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I know my daughter better than I know myself and if there’s one thing I know for sure at this moment: it's that Maisie is not ok.

My ex-husband Shaun and I are still friends.
We would do anything for our beautiful little girl, Maisie.
But now Shaun has moved in with Joanne and suddenly, Maisie has a brand new family.
And there’s something not quite right about it…I know Joanne isn’t everything she says she is. Yet no-one will listen.
I need to discover what she’s hiding.
Because if I don’t, my daughter will be in terrible danger.

The most gripping psychological thriller you’ll read this year from the Kindle top five bestselling author K.L. Slater. If you love The Girl on the Train or Gone Girl, you’ll be absolutely hooked.

330 pages, Kindle Edition

First published October 24, 2018

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K.L. Slater

23 books3,054 followers
Kim is the number one bestselling author of sixteen psychological crime thrillers. She has sold over two million copies of her books worldwide. She has also written four Carnegie-nominated Young Adult novels as Kim Slater for Macmillan Children’s Books. Kim has an MA in Creative Writing and lives with her husband in a small Nottinghamshire village.

Publishers: Bookouture, Sphere, Grand Central, Audible
Agent: Camilla Bolton at Darley Anderson

Author website: www.KLSlaterAuthor.com
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1,159 reviews36.8k followers
October 10, 2018
3.75 Stars* (rounded up)

A Slow Burn with a Fiery Finish!

Emma knows that there is something wrong with her ten year daughter Maisie. If only her estranged husband Shawn, would listen! Unfortunately, he is too busy with his new girlfriend (and Emma’s boss) Joanne, to pay any attention. Sadly, it is their daughter Maisie who suffers. Maisie has become angst ridden, withdrawn and suffers from rapid weight loss.

Emma thinks Joanne and her daughter Piper are to blame. Maisie despises Piper and thinks she is a spoiled little brat. Shawn of course, thinks Piper and Joanne walk on water. Instead, he believes that there is something wrong with Emma. She’s anxious, fidgety and unable to sleep. Even her work is slipping (at least according to Joanne). Could it be? Is Emma the one with the problem? The one whose imagining everything?

Life turns on a dime doesn’t? One minute two people are madly in love and then next, he’s dating your boss. Ha, gotta love it! (I’m sure glad this didn’t happen to me, Gulp!). Only K.L. Slater could spin this in such an entertaining way!

“Closer” starts off building slowly, with the characters’ story gaining momentum with each chapter. Soon I was swiping my kindle as if my own life depended on it! K.L. Slater knows how to grab a reader’s attention and she sure got mine. When I got to the end, my eyes just about popped! This was one fun thriller that I recommend for those who like easy, enjoyable reads.

This was yet another fun-filled buddy read with Kaceey!

Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and K.L. Slater for a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Published on NetGalley and Goodreads on 10.10.18.
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464 reviews509 followers
August 28, 2019
I was excited to get a copy of this book, because I'd heard so many good things about it, but honestly it just didn't do it for me. I found it to be drawn out, setting the scene shouldn't take over half the book, and I found myself bored reading it. Yes it deals with some major, important issues and I can see where the author is trying to go. And yes it did have an interesting and unpredictable twist at the end, but by that stage I really wasn't interested. When I finally finished the book and put it down, my thoughts were "Thank goodness that's over." However other people have really loved and rated this book, so I'll leave it up to other readers to draw their own conclusions, it just wasn't for me.

2.5 stars rounded up.

My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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1,067 reviews3,613 followers
October 23, 2018
Shaun has made the decision to leave his loveless marriage to Emma and move on, leaving their dear daughter Maisie caught in the middle of all the pain and confusion

He’s fallen head over heels for a gorgeous single mother, Joanne. And she has a daughter about Maisie’s age. Fantastic! Well, hold on…
Joanne just happens to be the boss of his soon to be ex-wife. Ouch! And here’s the icing on the cake. Her daughter Piper is an obnoxious, spoiled brat that Maisie absolutely can’t stand to be around.
Sounds like the makings for a warm and fuzzy blended family... don’t you think?

This book started off somewhat slowly as the characters and story-line developed. But soon enough I was on edge, anxiously awaiting the directions this book was taking me - and no clue how this was going to stitch together! I just assumed it probably wasn’t going to turn out well for any of the characters involved!

Oh, and did I mentioned the show-stopping shocker of an ending!? I actually had to read it twice! The first time I just about dropped my kindle!

Well played K.L. slater! What a fantastic punch you delivered. I was lulled in, thinking you’d play it safe! Boy, did I call that wrong! Fantastic ending to an all-around great thriller!

A fun and thrilling buddy read with Susanne!

Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and K.L. Slater for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.
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2,019 reviews15.7k followers
October 28, 2018
This was a riveting and addictive read, that left my head spinning and my heart pounding.....

K.L. Slater that ending! That was pure torture! or pure genius!?!? Seriously! I’m still looking for the missing pages from my book, the ones that tie it all up neatly! Surely you cannot be that cruel? My mind is still reeling and my imagination is going crazy! Nicely played Miss Slater!

This book is a slow burn that ends in a blaze of glory.... Emma and Shaun are separated, but still living in the same house for the benefit of their daughter Maisie... that is until Shaun starts dating Joanne, who just so happens to be Emma‘s boss.... and if that wasn’t bad enough she’s also the mother of Piper a spoiled rotten brat who dances at the same studio as Maisie, and is definitely not Maisie’s favorite person.... at first Emma tries to put on a happy face for the benefit of her daughter... but, as she begins to see her daughter’s personality morph into a person she does not recognize she becomes very concerned... convinced that her daughter’s changed personality has something to do with Joanne and her brat daughter... Emma begins to look into Joanne’s mysterious passed....

A crazy, uncomfortable, mind blowing, and Page turning story full of unlikable characters... The only characters I liked in this book were Emma and Maisie.... Emma really did all she could to make this situation as tolerable as possible and my heart broke for her as she watched her daughter deteriorate... Maisie was such a sweet child I just wanted to reach through those pages and give her a big hug, what was done to her was unforgivable.... The rest of the characters were just plain despicable... with Shaun winning the prize for being the most despicable.... he was so blinded by love or lust or something that he couldn’t see what was going on with his daughter, instead he chose to believe that Emma was making things up... I really wanted to reach into the pages and shake him into reality, not sure what was up with him! Joanne and her daughter were just straight up obnoxious from the very first page....

This is one of those stories wear your pretty certain of who is the good guy and who is the bad guy, but not so fast.... as in all good psychological thrillers this book takes everything you think you know and turns it on its head.... A powerful story about a mother’s intuition and her determination to find out the truth... A thriller that slowly draws you in and then won’t let you go until the, very. final. word.

Absolutely recommend to all fans of the psychological thriller genre, this is one not to miss!

*** A huge thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***
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812 reviews1,866 followers
November 3, 2018


I'm a huge K.L. Slater fan and I wasn't about to miss her newest book. This one is clever and has a heart pounding ending that gave me pause.

It is a slow building domestic tale that has some really unlikable characters that made me cringe more than once.  This author has a way of keeping the reader guessing until the very end and this one was no different.

This one seemed a bit different from the others I've read and I was missing the faster pace, but still plenty of good twists to enjoy and yes, that end.
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1,110 reviews2,798 followers
October 24, 2018
Closer is the story of Emma, whose husband Shaun, instantly falls in love with her boss, Joanne, and moves in with her within two weeks. Emma and Shaun have been separated for months, despite the fact that they still live in the same house, due to wanting to make their separation easier on their ten year old daughter Maisie, and to allow them to share house and childcare duties. Once Shaun meets Joanne, he wants out of their unusual living arrangement, while Emma is also having to deal with a boss who is living with her not quite ex-husband.

This is the first book I've read by K. L. Slater. It's easy reading and I enjoyed the tension concerning Maisie and her emotional and physical health. Joanne also has a ten year old daughter, who is spoiled and mean, something that Maisie knew even before she started having to spend time with Shaun's new "family". One of the most frustrating parts of this big change in the life of Emma is that Maisie changes too, losing weight very quickly, losing interest in all the things she used to love, and being unwilling to discuss what is going on. Shaun seems very dense when it comes to the needs of his soon to be ex-wife and his daughter and Emma's mother is willing to defer to Shaun's version of stories before believing Emma's fears.

The beginning of the book, which I won't disclose, shows that the stakes are deadly high in this psychological thriller. Joanne, for all her stellar accomplishments at work, despite her perfect-ness in all areas of her life, is hiding a big secret. Joanne also is willing to buy or force her daughter's way into any social situation at the expense of any other child. Shaun is blind to all that is going on and because of a past nervous breakdown on the part of Emma, thinks any fears or concerns she has are a figment of her imagination.

My only gripe with the book is the way it ended abruptly. It just stopped, at a place that, to me, left us with the need for more information, more closure, more book. I do plan to read more of Slater's books in the future because I did enjoy this story a lot. Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for this ARC.
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1,970 reviews2,041 followers
November 22, 2018
EXCERPT: She knows it's her. She knows this before they even pull her tiny body out of the oily black water.

Dread squirms in her stomach and she wills herself not to vomit at the side of the quay.

