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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  235 ratings  ·  54 reviews
'A romantic suspense story in the tradition of Hitchcock which won the New Talent Award at the 2011 Festival of Romance.'

How close is too close? Dr Lia Thompson has swapped her native Norfolk for a life in America, but returns to sort out legal matters after her grandmother's death. Unprepared for the viciousness of village gossip, she's vulnerable to insinuations that her
Paperback, 369 pages
Published December 7th 2012 by Choc Lit (first published November 7th 2012)
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Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it


When Lia Thompson's grandmother dies, she returns to Norfolk, England to tie up legal matters and her late grandmother's estate. Having lived in Philadelphia, her return to Norfolk brings back dark memories and fears from childhood. Questions surrounding her grandmother's death and final weeks, have Lia wondering if her death may not have been by natural circumstances as believed.

Aidan Morrell, retired Navy diver lives and works on his farm in Norfolk, a part-time artist and full-time farme
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of Daphne du Maurier and Alfred Hitchcock movies
Recommended to Ian by: Jill
After the death of her grandmother, Lia returns to her childhood home to settle the estate. But as she is putting her grandmother's affairs in order she starts to suspect that her death was not an accident. As she investigates she grows closer to Aidan a former Navy clearance diver.

Aidan has his own agenda. He is determined to bring the Ministry of Defense to account for the death of his brother, but his methods could bring the law crashing down on him, and Lia soon realises he could well have
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This novel is romantic suspense at its best – tense, emotional and an edge of the seat read! It had me gripped from the very first page and I didn’t want to put it down until I’d reached the heart-stopping conclusion. A heroine with unresolved issues from the past and painful memories she’s been suppressing for years. A damaged hero with secrets he can’t reveal to anyone, least of all the woman he’s loved since his teens. Murder and acts of terrorism. Nosy neighbours and old resentments. Family ...more
Sorcha O'Dowd
*This review contains spoilers*

When Sarah Broadhurst from The Bookseller compared Henriette Gyland’s ‘Up Close’ to ‘Nora Robert’s territory’, I knew instantly that this was going to be a ‘must-read’, and when it was released on Kindle I spent a week umming and ahhing over whether I should download it or wait to buy the paperback. My self-restraint broke, and ‘Up Close’ was downloaded and devoured in the space of 24 hours. That is how fantastic this book is.

The book gets off to a thrilling start
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An absorbing mystery filled with clues that may, or may not, help the reader. Recommended.
Shaz Goodwin
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Up Close begins with intrigue … in the prologue we join a watcher outside the window – a watcher who is waiting for the old woman to die.

“Her evident shock registered, and for one long moment they simply stared at each other, spellbound, frozen in time, as memories of their unwilling bond flashed through both their minds.”

Hooked! Who is the watcher and what is the connection?

Chapter One begins with the reader experiencing Lia Thompson’s nightmare alongside her. She’s in her grandmother, Ivy’s h
Megan Readinginthesunshine
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was very keen to start reading this book, as everything about it intrigued me. The cover is fascinating, it’s eerie and spooky and hints at a mystery. This mystery deepens even more when the blurb is read, as it hints at secrets, a death that might not be all it seems, and a selection of characters that we might need to be wary of.

In Up Close, we meet Lia Thompson, a Doctor who has been living in the states with her fiancé Brett. When Lia’s grandmother Ivy dies suddenly, Lia returns to Norfolk
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Okay, this is definitely on of those books in which I wish, wish, WISH, I give reviews that are in between whole numbers. I really dithered between giving Up Close 2 or 3 stars, and would call this a solid 2.5.
Second, there are so many variables that go into rating. There is the quality of writing, plotting, meaningfulness, all that stuff. And then there is the personal preferences of the reader. So, since I have absolutely no interest in reading about the history of WWII, for example, a brillia
Diana Donnelly
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was really pleased to win this from Goodreads. I enjoy a mystery and this was a delightful page-turner. Written about England, I enjoyed the different words, e.g., boot for trunk. The main character, Lia, returns to her homeland after the death of her grandmother. Lia's mother, not wanting the estate and anything to do with the settlement, turns it all over to her. Lia is under the assumption that her grandmother died of a heart attack, but on further examination it appears she was poisoned. ...more
Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Not sure why but I found this a hard read. I think I just didn't really like any of the characters and as a result didn't care too much about what happened.

