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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  1,614 ratings  ·  164 reviews
Close To Me is a gripping debut psychological drama that will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty's bestselling The Husband's Secret, Clare Mackintosh's I Let You Go, and Linda Green's While My Eyes Were Closed.

She can't remember the last year. Her husband wants to keep it that way.

When Jo Harding falls down the stairs at home, she wakes up in hospital with partial amnesia-sh
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 27th 2017 by Wildfire (first published March 31st 2017)
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Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

After a fall down a flight of stairs, Jo is slowly regaining consciousness in a local hospital. Battered and bruised, she tries desperately to recall why she fell. Could her husband be to blame? She quickly realizes she has virtually no recollection of the fall itself or the entire year leading up to the fall. To make matters worse, her husband Rob and her two children are less than eager to fill in the blanks either. Why not? What don't they want her to remember?

The story-line is told from
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women’s fiction and chick lit readers
Jo and Rob have been married for twenty-four years and have two adult children. Jo doesn’t remember the last year of her life and the text goes back and forth between the past and the present, before and after Jo’s accident.

This was an okay read, but it didn’t fully hold my interest and my mind wandered a lot while reading this book. The suspense built to a climax that had me rolling my eyes, as it was reminiscent of other stories I’d already read this year.

You know those characters whose thou
Holly  B (semi-hiatus until Nov)

2.5 stars

Jo Harding has amnesia. She has been told by her husband Rob that she has fallen down the stairs. He keeps repeating this to her! As snippets of memory begin to come back, she questions the circumstances of her fall.

She is having flashbacks of a certain bedroom scene! Rob and her two adult children don't seem to want to fill in the blanks for her, but why?

Who is the man with the featureless face in her flashback? Was she having an affair? Why does she feel afraid of Rob?

While the stor
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jo Harding wakes up in a hospital with partial amnesia,she has lost a whole year of her life.She is informed that she fell down the stairs but she has no memory of what happened on that night.

Jo begins a frantic quest to unlock her lost memories and discover the truth gradually uncovering secrets that some people especially her husband Rob would prefer remained hidden,at the same time discovering thing about herself that make her start to wonder if she is the perfect wife and mother that she tho
Louise Wilson
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. When Jo Harding fell down the stairs at her home, she wakes up in hospital with partial amnesia. She can't remember anything that's happened in the last year and her husband wants to keep it that way. Was Jo having an affair? Lying to her family? Starting a new life's? She can't remember the night she fell.

This is a story of lies, secrets, families and betrayals. The chapters alternate between before and after the fall. The characters are believable but mostly they are unlikable. The
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Another amnesia trope, every character dangerously unlikeable.
I’m sorry to downmark, the authors writing is fine, but the storyline has been done so many times before and so much better.
Please stop writing all men as one-dimensional, evil, cheating, lying predators and all women as helpless, naive, wilfully ignorant victims, it does both sexes a huge disservice.
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm

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Really enjoyed Close To Me by Amanda Reynolds, wasn't sure what to expect this being a debut author but I certainly wasn't disappointed.
Close To Me tells the story of Jo Harding after she falls down stairs hitting her head and losing her memory of the past year.
On coming home things feel different and disjointed, Jo feels there is an undercurrent of deceit, secrets being kept from her by her husband and children and as she unravels th
Liz Barnsley
I quite liked Close To Me, read it fast, but I have to say these are all becoming a little bit samey.

That's not to say this was without its charms - I was engaged by the relationship between this couple, that had been married for years the dynamic when Jo loses a year of memory and begins to become aware that perhaps her marriage during that time became less than rock solid is intriguing and kept me turning the pages.

I liked the family drama portions much more than the mystery element (did she f
Joanne Robertson
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Now everyone knows I LOVE a dysfunctional family (rumours that this is because it shows my own family in a slightly better light are of course unfounded!!) so I was totally tempted by the blurb of Close To Me which seemed right up my street, with family secrets lying at the heart of this memory loss suspense.

