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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  3,002 ratings  ·  324 reviews
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 J
Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published October 24th 2018 by Bookouture
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Susanne  Strong
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
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 Maisie has become angst ridden, withdrawn and suffers from rapid weight loss.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
Kylie D
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 p ...more
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
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 aro
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ho
Holly  B (semi-hiatus until Nov)


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 enjo
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
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 ech
Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
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
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
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, (view spoiler) 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 sec
Mandy White
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
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 b
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
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 tha
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 high
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ch
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 bo ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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,
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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
Angela Marsons
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 t ...more
The Cats’ Mother
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 pr
Julie (JuJu)
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers
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 Maisi
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 charac

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 S
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 simpl
Adele Shea
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 t
Carol Brett
Dec 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
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.
Oct 25, 2018 added it
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 ...more
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Only my second book by this author and yes, I know shame on me! But from now on, I won't let any of her stories slip through my fingers again.

Did I like the book? No. Did I love the book? No. Did I adore the book? YESSSSS!

It was one of those books that had that hand coming out of it on the first page to drag you in and not ready to release you until the last full stop. Who needs food or sleep when immersed in this kind of reading material?

This time I was sure I had figured out who was to blame.
Kat Dietrich

3.75 stars

Closer by K.L. Slater is a psychological thriller.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Synopsis:
Emma and Shaun are separated, but living in the same house so that their 10-year old daughter Maisie has some stability. With rules in place as to chores and babysitting, everything has been going fine. That is, of course, until Shaun starts da
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed K.L.Slater's previous books so I was looking forward to getting my teeth into this one & it didn't take long for me to read it as I wanted to know what happened.

Emma & Shaun have drifted apart. The only thing they have in common is their beautiful happy daughter Maisie. In order to keep things as 'normal' as possible they agree to end their marriage but stay together in the same house with Shaun sharing the household chores & the childcare. For Emma this starts off very well as sh
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