The writing was however good and it was quite dark and atmospheric.
Madison Vallance
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, it's full of mystery and keeps you guessing from the start! It's written beautiful and tells the story of love, trust, betrayal and mystery! ...more
Very enjoyable and nicely written 'mystery/romance'. ...more
Erica Olsen
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a gripping story of love, death, overcoming fear and mysteries. I liked it from the start and found it interesting the whole way through. It kept me guessing and I fell in any trap the author laid out. It was just the kind of read I needed right about now.
Denise Bonham
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another Brilliant book my this amazing author.
Full of murder romance and relationships between characters. Excellent.
June Jones
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great story, different, I enjoyed this book
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommend this book. it keeps you wondering. The end is surprising.
Jul 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Very glad I decided to read it.
Jul 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The author shows the serious side of loss and revenge as well as building a relationship and teaching children what is important.
Jul 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Really well done.
Jul 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Well written with intriguing use of current issues.
Oct 12, 2016 added it
An easy read but not very interesting.
Tara Chevrestt
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this one. I liked some of it and didn't like some of it, but at the same time, must give the author an extra point for uniqueness.

Quick summary: Lia's grandmother has passed away. She heads back to her England to settle the estate and it comes to light that someone may have murdered her grandmother. Was it her mother? Was it a stranger? In the background, there's an issue with bombs on military bases. Lia thinks she knows who is responsible. She meets a sexy artist an
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
The setting is deepest Norfolk with it's chilling winds, deserted fens. swirling fogs and close-knit communities. Dr Lia Thompson has arrived back to her roots; a cold, damp and unsettling old house that she must sort through after the sudden death of her grandmother. Lia has a new life, she is a successful A&E doctor in America, engaged to a high-flying lawyer and seemingly settled, it's difficult for her to have to start dealing with the memories that are evoked as she goes through her grandmo ...more
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Those clever people at Choc lit tapped into my psyche again and came up with a tempting and enthralling romantic psychological thriller that ticks all my boxes.

Lia Thomson has recently returned to the UK after having moved to the USA where she has a successful career as a doctor. Back in Norfolk, having recently inherited her grandmothers cottaage, where she was brought up, afterthe sudden and rather mysterious death of her Gran. Mysteries from both past and present begin to haunt her, memories
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it

A thrilling début novel from an author I had never read before or actually even heard of. Picked up the paperback in the library as I find the publishers Choc Lit often have titles in their catalogue that appeal to me. Thrillers are not my first choice of genre and I was initially put off by the fact that this is considered to be a romantic suspense story in the tradition of Hitchcock. However I like to read novels outside of my comfort zone and decided to give it a try. The suspense in the stor
Karen Mace
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you've got things you need to get done, then don't pick this book up!! Because once you do you will not want to put it down again until you find out how it all ends!! That has been my experience reading this book today and I loved every single minute of it!

The 2 main characters - Lia and Aiden - both went to school together but both led very different lives since. Lia was living in America, Aiden had stayed in Norfolk and it is only when Lia's grandmother passes away that she is drawn back an
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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If you’re looking for a good page-turner, Up Close is for you. Ms. Gyland wasted no time in getting to the suspense. I’m a big fan of romantic suspense and this one reminded me a lot of some of the older classics of the genre written by Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt. I loved the setting and the author did such a good job describing it that I felt like I was there watching the scenes take place. If you like suspense novels set in Engl
Dianna Rostad
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Up Close deftly probes the places we hide from ourselves and our past. Only the death of her grandmother brings Lia back home. Her seaside hometown of Norfolk is inhabited with friends she has grown out of and family she never understood. Combing the beach, Lia meets a guy she knew in college who is an expert diver. Lia is bothered by a recurring nightmare in which she drowns. Aidan offers to teach her to dive, and Lia accepts to conquer her phobia of being underwater.

They dance the line betwe
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book had characters that felt real. A lot of the time characters are made to have a "thing", their own shtick if you will, and then the author has a difficult time deviating from that thing for any reason. This book had that, in some ways, but it wasn't over the top or unrealistic. It was refreshing to read a story where the characters were realistic, because that allowed the story to have some freedom to go beyond normal.

This was a mystery that had my interest from chapter one. Many times
Robyn Koshel
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Up close starts out with a murder, observed by the killer- stalking its prey. From the prologue I was hooked. It is a taut suspense story that unfurled itself as you get deeper into all the secrets of the past. It isn’t just Lia’s past that is haunted, it is Aidan’s too.

Aidan and Lia rekindle their romance but Lia is unsure. As she digs deeper into the mystery she begins to doubt everyone. There is a feeling of tension as the book goes on, leading you up to the reveal. That is why I found it ve
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Henriette grew up in Northern Denmark but moved to England after she graduated from the University of Copenhagen. She wrote her first book when she was ten, a tale of two orphan sisters running away to Egypt fortunately to be adopted by a perfect family they meet on the Orient Express.
Between that first literary exploit and now, she has worked in the Danish civil service, for a travel agent, a co

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