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  • Deliciously Creepy!

    I'm honestly not trying to be melodramatic, but before I write a review on Kelly Irvin's, Closer Than She Knows, I'm waiting for my hands to stop shaking and my heart rate to return to normal. Seriously! I knew Irvin could write great Amish books, but she can do eerie and creepy right along with the best of them! Max Kennedy is an impressive hero—a youth pastor who's been redeemed from a past enslaved by alcohol and drugs. He's determined to help his friend, court reporter Teagan O'Rourke, when an elusive serial killer starts leaving her chilling notes. The notes were mystifying and added a doubly sinister touch to the who-dun-it aspect of the story. Teagan wasn't a likeable heroine at first...but then who would be when being stalked by a crazed killer? She eventually grew on me, but I can't say I really felt any chemistry between her and Max. Until I did. Figure that one out. ;-) A lot of impeccable research went into this novel and I learned more about serial killers than I ever cared to know. (GULP) With non-stop, heart-pounding excitement, and plenty of twists and turns, I highly recommend this thrilling who-dun-it to every suspense lover. *I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Thomas Nelson via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

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  • An intense and emotional read

    I enjoyed reading this action packed book. The mystery and suspense was well done and there were plenty of twists and turns. However it was rather heavy going, especially in the first half, due to the serial killer subject matter and because the story line was so heavily focused on the case with very little downtime. It was interesting exploring about court reporters and the role that they play in the justice system. I however found that many of the internal dialogue 'transcripts' that Teagan "typed" were confusing and unnecessary for the advancement of the story. I liked that the characters were flawed and had real issues to work through. Teagan has determined that the world is full of evil and is no place to bring a child into and thus decides she can't pursue a romantic relationship. In the meantime Max loves her and wants to have a family with her. I enjoyed seeing how they worked out their issues and came to rely on Christ to guide them. I also appreciated the reminder that despite living in a fallen world, we are called to trust God and by His grace, live with joy and hope. I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

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  • A Lot of Twists and Turns

    If you want to enjoy a thrilling, riveting and suspenseful story about a serial killer that is holding the city of San Antonio, Texas hostage, this is the book for you! I haven't read anything by this author before so I didn't know what to expect but I really enjoyed her characters and her crafting of the drama that kept me wondering what was going to happen next! The heroine, Teagan, is a court reporter and I don't think I've ever read a book about that occupation before. It was very interesting! Her whole family is in law enforcement but she went a different route and now, when a serial killer starts targeting her, she is very glad that she can turn to her family! I can't imagine what it would be like to have a serial killer fixate on a person and start killing the people I'm involved with! The guilt alone would destroy a person! There's nothing you could do about it either! Teagan is beside herself, and for good reason! She wants this person stopped! Her best friend, Max, is always there to support her but he's been in love with her forever and he wants more. I certainly felt for Max and I kept hoping that he'd stick around until Teagan made up her mind about him! But he also wants to help her catch the killer, along with the police. So many possible suspects but not enough time - will they catch the killer? Check out the book!

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  • Twists and Turns Through Out!

    In Ms. Irvin’s latest suspense, be prepared for all of the twists and turns throughout this book! Readers will be on a fast-paced track to discover what and who is behind the crimes that are happening in this book. I have read her other suspense books and loved those just like this one! The main character, Teagan, is a court reporter who has seen and heard all types of criminal acts in the courtroom. At the beginning of this book, a young police officer is killed in her presence. Then, she realizes a serial killer is on the loose and has his/her sights on her. Along with her friend Max, they are in a race to discover the true killer. As readers read they will constantly encounter another twist as the plot thickens. This book is really good and once you start you won’t want to stop. I highly recommend this book! If you love Christian suspense books, then this is a book for you! ***I was given a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest opinion. Even though I received this copy free, this is my own opinion.

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  • Action packed from the start

    “Six pounds of pot, a .38 Special, and a by-the-book cop. Teagan O’Rourke rolled the words around in her head. They sounded like the opening lyrics of a classic rock-and-roll anthem instead of evidence in a murder trial.“ Opening lines of “Closer Than She Knows” by Kelly Irvin “Closer Than She Knows” by Kelly Irvin opens with an action-packed sequence and the pace keeps up from there. Court reporter, Teagan O’Rourke finds herself at the centre of a murder case and possibly the intended victim though she has no idea why. Her family are all police and descend to investigate and protect her but it’s her close friend Max who she leans into for emotional support. The two have the potential to be more but Teagan’s fear from past losses hold her back. I have read several murder mysteries in a row and perhaps it tipped the killer’s hand in this one, I worked it out before our leading characters but it didn’t detract hugely from the story. It’s full of twists, with every person in the small neighbourhood having behaved in a suspicious way at some point. There are quite a few deaths in this one before they work out who is behind it. Teagan and Max are easy to relate to and each has different issues which they are working through with God. Kelly handles these gently and insightfully, I enjoyed her approach. If you enjoy a good suspense novel, with a touch of a police procedural drama, this one is for you! It’s a four out of five on the enJOYment scale.

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