Not here. Not in front of all these people.

Someone drapes a scratchy pale blue blanket around her shoulders. Someone else presses a plastic cup of hot tea into her hand. But neither kindness stops her from shaking.

There are concerned, hushed whispers all around. The sounds blend into one swishing echo in her ears, like dry leaves swirling against asphalt on a breezy autumn day.

She holds her breath against the ripe smell of the water, closes her eyes against the rawness of the hopeless dread that hangs above them all.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: I know my daughter better than I know myself and if there’s one thing I know for sure at this moment: it's that Maisie is not ok.

My ex-husband Shaun and I are still friends.
We would do anything for our beautiful little girl, Maisie.
But now Shaun has moved in with Joanne and suddenly, Maisie has a brand new family.
And there’s something not quite right about it…I know Joanne isn’t everything she says she is. Yet no-one will listen.
I need to discover what she’s hiding.
Because if I don’t, my daughter will be in terrible danger.

MY THOUGHTS: Closer, by K. L. Slater, starts at the end but still manages to give nothing away on its journey to the conclusion. By the end of the prologue, I was gripping the edge of the chair, my eyes sticking out on stalks, saying 'OMG!' over and over.

Both women in Shaun's life have secrets in their pasts, secrets they don't want revealed, secrets that could damage their present and their futures. Only one knows the other's secret, so it's a bit of one-sided warfare, cleverly disguised, of course, for some time. It's complicated. . . but not too complicated. It is intriguing. And clever. And a child is the pawn in this game of power that is a lot more twisted than the participants are aware. Very clever Ms Slater, very clever indeed. I never saw that coming, not for one millisecond!

And at the end, are we still really sure. . . ? Read it, and you'llsee what I mean.


THE AUTHOR: After years of trying to get published and never getting further than the slush pile, I went back to university at the age of 40 where I studied for an English & Creative Writing degree followed by an MA in Creative Writing.

Although I also worked full-time during the five years I studied at university, the courses gave me the time and space to try different writing and increased my confidence and belief in my writing. Before I graduated from my MA, I had secured representation with my agent, Clare Wallace, at the Darley Anderson Literacy, TV and Film Agency and had my first book deal.

My first adult psychological thriller for Bookouture is called ‘Safe with Me’ and it actually started life as my dissertation on my English & Creative Writing degree.

The creepy voice of Anna came to me strong and insistent . . . she wanted to be written, she wouldn’t go away.

I live in Nottingham with my husband, Mac. Between us we have three grown-up kids; my daughter, Francesca and Mac’s sons Nathan and Jake.

I also write multi-award winning YA fiction under the name Kim Slater.

(From author's website)

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Closer by K.L. Slater for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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January 10, 2020
3.5 stars

Closer starts off on the slow side for me and then picked up speed. There is some good tension here in the story that had me turning the pages and I read this one quite fast. I do enjoy K.L Slater's writing. A little high on drama, especially the teen drama and I might have turned those pages a little quicker than the others.

I recommend for an easy and fun read that will keep you entertained while keeping you guessing. Warning, there might be some drama eye-rolling going on!

I received a copy from NetGalley
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3,157 reviews1,516 followers
October 25, 2018
K.L. Slater is another author that is on my automatically grab list that I don’t bother waiting precious minutes reading a blurb. I’ve read most of her books already and have loved each so I figured Closer was a safe bet and obviously by my rating I was spot on in my assumption.

Closer is told from multiple points of view with most every character having a voice in the story including an unknown. Emma is the main character that the story revolves around, she and her husband have agreed that their marriage may has well be over but decided to stay living together for the sake of their daughter Maisie.

While the arrangement between Emma and her husband worked for a while it inevitably came to a halt when he began a new relationship, with Emma’s boss no less. After this new relationship came to light Emma could see her daughter becoming more and more depressed and points all the blame over to the new woman.

As usual with a book from this author I found myself pulled right into the story as soon as I began reading. It was quite intriguing watching the domestic drama unfold that then was slowly peppered with the psychological element of the book. With each turn of the page the suspicion grows as the secrets are uncovered until the final twist. Still a fan after this book and will be awaiting her next.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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1,073 reviews607 followers
November 1, 2018
3 Stars

I didn’t like any of the characters. And the story itself couldn’t hold my interest completely so I skipped and skimmed a lot but still the ending was unpredictable. My other issue was I didn’t know what to believe at the end, That bothers me, a lot! Told in multiple POV, both in 1st and 3rd person at a slow pace. It’s a standalone novel. It was my second read by this author and unfortunately, I don’t think her works are for me. Still, I have to say it was me and not the book, as you can see all the good reviews! The only things that I liked were the short chapters and the cover! Hope you enjoy it more than me.