I wasn’t sure if I would take to Jo but as we shared a name and are of a similar age I wanted to give her a chance. Jo is struggling after a fall has left her with amnesia, not a total memor
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
What would you do if you woke up after a fall and can't remember the last year of your life, find yourself apprehensive about a husband you think you love and everyone is tip toeing around you?

Traveling from the days after she wakes up from her accident, to the past year as she starts to remember... the author gives us a full on, in depth peek inside Jo's mind. She does a great job transversing in time as we get peeks into what everyone is hoping she won't remember. Her children seem different,
Apr 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
The idea for the plot is good: a memory loss is always intriguing and the story goes back and forth adding more tension to the drama.However, I had a hard time finishing this book and felt truly sad after reading it.

This is novel about a dysfunctional family whose members don't love each other the way they should. We don't really know why or if they ever had a good relationship except for in their holiday pictures. We only know that they seemingly ignore this fact and they keep on interacting w
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jo Harding wakes up on the way to the hospital in an ambulance. Everyone around her is telling her she fell down the stairs. The last thing Jo can remember is taking her son, Fin, to university with her husband, Rob. The problem is that was a year ago.

Jo has no recollection of what happened in the last year of her life. She can’t remember the night of her fall, but she has an overwhelming sense of dread and fear towards her husband. Rob seems to have convinced her children to not to mention wha
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
In this very well executed debut thriller, Jo Harding wakes from a head injury with no memory of the past year. Things have changed drastically with her husband and two adult children, and Jo wonders what they are keeping from her. This novel switches between two time periods. The first is the present with Jo slowly remembering parts of the last year. The second starts a year back telling her story from there forward. I thought Amanda Reynolds did a great job marching these two storylines toward ...more
Close to me is a suspenseful psychological thriller. The premise is intriguing: a woman (Jo) has brain injury after a fall down the stairs, losing her memory of the previous year prior to the fall. The structure of the novel is also intriguing: each chapter alternates between days after "the fall" and the months prior to "the fall" as Jo seeks to reclaim her memory. The trauma of the brain injury pales in comparison to the trauma of her life as she attempts to "remember". Close To Me Is a dark s ...more
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I love reading about a problem within a fictional married couple. After a fall down the stairs Jo has lost a year of her life. Her husband has given her a new mobile phone, as her other one got ruined in her fall. The conclusion Jo has come to is was she having an affair with a man before her fall and if so who is he? Without her old mobile phone Jo now has no way of finding out what happened before her fall. Although I liked this story a lot but I did however feel that situation was repeating i ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it

This was a quick & mysterious read! The story went differently than I expected for it to go, but I think that was the plan. If you like mysteries with unlikable / questionable / unreliable characters, this is 100% the book for you. Thank you so much to @quercus_usa for sending me an early copy of Close to Me!
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**RATING 4.5**

Instantly hooked, CLOSE TO ME by Amanda Reynolds threw me into the story and I didn't resurface until I had reached the end - and boy, what an ending!

In this story, we meet Jo who has fallen down the stairs and taken a nasty bang to the head. When she recovers the next day in hospital, she cannot remember what has happened to her or anything from the previous year. Worried, horrified, and anxious at this development she returns home under the watchful eye of her devoted husband. B
Apr 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
2.5 stars
This is a decent psychological thriller with a good story and good pacing.
Our protagonist Jo has had a fall which means she is unable to recall the last year of her life - we follow along with her as her memories slowly return and reveal all is not well with her husband and family.

What spoilt this for me was the childish and spoilt behaviour of Sasha especially (Jo's 'adult' daughter) and Jo herself. I mean they're just so self absorbed, weepy and whingey. Towards the end of the book t
Jo Harding fell down some stairs, and lost the memory of the past year. Her husband would prefer she not remember the last year, but Jo feels she needs to find out what has happened in her life and family.

An interesting psychological thriller. The book flipped between "before the fall" and "after the fall" chapters. The story was told from Jo's point of view, and I enjoyed discovering what had happened over the year along with Jo.

Jo was relatable. She and her husband had been married for over t
Ronnie Turner
Close to Me is hugely addictive. It’s a fabulously twisty novel that forces you to keep the pages turning. I loved the family dynamic - it was more their relationship that kept me glued to the book than the mystery. This story flows fluently across the pages, keeping us locked down tight in its grip, with surprise and shock marking off the moments to its conclusion.

