Romantic Thriller. Disappointed that we didn't get more about the main character's backstory including more of the planning process and decision making- yes the odd bit was slipped in here and there but not enough so we could get to know her and what made her tick. The Romance seemed to spring out of nowhere even though you could see it coming. There wasn't enough of a build up for you to get why he didn't kick her and the grief she brought to his otherwise peaceful and orderly life out on her arse. The eight year old was babied- in one part she needed help to undo and do up her clothing. And most 8 year olds: engage in independent reading and perhaps read books to mum and dad. All the characters were very underdeveloped including Amanda, Toby and Carla. The end couldn't come soon enough for me. it was a shame cos it really could have been an excellent tale of love. Finally I really hated the narrator she made a cheesy read into to something quite cringey and hard to listen to. I will be avoiding this narrator rather than the author.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-08-17

soppy. not very well written but was read very wel

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.

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