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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  26 reviews
"The book is brilliant. It reads like a memoir and grips like great fiction should - beautiful characterization"
Viga Boland - Author - No Tears For My Father

Talented pianist Megan Youngblood has it all – fame, fortune and Gideon.

But Gideon isn’t good enough for Megan’s ambitious, manipulative mother, whose meddling has devastating repercussions for Megan and for those
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Kindle Edition, 383 pages
Published May 4th 2016 by Amazon Digital Services
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PattyMacDotComma
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A case of out of the frying pan into the fire . . . into the incinerator. Help! Where’s the fire extinguisher? Well-written and real.

Megan was a famous concert pianist with a controlling mother. Gideon was her childhood pal, best mate, and later boyfriend, who was never good enough for her mother. Megan is now in the Yews, a nursing home, mute and helpless after a stroke, but her mind is ticking over as quickly and incisively as ever. She can watch telly but can't change channels, volume, or
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Linda Strong
Megan's story is told in flashbacks beginning with her childhood to present day, where she is in a care home, following a stroke. She is trapped in her own body, unable to move, unable to speak.

As a child, her mother was abusive and manipulative. She drove her husband to suicide when she learned of his affair. She destroyed the other woman's reputation by accusing her of theft. Megan's saving grace was her music .. she played classical piano and was extremely talented.

Megan's first ever friend
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Judith Barrow
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing

It’s been quite a while since I read a book in one go but I couldn’t put this one down. Someone Close to Home sent me through a whole range of emotions; delight, sadness, anger, joy, frustration. And this is a debut novel! The writing style of Alex Craigie is sophisticated, emotive and empathetic.

The start of the story grabbed me straightaway: the image of the protagonist, Megan, watching “each minuscule judder of the hand (of the clock)”, her immobility and her thoughts on her childhood,
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Sarah
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Someone Close To Home has to be one of the most disturbing and distressing reads I have ever read.

The story flicks between Megan's past and to present day where she is currently in a care home after a stroke that leaves her immobile and unable to speak.

Growing up, the only good thing that Megan had in her life is Gideon. From their first day of meeting it has been a solid friendship that later on becomes to be so much more. Unfortunately for Megan, it almost seems like her life is not to be a
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Lainy
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Time taken to read - < 2 days

Pages - 383

Publisher - Ashford Carbonel Publishing

Source - Review copy

Blurb from Goodreads

"The book is brilliant. It reads like a memoir and grips like great fiction should - beautiful characterization"
Viga Boland - Author - No Tears For My Father

Talented pianist Megan Youngblood has it all – fame, fortune and Gideon.

But Gideon isn’t good enough for Megan’s ambitious, manipulative mother, whose meddling has devastating repercussions for Megan and for those
...more
Lel Budge
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Megan, once a famous pianist, but after a stroke she is now bed ridden in a care home. Many of the carers are lovely, friendly and really look after Megan, but others just treat her as an inconvenience. Then there’s Annie, a sadistic and cruel woman who is taking revenge for an event many, many years ago.

As Megan lies in bed, she only has her memories and the story is told in flashbacks to her past. Her mother was manipulative and controlling, but also fragile and lonely and lives vicariously
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Misfits farm
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoyed “Ove” or “Edward” or “The hundred year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared” then this book is for you. The story of a woman sitting helplessly in a care home remising about her life. She can’t move or speak at all and is totally reliant on the staff for everything- her personal care, food, water, temperature etc. Many see her as a job and not a human and don’t consider that inside she has an active brain and might be enjoying the film on TV as they switch it off. ...more
Lynn Mccarthy
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is Alex Craigies debut book and what a great book it is.
Megan has had a stroke and she is only 45 she is in a nursing home unable to speak but she knows what is going on, most of her carers are nice but one wants to torture her for her mothers sins.
The story goes between present day and Megans past.
Megans childhood was good until the day they saw her father embracing there cleaner Jenny then everything changed, her father died and her mother changed and took revenge on Jenny.The only
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Patricia Reding
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, reviews-rf
Reviewed for Readers’ Favorite.

Alex Craigie’s debut work, Someone Close to Home, opens eerily, as his subject’s eyes flick, flick, flick . . . Shortly, readers learn that Megan Youngblood, a world-renowned pianist, is hospitalized, unable to communicate. Without an ally to speak on her behalf, she suffers the unkindnesses—and in some situations, outright intentional infliction of harm—brought on by those in whose care her son and daughter left her. As Megan recalls scenes from her past, which
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Anne
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
This book was a real surprise – quite beautifully written, telling a compelling and disturbing story, with the most stunning characterisation. The book opens with Megan watching the clock, dreading what is to come, taking in her surroundings, and remembering the damage her mother did to her life. And from there, the story gently alternates – Megan looking back on significant moments through her life, and the present day in a care home where threat and danger steadily escalates.

Megan’s history is
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WordsAPlenty audiobookreviewer
Someone Close to Home by Alex Craigie is amazing! Megan Youngblood is a young girl with a domineering and manipulating mother who is seeking to climb the social ladder by any means. Megan is a talented pianist who grows her talent and becomes renowned, earning money and fame. All she needs is Gideon, but life takes a turn. We are given a front row seat to the emotional and physical roller coaster ride that is Megan’s life after a stroke places her in a nursing home at the hands of a vengeful and ...more
Judy Stambaugh
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent!