Thanks to K.L. Slater, Netgalley and Bookouture for the advanced digital copy in exchange an honest review.
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2,029 reviews528 followers
October 12, 2018
Closer by KL Slater is a slow burn of a story but one that had me hooked and confused. The ending was both a surprise and a shock. There are some nasty characters in this story that is for sure. If you have every read any of this authors books then you will know that you need to read this book!

Emma and Shaun are still legally married but no longer together. They are staying in their home together for the sake of their 10 year old daughter Masie. But then Shaun meets Joanne - who is also Emma's boss - and they start dating. Masie does not like Joanne or her 10 year old daughter who bully her and make her feel fat. It keeps getting worse and her father Shaun refuses to believe it. Joanne and Emma are both hiding dark secrets.

Thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased.
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1,330 reviews5 followers
December 27, 2018
CLOSER is bestselling author K.L. Slater's seventh standalone twisted psychological thriller…and definitely another winner!

I know my daughter better than I know myself and if there’s one thing I know for sure at this moment: it's that Maisie is not ok.

Emma and Shaun have called “time” on their marriage, but still live together in Nottingham for the sake of their ten-year-old daughter, Maisie. This new arrangement, is to give each of them equal shares of time with Maisie. But Shaun isn’t pulling his weight, and Emma has work commitments she must handle.

Emma is a paralegal in the legal firm, hired by Joanne Dent to study for her law degree. Shaun is a freelance photographer.

But things get more complicated…Shaun ends up having a relationship and moves in with Emma’s boss, Joanne, a single mother with a daughter, Piper…Maisie’s age. Piper is a spoiled brat that Maisie can’t stand. A nice blended family now!

The story is told from different perspectives with each POV starting each chapter. This makes for steady buildup of tension and allows for development of each of the characters, without confusion. Having read most of her novels, I feel that this novel is her best to date. I thought I had everything figured out…but then everything changes and you are back to square one.

This book had a strong, suspenseful plot that had plenty of twists and turns. The reveal at the end was pretty surprising to me. What I liked about this novel, is that this psychological thriller, had you guessing all along, and the clues were only disclosed on a need-to-know-basis, grabbing my full attention to the very end. I must say I did not suspect the outcome, until the very end. K. L. Slater has the skill to make you look in one direction when she is leading you somewhere else completely. It is definitely a book that I will recommend to anyone who reading psychological thrillers.

Many thanks to Bookouture via NetGalley for my digital copy.
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2,614 reviews369 followers
October 19, 2018
I have most of Kim Slater's novels and I can honestly say that I always find them to be of a consistently high standard. Needless to say this is no exception.
This is not the fastest paced novel the author has written but the book is absorbing and builds to an exciting finish.
Emma and Shaun are still living together but no longer together as a couple. They decided to continue living in the family home for the sake of their 10 year old daughter Masie. But when Shaun meets Joanne all their plans change. Joanne is a single and just happens to be Emma's boss, she also has a 10 year old daughter named Piper who is not the nicest little girl in the world. Masie does not like either Joanne or Piper and Emma is convinced that Joanne is hiding dark secrets.
This book is full of interesting characters, many of which are not very pleasant but great entertainment.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Bookouture for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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488 reviews309 followers
October 16, 2018
I received a free e-copy of Closer by K.L. Slater from NetGalley for my honest review.

Emma and Shaun have decided that their marriage is over. They decide that they are going to live in the same house to raise their ten year old daughter, Maisie. Shaun ends up having a relationship with Emma's boss, Joanne, who also has a ten year old daughter named Piper. Piper is a spoiled and not very nice little girl.

Maisie is a happy go lucky child until she starts getting bullied about her weight. Maisie's behavior starts changing drastically along with the fact that she stops eating. Emma knows something is going on with Maisie but Maisie won't talk to her or anyone about it. Is it Piper who is bullying Maisie?

This book will keep you turning the pages through the night. Wonderfully twisted psychological thriller that had my emotions all over the place.
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746 reviews
September 28, 2018
Closer by K L Slater is a psychological thriller that keeps you guessing and I didn't predict the ending. This book had me hooked and I read it in one day. Plenty of red herrings and unlikeable characters to keep me reading.
Emma and her husband have agreed to an amicable split but that was before Emma found out that he has a new girlfriend who just happens to be Emma's boss. Emma's ten year old daughter Maisie is stuck in the middle of all this and it's taking is toll on her.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Bookouture for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

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2,785 reviews1,625 followers
October 23, 2018
Closer is bestselling author K.L. Slater's seventh standalone psychological thriller, but does it match up to the standard of the others? Yes, yes it does! In fact, it surpasses said standard. As Slater is one of my all-time favourite crime writers, I always tend to go into her books with a feeling of trepidation, however, after the first couple of pages, I knew it was going to be one helluva edge-of-your-seat nail-biter!

