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Too Close For Comfort

3.22  ·  Rating details ·  514 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Mia Cosgrove is a high-flying psychotherapist with a thriving practice, but when she receives a desperate phone call from her oldest friend, Lysette, she puts her London life on hold to rush to her side. A friend of Lysette’s, Sarah, has plunged to her death from the top of a multi-storey car park, a text message on her phone next to her, simply saying ‘I’m sorry’ with a s ...more
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published September 22nd 2016 by Simon & Schuster UK
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I didn't find this story a page turner and I wouldn't rate it as a must buy, not like I normally do. ...more
Liz Barnsley
Too Close For Comfort was an intriguing and genuinely absorbing psychological drama (I don't want the say thriller because this is more considered than that) about a group of friends who are caught up in a whole lot of secrets and lies.

A possible suicide takes Mia Cosgrove to the small close knit community in which her best friend from childhood lives - Lysette is grieving and needs support - but Mia finds herself caught up in a group dynamic that is baffling and even possibly dangerous.

I like h
I found this a bit frustrating. I hated the whole 'my best friend' 'no she's my best friend' which I found hard to believe in a group on 30 something women. It was so bitchy too
But the story line was clever with plenty of twists and turns. I have to say the murder reveal you would blink and miss it, as I almost did! And the actual murderer was glossed over greatly, I thought
Mary Grand
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book,gripping and different.The amateur sleuth is a psychologist and there are some really interesting insights. Highly recommend
Feb 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book was a boring slog from start to finish. Frankly I am proud I even managed to finish it.
Rachel Gilbey
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mia Cosgrove is back, and is tackling a whole new case, although this time, arguably she perhaps shouldn't get herself involved in a professional capacity. She is a psychotherapist, who goes to Little Copping to support her best friend Lysette, after Lysette's other good friend Sarah appears to commit suicide.

However after being with her friend for not long, she senses, although she tries to ignore it, that there may be more to the story that meets the eyes, but it isn't until the police ask he
Kay Kur
Nov 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
I didn't like this book. I got this at a charity shop and upon reading the blurb, it got me hooked. However, I got one chapter in and I immediately regretted it... I gave it another chance and I found myself getting into the story on and off. The main character's consistent dialogues saying "Yeah, no", it got so annoying seeing her say the same thing over and over, also, over 100 pages in it was just the same thing about how Sarah was amazing blah blah and how she wouldn't have done that blah bl ...more
Tracy 'loopylarner' Larner-Brown
I have mixed feelings about this book as I couldn't put it down as I wanted to find out what really happened and I had the wrong person for most of the story, which is something I like! However, I did feel some parts of it were a bit long winded and the ending didn't satisfy me as much as I was hoping. I did like the protagonist, Mia though and how she fought for her oldest friend. Definitely read and cone to your own conclusion! ...more
J. Taylor
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Karen Norris
Whilst this book is not fast-paced or a page turner (for me anyhow), I did enjoy the twists and story.

It took me a few attempts at starting this book, it was written well, although I found some of the parts frustrating and school girl playground tactics of friendship.

Otherwise this is a good book.
Anne Robinson
I enjoyed the book and read it, more or less, in one go as I wanted to find out whodunnit! The characters were fairly unlikeable with a group of pretty unpleasant women at the centre. The plot was gripping enough for me, although a little confusing in places. I would have given the book four stars, but the author’s constant ominous predictions at the ends of chapters and sections became extremely irritating. This would put me right off reading any of her other books!
Kerri  Elizabeth
Jan 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
Not a page turner, didn’t leave me wanting more, to be honest I was a little bored with the story. I didn’t really connect with the characters and I feel the whole thing was just slightly flat for a thriller.
Hayley Fletcher
Annoying end to every chapter implying something dramatic will happen which then never does. Too many characters which are difficult to keep up with too.
TWs and CWs for: alcohol and substance abuse, sexual assault, implied domestic violence/abuse, rich people's entitled attitudes + subsequent manipulative behaviour, suicide (and death/homicide, but this is a suspense thriller after all). A strong moralising anti-drug thread throughout. (There are also some insensitive comments regarding children/(in)fertility and body image, but I don't note them in this review except for here.)


My first thought: Too confusing due to a cast of indistinct charac
Feb 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: crime, 2019
I don't know why I persevered with this until the end.

Well, I thought that there was a story within it, and I thought that if I got to the end, all the hints and clues would coalesce into a 'whodunnit'.