I really loved this book! A childhood love, foiled by a mother who wants money, rather than love for her daughter! Revenge is a care facility, how can this be stopped? Or can it be? Will love win out in the end? No spoilers here...read and enjoy! Will read more by this aurhoe!
Nicki Southwell
I am so thrilled that this book was sent to me as an ARC. Thank you to Booklover Catlady for this opportunity.

I was completely enthralled by this thriller. Megan has had a devastating stroke which affects her mobility and speech. She is only 45 years old and feels that life is over. What do you think about to pass the time??

Her endless struggle to be understood must have been immensely frustrating. Only a couple of people believe that she understands what is going on, the rest completely ignore
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Elisa
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy from the author and Booklover Catlady Publicity in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!
This book reminded me of Douglas Sirk's melodramas: a story that spans decades and follows the misadventures of a good person surrounded by mostly bad people. Megan Youngblood used to be a famous pianist, but now she can't even feed herself. Alternating between the present and the past, we are given little morsels of Megan's story. In her life, there was love and loss, joy
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Luis Perez
A reviewer wrote " Someone Close To Home has to be one of the most disturbing and distressing reads I have ever read" and I do agree 100%. I usually read thrillers/horror books so this isn't why I only give 2 stars. I don't want to give to much away so I'll be brief. My biggest issue is that Megan's character while very intelligent,comes across as extremely naive. Why does she take her mothers word about Gideon absolutely without any attempt to confirm or why she so completely trust in Jordan's ...more
Dawn
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Booklover Catlady Publicity and the author who provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book... but I also hated it. I wanted to stop reading several times, but couldn't. I found it upsetting, painful...
Alex Craigie has written a novel that hits hard - over and over again. The writing flows in such a way that you believe everything is real, everything has happened - and it probably has, to someone, somewhere, which makes it a very
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Barbara Tsipouras
This novel takes its time to build up momentum.

Megan, after her stroke unable to move or talk, leads us through her life with a dominant and manipulative mother and her even more abusive husband while telling us about the depressing life in the retirement home.
The situation in the home touched me more than Megan's past, probably because my mother is living in a retirement home.

I know most readers want a happy ending, but after all these depressing things, the end was just too convenient and
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Vicky
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow is all I can say. I couldn't put it down but I've never read a book before that has made me physically wince and cry out. As a nurse and being aware of recent abuse scandals I'm fully aware that this goes on in institutional care as well as behind so called happy families but it still stung yme to the core. An amazing first book by this author and will certainly be looking out for the next one.

Thanks to Catlady Booklover for a digital copy of this amazing but very emotionally disturbing
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ChillwithabookAWARD With
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Someone Close to Home by Alex Craigie has received a Chill with a Book Readers' Award.
www.chillwithabook.com

"A gripping emotional story that has you turning the pages with trepidation and at the same time wanting to step into the story in the hope you can change what is going on."

"What an enthralling story, so well thought through with the characters."

"Brilliant story. Kept the suspense building. Would certainly recommend it!"

Pauline Barclay
Founder of Chill with a Book Awards
Denise Murfitt
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous book, couldn't put it down. It's a wonderful insight into stroke and the story is gripping. It's a frightening look at what can happen in care homes, if you know someone in this position, keep a close eye on them! Can't wait for her next book.
Trish
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing

This is a book that should be read by everyone who has a loved one in a skilled nursing facility. It's a work of fiction, but gives wonderful insight into thoughts of those who can't communicate. I absolutely loved this book!!
Alfred Nobile
Review to follow on the blog tour x
Viga Boland
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Someone Close to Home by Alex Craigie grabs you on page one and doesn't let you go. What a marvellous read this is. The plot line covers many years in the topsy-turvy life of Megan Youngblood, who as a young child has only two ways to escape the hardship and unhappiness of having a domineering, manipulative mother who drives her dear husband to suicide. Megan suffers terribly after her father's death, but escapes her pain through her piano. She becomes a famous concert pianist. Her other escape ...more
Nancy Stark
Two thumbs up!

Rubs
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had mixed feelings reading this book, It has materialized what I’m afraid of. The fear of being tormented & mistreated and not being able to defend myself. Being fully awake & understand what’s happening around me with no communication means.
This is the story of Megan and the story has been recounted superbly.
So in the story Megan takes us into two different stages of her life. Her current experience living in “The Yews” after suffering a stroke that left her paralyzed and unable to
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Heather
Loved this book! Some of the themes portrayed were a bit strong for younger audiences but, I really enjoyed this book. In fact I stayed up till 4 am to finish it!
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Alex Craigie was ten when her first play was performed at school. It was in rhyming couplets and written in pencil in a book with imperial weights and measures printed on the back.

When her children were young, she wrote short stories for magazines before returning to the teaching job that she loved.

As an independent author, without a big publishing machine behind her, she is very grateful to all
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