The characterisation is excellent - there are many characters that are highly unlikeable, but they are definitely the type of characters that a reader loves to hate. A well written, easy read, that grabbed me from the first pages, and I found I was reading faster an faster in order to find out each characters fate. Slater always manages to make me care deeply about the outcome for each of them which I feel is the sign of a masterful writer. Sher broaches some difficult topics here but does so sensitively. Of course, there are the customary shocks and surprises, with most being unexpected and unpredictable. The story is definitely more of a slow burner than a fast-paced affair but because of how action-packed it is and how it is structured this was never noticeable to me.

Told from different perspectives with each PoV getting their own chapter, it manages to avoid becoming confusing and convoluted as some multi-view stories do. If you have enjoyed Slater's previous novels then you'll enjoy this one too! For me, this moves to the very top of the pile in terms of the best of Slater's work, although you cannot go wrong with any of them if I'm honest! Kim Slater has once again proven that she's amongst the most skilled psychological thriller writers out there. With plenty of suspenseful moments, the tension builds over the course of the story, and the author lulls you into a false sense of security, making you feel as though you have it all figured out., then BAM, everything changes and you realise your predictions were so far away from the direction the author was really taking the story in! I loved that my ideas were completely blown out of the water by some massive surprises and misdirection!

Many thanks to Bookouture for an ARC. I was not required to post a review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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2,691 reviews170 followers
May 16, 2021
I’m catching up on the books I’ve missed from K L Slater.
I have to say this was a slow burn at the start but when it got its momentum it surely took off....

There are plenty of reviews that give out the gist of this story and whose who so I’m not adding to it incase you haven’t managed to read it yet.

My advice with any thriller type read, go into it blind. It’s much more enjoyable.

I’ve not read any of my bookish friends reviews until now AFTER I’ve read it.

The story is light to follow, then the intensity with the daughter gives you a lot of concern.

Every Mom worries about their children yet when you have perfect reason to, it’s intensified.

The ending was fab.
I say 3.75 stars rounded up to 4 for the ending.
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818 reviews418 followers
October 24, 2018
And the award for some of the most unlikeable and infuriating characters ever goes to …. well, pretty much everyone involved in this story except for ten year old Maisie. I dare you to read this and not feel incredibly sorry for her. I just wanted to wrap her up in great big bear hug and keep her safe from harm.

Emma and her husband are separated but still live in the same house for the benefit of their young daughter. Everything seems to be going well until Shaun falls in love with Emma’s boss, Joanne. Talk about making things complicated. But the person suffering the most in these new circumstances is ten year old Maisie. It becomes clear to Emma quite quickly that her daughter is not okay. But who’s responsible for the change in Maisie?

This is quite the slow burner. For the longest time, it felt as if little was actually happening when in fact, the scene is set perfectly for what is to come. With references to events from both Emma’s and Joanne’s past and flashback chapters by an unknown character, K.L. Slater kept me guessing until the end about how things were connected or how they would pan out. There are some incredibly dark secrets to unravel and the tension builds up slowly to quite the shocking conclusion.

Did I mention the unlikeable characters? Joanne irked me from the moment she was introduced to me. And let’s not even waste words on her dreadful daughter, Piper. However, the one I wanted to slap fiercely more than anything was Maisie’s father, Shaun. Either he’s ridiculously oblivious, blind or just stupid. I haven’t quite decided on that bit just yet. I do know he was utterly infuriating.

Full of suspense, this had me hooked from start to finish. Although I must admit it has left me with a few unanswered questions, making me think I missed something along the way. I’ve come to expect solid psychological thrillers from K.L. Slater and this one is no different. In a genre that’s often up and down, K.L. Slater manages to remain absolutely consistent!
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2,604 reviews170 followers
September 28, 2018
The story flicks between alternating characters, mainly from Emma's point of view but also some from Joanne, Emma's boss, and her daughter Maisie.

Emma, without a doubt I was on her side right from the start. Shaun I thought was a weak excuse of a man and it riled me up that he couldn't see what is happening to his daughter before his very eyes. Of all the people to also fall in love with, I had every sympathy for Emma having to try and deal with her boss being her ex's new partner. Especially as Joanne is yet another unlikable character and don't get me started on her spoilt brat of a kid, Piper!