But no. There was a twist. I'm going to have to go spoiler alert (view spoiler)
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Having enjoyed some of Eleanor Moran's early novels I bought A Daughter's Secret hoping for more enjoyable reading. No, it was thoroughly awful. The main protagonist, psychotherapist Mia, 'works' with her patient, Gemma, 'work' being the operative word. If Moran gave this phrase to Mia once, she gave it a hundred times. It is worked in where ever possible, as if Moran had learnt this is an expression that would give Mia some gravitas as an expert. Unfortunately, Mia's behaviour undermines her de ...more
Laura Crosse
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Hmm... ok so this was a suspense thriller in its basest form but in more depth it was actually a detailed look at the ins and outs of a supposedly idyllic country village. I know some of this may seem far fetched with all the mummy’s taking drugs in the bathrooms and stuff but to be honest in this day and age I would be surprised if this didn’t go on in most areas. Not with everyone obviously but I think there’s always going to be drugs somewhere. And it may not be who you think taking them. Tha ...more
Mar 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: listened, terrible
I am currently listening to this book and doubt it will get past one star, if that. The reader is intent on giving everyone of these women a posh voice and boy is she using every upper crust London district she can muster.
There really is no actual story, it just goes from the narrator's quandries over every situation, her indecision, and her silly situation.
I would definitely not want to have her as my councillor or confidant. Eleanor MORAN has completely stuffed up her character in this one.
Linda Hepworth
May 01, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A friend recommended this book and, as I can usually rely on her recommendations, I persevered with it. However, within a very short time I found myself becoming irritated by most of the main characters (with friends like these, who needs enemies!) and the totally implausible plot. As a therapeutic counsellor myself, I was horrified by Mia's frequently unprofessional behaviour and found myself feeling outraged about all her regular clients who were neglected whilst she was faffing about in the t ...more
Jul 27, 2020 rated it liked it
This book follows Mia, who goes to help her friend after a suicide. Whilst there the police asks Mia to help with the investigation into the death in her role as a psychologist. Mia enters the world of Little Copping and it's residents, getting to know the politician and his wife, the school teachers, friends, and Max, the bereaved little boy. She starts to become unsure of the facts but gets tangled up with the press in the process and starts to mess up her own relationship with her fiancee, al ...more
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I've read by this author but it was recommended to me by a friend. It did seem a bit long winded but was a good story nevertheless. It didn't have me as hooked as I'd expected, but saying that I didn't see the twist coming. I was convinced I knew what had happened and who was involved - but I was wrong. Slightly annoying that one person got away with things though! Some things were not made clear. It seems strange that somebody apparently did it and confessed, yet there w ...more
It felt like this took an age to get through. Maybe my mind wasn’t in the right place but I struggled to keep up with the characters and what was happening.

The story was pretty linear with some diary entries that, I felt, didn’t give much more to the story. The hinted love triangle/former lover story wasn’t needed and just distracted from the main track. I was intrigued by the story and kept with it and I didn’t see the twist coming so I guess that was a good thing.
Katie Baker
Jan 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
I really didn't like this book but I had to keep reading it to find out what had happened. T didn't warm to any of the characters, the half finished sentences and almost revelations really annoyed me and the way people behaved was just bizarre. Not for me at all. Felt like telling the characters to stop being so silly and just ask the question or go home, not socialise with people they hated at every possible opportunity. ...more
Shirley Johnson
May 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
I found this book hard going due to the dithering of the characters in the story line. The story is based around Mia who is a psychotherapist who visits her friend after a tragic incident. What follows with the events didn't ring true, the friends and family members were weak and the hints at what they may or may not say to each other drove me mad!

Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Morans writing is intensely gripping, and the story which she unfolds in Little Copping plays testament to this. The only thing I didn't like, was the catch sentences at the end of every chapter, which I felt pushed foreshadowing to and unnecessary and nihilistic degree. ...more
Lucy Folan
Jan 14, 2017 rated it liked it
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Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually enjoyed this book. It really drew me in and I was dying to know what was going to happen. Which explains why I am a zombie at work today haha. I can see why some other people would say it is boring but I personally found it very compelling
Emma Harvey
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Very confusing read! A lot of characters were introduced at the start of the novel and it was difficult to keep up with who was who. However, I did like all of the personalities of the characters and how everything unfolded. And i liked the twist at the end, which I didn’t expect.
Sharon Jones
Sep 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Lynne Lyons
It didn’t fully engage me, I’m afraid. I stuck with it but didn’t find the story fully convincing. Had to concentrate really hard to distinguish characters from each other. The reveal of the murderer was so inconsequential, coming from nowhere, that I could easily have missed it!
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