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    Very Interesting!

    Another twisty psychological thriller from Kerry Wilkinson! Very interesting premise where secrets and twists unfold throughout. racing to the final stunning end.
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    A good read

    This is such a good premise for a book. A young woman studies a photograph taken at a recent event and notices a face in the back that fills her with dread, it’s her ex-husband and the reason she’s so shocked is that he’s dead and she knows because...she killed him. What follows is a cracking read with chapters titled ‘now’ and ‘then” or ‘why’? And it definitely kept my interest, as, I couldn’t wait to see how things were unravelling. However, for me, the positives are slightly outweighed by how naive the lead character is in falling for her husband. This made much of the read very frustrating. Overall, a good read - 3* with a satisfying ending that I didn’t see coming. Thanks to Bookoutre, NetGalley and the author for the opportunity to preview.
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    A great read

    Having only discovered Kerry’s work this year, this is only the second book I have read of his and it is a beauty! Reading the blurb, it ticked all the boxes for me, but what really got my interest more than anything was the sentences “He didn’t disappear two years ago and he’s not a missing person. I know that for a fact because I’m the one who killed him” how good is that! I couldn’t wait to get stuck into it and when I did it was one hell of a read full of mystery, deceit, secrets and more twists and turns than a rollercoaster ride! Kerry has crafted a chilling plot that see’s main character Morgan’s life unravel when she see a photograph of a man that bears a striking resemblance to her ex husband David, who people believed has disappeared. Knowing that she killed him, two years ago, Morgan is at a loss as to how it’s even possible that he could be alive. But when strange things start happening that all can be related back to David, Morgan starts to question whether or not David was really dead the night she disposed of his body. Whether it was intentional or not, for me I did not like any of the characters in this book. I don’t mean this in a negative way at all as I think they have been perfectly written this way and are very believable in the roles they portray. Morgan as the unreliable narrator is such a complex character who is extremely cold. Circumstances should have made me warm to her but I really struggled to sympathise with her on many occasions. David was unlikeable right from the beginning and as the story progressed that feeling became stronger and stronger. Told through alternating chapters from the present to the past, the tension and suspense that Kerry creates that builds throughout the story could have moved at a quicker pace, but it is all worthwhile when you get to the big reveal. I really did not see how it all unfolds coming. Kerry definitely knows his stuff in this genre and has a gift of keeping the reader hanging on to every written word in the lead up to the conclusion. It has been a pleasure to read and review Close to You which I recommend. Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Kerry Wilkinson for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Close to You which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily
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    Psychological thriller

    Another psychological thriller from Kerry Wilkinson that starts with a great premise: you know your husband is dead because you killed him but now he seems to have reappeared. Unfortunately the main characters are not very sympathetic and you end up not caring too much about the outcome. The book is told in the ever popular switching between now and then format which I personally am getting a little tired of. Morgan receives a recent photo that has what looks like her husband David in the background. The story progresses at full speed in typical Kerry Wilkinson fashion and even though David died more than 3 years ago there are several sightings and supposed texts from him. Is someone trying to ruin Morgan’s life? I always enjoy reading books by Kerry Wilkinson but must admit I wasn’t that keen on this one which is probably due to the characters whom I had absolutely no interest in. Thanks to Bookouture/NetGalley for the free ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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    Suspenseful Domestic Disturbance

    He's dead. Dead. Morgan, more than anyone knows this for a fact, 100%. She killed her husband. She disposed of his body. He isn't missing like she's led everyone else to believe. She knows this and yet, two years later, it's as if he's suddenly reappeared. It's simply not possible, but there he is in the back of her 'personal trainer of the year' acceptance photo. David. This premise is exactly what led me to request and dive into, "Close to You" by Kerry Wilkinson. The cover art does well to bring the reader into the main character's persona; she's alone and staring into the lake, recalling the events that led to her husband's untimely demise. The suspense is real and you can feel it as you move through the pages, between what's happening now and why it happened. I've read works by this author before and loved them, fast-paced, twisty and suspenseful. However, for me, this read was a solid 4/5 stars. While the tension was certainly present, what didn't work for me was the pace of the first half of the book and the predictability and repetitiveness of the main character, Morgan Persephone. I found it hard to connect with her personality, for the most part. Morgan settles with David, when most everyone cautions against it, so as not to be alone. She then stays with him, despite his actions, because he's the only one who has ever 'believed' in her. During "The Why" Morgan becomes somewhat predictable. David lies, she forgives him. He showboats to gain the favor of those close to her, she shrugs it off. He follows her and hides in the bushes while she's training a client; when Morgan later confronts him about it he claims to have had a panic attack over their recent argument then proclaims his love and... she forgives him. She loves him too. He exaggerates his career field, she rationalizes his explanations. He lies about his whereabouts to cover his financial insecurities, she agrees to marry him. David goes so far as to 'fantasize' about having kids with Morgan, and she ends up considering the idea. Simultaneously as we journey through "The Now" sections of the book there's this sense of, "Yes, you killed him. Yes, we know. Yes, you got away with it." I did enjoy quite a few of the main characters' one-liners that were dispersed throughout the book though. Here are a few to give you a taste: "There's nothing quite like a good hypocrite."- chapter one. "In my experience, the moment anyone invites you to a party, you start thinking of ways to possibly get out of it." - chapter two. Those bits of internal humor combined with the anticipation of uncloaking the antagonist's identity were the defining parts of this story for me, it's what thrust the last half of the book into a true page-turner. Someone is clearly trying to mess with Morgan, but who? Could David really be back? What of his sister, this Yasmine character we heard so little about? Could David maybe have a secret twin? Could Morgan's best friend Jane have been somehow secretly involved with Morgan's dead husband? What about Jane's husband Ben? Morgan's new boyfriend Andy? Could they somehow have an invested interest in making her suffer? These are all thoughts that crossed my mind while reading. I'm not a believer in spoiling the ending, or revealing the twist at the end - but let's just say it was not at all what I was expecting but definitely worth the race to the finish line once it picked up! I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a suspenseful read, with an interest in marital drama and domestic disturbances. Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and the author Kerry Wilkinson for providing me with an advanced reader copy of this title in exchange for an honest review. #CloseToYou #KerryWilkinson #NetGalley
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