There are definitely a couple of highly unlikable characters in this story which really made my blood boil. Maisie though is one who my heart broke for. We first meet her as a happy go lucky child with no worries to having the weight of the world on her shoulders. As with most children though, they don't want to talk to their parents and bottle it up inside. It was killing me seeing it eating away at her and also the physical and mental affect it was having.

Closer is truly gripping read that had me going through an array of emotions. I felt like I was ready to take on Rocky by the end of the book, as some of the characters really get under your skin, which shows what a great writer the author is to have that affect on their reader. From picking the book up, I knew I wasn't going anywhere until I had finished it and I didn't. I had to know how it was all going to conclude and boy that ending! I am still reeling the day after finishing the book. A gut clencher of a read that will leave you gasping.

My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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Author 37 books4,070 followers
October 13, 2018
I absolutely LOVED this book. It's fair to say I'm first in line when this author brings out a new psychological thriller and I devour them. This one was no exception and I would have to say is my new favourite of her books. From the very first page I was engaged and eager to know more. I already had questions to be answered. As I got to know Emma, Shaun, Jo and especially Maisie I found I couldn't put it down until I knew the final outcome. Some difficult subjects are covered in this book but they are explored sensitively, respectfully and knowledgeably. It broke my heart to watch ten year old Maisie's withdrawal following the break up of her parents marriage and there were characters I wanted to reach right into the story and strangle (Piper) which just shows the author's skill in forcing me to care so deeply about these characters. You will be intrigued, you will be captivated and you will be shocked in equal measure as this story hurtles along to the final, breathtaking conclusion. Totally recommended!
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825 reviews256 followers
March 15, 2023
This is not a book that I would consider being a suspenseful or psychological thriller.
The pace is very slow but, in my opinion, far from boring, and I was completely hooked on the storyline, which I thought was well developed.
This one is by far my favourite by this author (to date). It’s quite different from the ones that I have read (this is my 7th book, read in a row) and I thought that the writing was excellent.
The characters are all unlikeable, but that did not bother me.
This is a drama about the breaking of a family and the bad results that can afflict a child. Simply heartbreaking.
It’s an eye opener for parents. An appeal to pay attention to your children.
The conclusion, although rushed (and not to my satisfaction) was a surprising one, and I really did not see it coming.
Although there were a couple of unfinished matters (just like on all of the other books), hats off to the author.

Trigger warnings: bullying/body shaming that leads to eating disorder.

PS. Do 8 years old kids know how to surf the internet on their own? I have no idea, as I have no contact with kids.
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2,061 reviews131 followers
October 27, 2018
Closer is a tense psychological thriller set in Nottingham, which expertly plays with the reader's emotions. Two women, each with a troubled past, who will stop at nothing to ensure their daughters' happiness, no matter the cost.

Emma and Shaun's marriage is over, but they have agreed to continue living together for the sake of their 10 year old daughter Maisie, a happy girl who loves dancing. Unfortunately, however, Shaun has fallen in love with Joanne, who just happens to be Emma's boss at a prestigious legal firm, and is determined to make Maisie become friends with Joanne's spoiled brat Piper.
Her life unravelling, Emma has to watch helplessly as Maisie is ruthlessly bullied, becoming a shadow of her former bubbly self, but how can she stop it when everyone thinks she's losing her mind...?

Told from multiple POVs, this cleverly constructed novel shows how the same events can be interpreted so differently depending on your prejudices. None of the characters are at all likeable, from insecure scatty Emma, her emotionally distant mother Val, cool manipulative Joanne, selfish oblivious Shaun, and obnoxious little madam Piper. Even Maisie, who I had sympathy for of course, is not actually a nice child. Despite this, I was drawn in to the mystery of who was actually in the wrong, and blown away by the ending - well done Ms Slater, I did NOT see that coming!

Many thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for a voluntary honest review.
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613 reviews194 followers
October 1, 2018
A psychological thriller with a deviously-twisted ending! I’m a new Slater fan!

Emma is a paralegal with a new and demanding job. She’s excited to put in the extra hours, as long as her husband—Shaun—is willing to help her out at home. Emma has no doubts that Shaun loves their daughter—Maisie—but he’s never been very helpful with her care or the household chores.

Although they’ve decided to end their relationship as a married couple, they are trying an unconventional living situation...for Maisie’s sake. They’re living in the same house—in different bedrooms—and sharing parenting time and household chores. For Maisie’s benefit, they’ve even set aside a family day. It’s actually been working out well for Emma. Shaun has been spending more time with Maisie than he did when they were a couple, and doing his share of the household chores, which gives Emma time to devote to her career.

Just when Emma thinks this situation will work, Shaun becomes involved with another woman...but it’s not just any woman—it’s her bloody boss—Joanne!