Jo Harding is suffering with partial amnesia, which prevents her from remembering the last year of her life. She is told it was caus
Laura Rash
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One fast paced gripping mystery! Loved the alternating time periods which kept the story moving along. Until the last page I didn’t guess for sure what had happened. No book mark needed for this page turner!
Thanks to Quercus for this ARC in exchange for review:)
Warning! Make sure you have a clear few hours when you begin this book. I don't know about other readers but I do this thing, between all the other stuff I need to do, where I'll say "I'll read 50 pages then I'll hoover the bedroom" or "30 pages then I'll make dinner". I wouldn't get anything else done otherwise if I didn't set these limits.

So, when starting Close To Me a few days ago, while having a break from attempting to tame my overgrown garden, I gave myself 50 pages. Well, when I checked
Cassie-Traveling Sister-
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a slow burner for me. I slowly was introduced to each character and I was drawn into their lives. When Jo Harding fell down the steps at home, she wakes up groggy and sore and without a memory of the last year and her husband wants to keep it that way. The last few memories she has is dropping her son off at the university. Jo is having difficulties remembering the night she fell and what she does remember are bits and pieces she does know she keeps getting the feeling of fear towa ...more
Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
Thank you to Quercus USA for sending me an Arc of this book, in exchange of an honest review.

I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars.

I am not sure where I want to start with this review. I had a very hard time connecting with this book. I did enjoy it, but I had a very hard time connecting, or liking any of the characters. I also felt that the first 3/4 of the book read extremely slow. But the last 1/4 of the book I really enjoyed, I loved seeing how it all came together, and finding out what happen
Erin Dunn
Oct 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I tried to read this one a little while back and I couldn't get into it at all.
Janelle Janson
CLOSE TO ME by Amanda Reynolds -
Thank you so much to Quercus for my free advance copy - all opinions are my own.

“I have no frame of reference for what just happened and no idea what to do next. He’s my husband of twenty-four years; I thought I knew everything about him.”

My Review:

Let me just start by saying this book has a VERY slow start. It took me about 100 pages before I got sucked in but it was completely worth it. I was incredibly frustrated the entire time I was reading this novel but I
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: partner-read
Thanks to Quercus for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!

What would you do if you woke up and couldn't remember anything from the last year of your life? CLOSE TO ME by Amanda Reynolds follows Jo Harding as she struggles to find out what happened to her the night she fell as well has the year of memories she has lost.

We start off with Jo waking up in the hospital. She finds out she has partial amnesia from falling down the stairs. The last thing she can remember - dropping her so
Vicky-Leigh Sayer
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jo Harding is a good wife, with a loving husband, Rob and two grown up children, Sash and Fin.

When Jo finds herself at the bottom of the stairs, after a violent fall, the paramedics asking her endless questions, her only thought is that she doesn't want her husband near her. But why? He's trying to help? Isn't he?

The following morning, Jo realises that she has somehow forgotten all that has happened in the past year. Her Son hasn't just left for University, he has in fact left University early.
Jeanette Melton
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great first novel by this author. I truly enjoyed the way this was written, the past and present coming together in a climactic ending. Full of suspense and turns that keep you guessing until the end. I look forward to more books in the future.
Beth (bibliobeth)
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I got the opportunity to meet the lovely Amanda Reynolds in person at a Headline bloggers evening I went to recently where I also picked up a copy of her debut novel, Close To Me in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much to Wildfire Publishers (an imprint of Headline) for a copy and to Amanda for the wonderful chat we had that evening. Now, if you like your psychological thrillers, Close To Me is a novel you definitely shouldn't miss out on reading, it's a fantastic and tense tale th ...more
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Amanda Reynolds debut novel, Close To Me was published in 2017 by Wildfire (Headline) and Quercus US.

Close To Me was an Amazon Kindle bestseller.

Her second psychological suspense, Lying To You, published in 2018.

Her third book The Hidden Wife published July 2019

Amanda lives in the English countryside with her family.

She is currently writing her next book.

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