Closer Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
I know my daughter better than I know myself, and if there’s one thing I know for sure at this moment it's that Maisie is not okay.
My ex-husband, Shaun, and I are still friends. We would do anything for our beautiful little girl, Maisie. But now Shaun has moved in with Joanne, and suddenly Maisie has a brand-new family. And there’s something not quite right about it....
I know Joanne isn’t everything she says she is. Yet no-one will listen. I need to discover what she’s hiding. Because if I don’t, my daughter will be in terrible danger.
The most gripping psychological thriller you’ll listen to this year from the Kindle top five best-selling author K. L. Slater. If you love The Girl on the Train or Gone Girl, you’ll be absolutely hooked.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 18 minutes|
|Author||K. L . Slater|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 18, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #88,573 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#542 in Psychological Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,847 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,861 in Psychological Fiction (Books)
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This time around we have Emma and Shaun ending a strained marriage while their young daughter, Maisie, is conflicted between the two.
Shaun soon finds a sizzling new love in Joanne, a very high-end attorney who just happens to be Emma's new boss. Awkward.
It turns out that Joanne also has a prima donna daughter (Piper) about Maisie's age, whom Maisie detests. Imagine her shock and horror when she learns her father Shaun is moving in with Joanne and Piper! It literally sickens Maisie to be forced to spend time "as a family" with them.
Things quickly progress from bad to worse and both Maisie and her mom, Emma, are in danger both mentally and physically.
There are some intense moments in this captivating book, hence reading into the wee hours. I liked it very much, and I believe I've now read all of Ms. Slater's excellent books. I'm ready for the next one!
As good a read as "Closer" is, I gave it four stars instead of five for two reasons, well, three really. I never give away plot details so as not to spoil it for others so I'll dance around these issues as best I can.
The first one is a bit minor but also a bit unimaginative for this high caliber author. There's a point in the story where one of the characters needs to retrieve something from an attic. The character empties out his pants pockets first before goes to get it. That was just ludicrous to me. Why would he do that? Who empties their pockets to go to another part of the house? Of course, that provided another character opportunity to see and grab something needed to advance the plot. However, I thought that ploy was quite sloppy. Seems to me the item could've been accidentally dropped and unnoticed or some other scenario that would've made better sense. No big deal but just seemed "contrived" to me.
The second issue I had was a much bigger problem. There's a major mistake very near the end of the book. It was such a glaring error that I actually went back and reread a few previous pages farther back in the book to see if I was mistaken or if I'd missed something. No, I was right. Maybe other readers won't catch it but it stood out to me.
One other little thing that wasn't cleared up in the book was a reference to one character's past that supposedly caused her anxiety and emotional problems, perhaps even a breakdown, but that was never addressed. I was eager to learn what happened and how it fit into the current storyline. I thought I had it all figured out but apparently I was mistaken. (Unless that was somehow to tie into the error at the end but never made it. )
Regardless, I enjoyed "Closer" very much and highly recommend it. As is always the case with a K.L. Slater book, it won't end the way you think!
Again, thanks to the author for her superb writing skills, twists, turns, and surprise endings - all done without copious amounts of blood, guts, profanity, or graphic sex. Good job!
Okay, a perfectly good story, well written, I could relate to each character.
But in the end I feel manipulated, like I was brought along on this ride and then dumped. I think this author has done this before. Still I give four stars for the story. The ending is just not an ending. I think I won’t go along for the ride anymore.
This was a huge psychological thriller — the best I have read in quite some time! The story was told from several points of view, making for an intriguing read. I am so glad I set time aside to read CLOSER in its entirety because I honestly could not put it down once I started it. I could not turn the pages fast enough, I was so caught up in the suspense. Several times, I thought I had part of the story figured out, then something else would happen that would cause me to second-guess myself. I was wrong about who was the bully, that reveal blew my mind! I thought one of the characters was guilty for the reasons given and I was vindicated in that belief by the way the book ended (I just knew I was right about that character)!
This is the first book I have read by Ms. Slater, but it will not be my last — I have added all of her books to my reading list...
AfterThought: Some reviewers thought this book ended in a cliffhanger, but I thought that it was very clear...
The short flashbacks seemed thrown in and disjointed. In other words, the story lacked flow. I just didn't get immersed, and a good book should immerse the reader, ya know?
Granted, I gave up around halfway through, and then cheated and read the last few chapters just to see what all the fuss was about in regards to the ending.
I agree with the other reviewers who felt disgusted by the ending, though perhaps Not for the same reason. I dislike books that throw in a twist just for the sake of the twist. I don't think it's because I missed about a third of the book; it just didn't seem plausible that anyone would admit to something like that, under any circumstances.
Admittedly, I didn't read all of the book, but what does that say? I rarely give up on a book once I've gotten past the first couple of chapters, but this just didn't pull me in, and there are too many books that do to waste time on books that don't.
I wouldn't say the book is bad. It just wasn't great.
This utterly gripping, fast-paced story kept me glued from beginning to end. It is the tale of sins from the past coming back to haunt one woman(Emma), even though her actions were in fact morally correct. The repercussions this has on her family, in particular, her daughter is frightening and her world sinks just a little lower when her husband (Shaun) proclaims he’s leaving her, for her boss (Jo). With secrets of her own and a highly unlikeable daughter, Jo is not about to let some lowly paralegal (Emma) stand in the way of her happiness.
If you’re looking for a totally believable, modern-day page-turner, with an ending that'll leave you on the edge of your seat, this is for you. A full five stars!
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At first, Emma finds working for her husband’s new partner awkward but then decides to try to make it work. Besides, her career is finally going well, and she is reluctant to jeopardise it just to satisfy her pride. So, despite her reservations, she agrees to Shaun’s request for Maisie to spend time with him, and his new family.
Unfortunately, things do not go according to Shaun’s plans. Not only does Maisie fail to bond with Joanne and Piper, but whenever she returns from spending time with them, her behaviour is noticeably different. Having previously been a happy and bubbly child, she is withdrawn, secretive and obviously losing weight.
Knowing her daughter better than anyone, Emma is convinced something bad is happening to Maisie. However, when she suggests Joanne and Piper may be the cause, Shaun refuses to acknowledge the possibility, putting it down to Emma’s usual neurotic tendencies. Determined to get to the bottom of her child’s rapidly declining health, Emma takes matters into her own hands and starts to delve into Joanne’s background.
On the surface, ‘Closer’ appears to be a study of one couple’s relationship breakdown and the effect it ultimately has on their child. However, it soon becomes clear it is so much more than that.
With so many skeletons emerging from the cupboards of both women, the story soon becomes a personal struggle between Emma and Joanne. Although Joanne has money and influence and is used to getting her own way, Emma is a worthy adversary. Fuelled by her love for Maisie, she eventually uncovers the truth Joanne has tried so hard to keep hidden. Unfortunately, Emma’s own past has been waiting in the wings and eventually comes back to haunt her.
‘Closer’ is a cleverly constructed story that, right to the end, holds all its cards tightly to its chest. The almost gladiatorial struggle between the two women is both engaging and gripping. Emma is neurotic and determined, driven by love for her daughter, while Joanne is ruthless, clever and calculating, always expecting to be on the winning side. The story’s resolution is definitely a surprise, and the final scene will make your blood run cold.