“The twist is, my relationships with both Joanne and Shaun are key to my life. They both have a massive influence and I can’t afford to get on the wrong side of either of them. In other words, I’m between a rock and a hard place and I have no choice but to make the best of the situation.”

Five years ago, Joanne made a pact with herself. She wouldn’t begin a new relationship for at least ten years.

“Ten years was long enough to build a successful career, meaning she and her daughter would be financially secure. It was a work in progress, but she had every confidence her ten-year plan would soon be completed satisfactorily. It was a small price to pay to finally feel free. A small price to stop anyone who might be out to dig up dirt.”

Then Shaun came along, and the attraction was so strong she couldn’t help herself...even though he was married to one of her employees...and her ten-year plan wasn’t complete yet. Within weeks, the relationship was serious and Shaun moved in.

“She’d only felt attraction like this once before, and she was still in the process of trying to erase the devastating consequences of it from her life.”

Shaun was excited about his new life with Joanne and her daughter—Piper. Emma wasn’t as optimistic. She’s noticed changes in Maisie, and attributes it to Shaun’s new life and family. Maisie and Piper know each from dance class, but have never been friends. Piper is a spoiled diva, who is used to getting her way and being the center of attention. Maisie has become an outsider in her dad’s new family and it’s taking a toll on her.

Emma seems to be the only one taking Maisie’s issues seriously. She needs to figure out how to handle the situation, but she needs to think it through and be cautious...more cautious than last time.

Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC, in exchange for my honest review!
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5 reviews
December 24, 2018
There is nothing gripping about this book. I wouldn't even call it a psychological thriller. It is very slow moving, even boring, until the last few pages when the ending becomes clear, even though you could see most of it coming. It was too late to save the story for me, I had only continued to read due to all the 4-5 star reviews that mentioned how great the ending was. I found the ending to be exactly what I expected, except for the part that leaves you hanging with no closure.
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514 reviews33 followers
December 24, 2018
Emma and Shaun’s marriage might be over but they decide to live together for their daughter Maisie’s sake. The living arrangements though don’t last long as Shaun falls in love with Joanna who just happens to be Emma’s boss and above all Joanna has a daughter Piper who bullies Maisie. Seeing her daughter suffer Emma decides to delve deeper in Joanna’s past to uncover her dark secrets

KL Slater is soon becoming one of my favorite authors and this book like her others is full of interesting characters , twists and turns which all end in an unpredictable explosive ending . Eagerly awaiting her next book

I would like to thank Bookouture & NetGalley for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest and fair review.

This and more reviews at https://chloesbooksblog.wordpress.com
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843 reviews49 followers
October 20, 2018

Emma and husband Shaun were no longer a couple but still lived together under the same roof for the sake of their daughter ten year old Maisie. The arrangement was going well until Shaun started a relationship with Emma`s boss Joanne Dent.

After a whirlwind romance Shaun left to go and leave with Joanne and her daughter Piper who was also ten. Piper was a a spiteful little girl and a attention seeker. When Maisie visited Piper called Maisie fat and other nasty things out of the hearing range of Shaun. At dance school Piper turned all Maisies friends against her.

Within weeks Maisie stopped eating and became painfully thin. Emma tried to speak to Shaun about it but he dismissed her concerns and thought she was overreacting. To make matters worse worrying incidents were happening at home. First Emma`s bathroom window shattered, her tyres were slashed and her herb garden was destroyed. Then she received a note saying I'm watching you. When Maisie decided she no longer wanted to go to Joanne`s Flat, Shaun accused Emma of poisoning Maisie`s mind. Joanne then encouraged Shaun to obtain custody of Maisie.

When Emma asked Shaun about Piper`s real father he said Joanne found it painful to speak about. Convinced that Joanne was to blame Emma decided to dig into Joanne`s private life and discovered a disturbing incident.

The story was told from the POV of Emma, Joanne, Maisie and Emma`s Mum Val. The reader was also told the events at Emma`s last job which resulted in a colleagues suicide.

Closer is my first book by K L Slater I have not given five stars. This book was a slow burner and took a long time to get going. I felt so sorry for Maisie and I half wanted to make her eat and the other half wanting to wrap her in a hug. The characters were well drawn even though they were not nice. I disliked Shaun who was so wrapped up in his new life he refused to accept what was happening to Maisie. I also disliked Val who thought Emma was having a breakdown and was speaking to Shaun behind her back.

Once the story got going I could not put my Kindle down. The story had me on the edge of my seat, and I enjoyed the twist which I did not see coming. However in my opinion I thought the story ended too abruptly. There were certain aspects of the story which were not explained and I did not enjoy the cliff hanger ending.

