‘Too Close’ is a psychological thriller that got me hooked from the very beginning. In fact, I’m going to give it 5 stars even though it’s not perfect (but as we all know, perfection is impossible to achieve).
Disclaimer: I’ve received an advanced reader copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
“I wonder where all our love went. It must be somewhere – in the bits-and-bobs drawer to the right of the sink, perhaps. One day someone is going to open that drawer and say, Oh! Look what I’ve found! A whole load of love!”
Who should read it? Pretty much everyone. Who doesn’t like a good thriller with real, flawed characters?
Would I recommend it? Yes!
It’s not that the plot is complex or out of ordinary. Much the opposite, everything about the story feels very real, and you’re instantly eager to know more as you turn page after page. The strongest point of the book is how the plot is unveiled. What could possibly have led Connie to the state she is now? You want answers, and the book gives you answers…slowly.
Wow, these were some pretty flawed characters! The way it’s written makes us feel really close to these people while terrible things go through their heads. It’s difficult to “like them”, but it is their flawed human nature that makes them more interesting.
The Writing Style
The best thing about this book was the writing style! Daniels did an amazing job with both Connie and Dr Emma’s points of view. Connie is raw, cold, and the shocking part is when you realize you can relate to some of her thoughts and views on life. It also does make us wonder how some events can lead to chaos and turn a life around. I had a hard time picking my favorite quote because there’s so much quotable food for thought!
Overall, ‘Too Close’ might not be innovative or unexpected but it was still my favorite read of 2018. The raw writing style deserves the extra points and a 5-star rating from me.