With thanks to Netgalley and Bookoutre for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.
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1,401 reviews762 followers
October 10, 2018
Absolutely loved this one - my only "issue" was that all the other things I needed to do got in the way of finishing it in one sitting. Oh well - guess there's something to be said for anticipation making me wait.

Chapters switch back and forth among several characters, such as Emma, a paralegal with a talented 10-year-old daughter Maisie; Maisie herself; Emma's mum Val; and Joanne, an attorney and Emma's boss who's also the mother of 10-year-old Piper (the latter a selfish, nasty bully who simply doesn't understand the word "no" - probably because the little twit has never heard it).

Each character has some sort of past secret, as slowly revealed in the chapters. At issue in the beginning, though, is that Emma and her husband Shaun have given up on their marriage. They've come to an amicable exchange of responsibilities when it comes to Maisie, and they still live in their home (albeit in separate rooms). That worked fine until Shaun found the love of his new life - and whoops, it turns out to be Joanne.

The three adults seem to be dealing with the somewhat uncomfortable situation fairly well, but Maisie is particularly disturbed. Not only does she not understand what's really going on with her parents, she absolutely detests Piper; they go to the same dance classes where, needless to say, Piper is an prima donna extraordinaire. Then her dad moved in with Joanne, forcing Maisie into much more contact with Piper than she ever wants (honestly, I can't blame the kid; Piper is a totally obnoxious brat who could use a few good smacks upside the head). But every time Maisie tries to tell her dad or, God forbid, Piper's mum about the awful things Piper says and does, they defend Piper and tell Maisie to try harder.

Emma's mum does realize her daughter's discomfort - manifested both in personality and behavioral changes - but Maisie retreats within herself and won't open up to anyone. And Emma's attempts to warn Shaun that Piper (and perhaps Joanne) are putting Maisie in danger fall on eyes and ears that are blinded and deafened by his newfound one true love. So, Emma decides to do some digging for herself; but as she embarks on that journey, events of her past begin to haunt her, threatening a danger of a different sort.

Everything comes to a head near the end, with more than one major surprise and a cliffhanger ending that will curl your mustache even if you don't have one. Kudos to the author, and thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review an advance copy. Whew!
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483 reviews14 followers
October 22, 2018
Wow, what a book!! I was hooked from the start. Absolute brilliant read.
When Emma calls her marriage with Shaun a day, the last thing she expects is for him to find love straight away.
Shaun falls for Joanne, Emma's boss. Joanne has a daughter named Piper who is the same age as Emma and Shaun's daughter Maisie.
Emma's and Maisie's life as they know it goes from good to horrific. Bullying ensues and things start happening to Emma's house and car, which she needs to get to the bottom of before its too late.
Loved every page, especially the climax
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2,026 reviews254 followers
October 9, 2018

Finished reading: October 8th 2018

"Little did I know it was a portent of far worse to come."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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1,984 reviews84 followers
October 25, 2018
Ending a marriage, especially when you have a 10-year-old daughter, is difficult. It's hard to see your former spouse moving on, and moving IN with a new woman who has a daughter the same age. And even more so when your man's new love is YOUR BOSS. Emma is finding the separation difficult, even though she wanted it, but she is becoming increasingly concerned for the safety and welfare of her daughter, Maisie. Soon-to-be ex husband Shaun and Joanne are playing happy family with Piper now. So what does that mean for Maisie? Emma is absorbed in her job and making her own adjustments but eventually she does notice the changes in Maisie. But what can she DO to get Shaun to see what is obvious to her. Joanne and Piper are not good for Maisie. How will this end? NO SPOILERS.

Psychological thrillers tend to focus on a lot of internal angst, and this novel is no different. The characters often seem oblivious and either take action that most people would never attempt or they ignore huge red flags that scream out for immediate intervention. I can't say that I could relate to any of the characters or their behavior within the pages of this story, but I had enough questions about how everything was going to be resolved that I kept reading. There were several characters who I actually despised (can we say Emma's mom talking about her to Shaun behind her back?) and of course the villains because we were suspicious about them from the start anyway given the setup. There were some surprises and a twist but you know it's coming even if you don't know specifically what it is. I like to play a game with myself to see how far off I am as I sort of lay it all out mentally before I start a book. Even in its attempt to be shocking, the conclusion came as no surprise after all said and done. Sure it's set up to be ambiguous and some may feel let down without a concrete finale.

I think this book was meant to focus on mother-daughter relationships and a few other issues that I won't list out here in case some would consider naming them to be spoilers.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for this e-book ARC to read and review. I've read most of the books by this author and will continue to look for her new titles.
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