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Too Close

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  2,640 ratings  ·  381 reviews
A haunting, edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller about a woman who has been institutionalized for a heinous crime, and the psychiatrist assigned to her case who must uncover the truth beneath the madness.

How close do you get before it’s too late…?

Working as a dedicated forensic psychiatrist for many years, Emma is not shocked so easily. Then she is assigned to work wit
Paperback, 313 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by Harper Paperbacks (first published November 24th 2018)
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Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I am conflicted.

This book had tons of snappy dialogue, snark and faves.

On the other hand, if I am going to wade through a lot of superfluous detail and dialogue by the time I get to the end it had better wow, and this was predictable and unsatisfying.
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Just imagine this. You wake up in a psychiatric facility (and it is not a posh star rehab one, mind you). You have no idea why you are there. You look in the mirror and you are shocked at your appearance. You have bald spots where your hair has been torn from your head, scars all over your body and your frame is nothing more than skeletal. How did you get in this state? You can't figure out why your family doesn't visit you and the staff members stare at you with a type of fascination as if look ...more
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is one hell of a read.

The blurb already tells us that something bad has happened. Something terrible.

And Connie is now in a psychiatric hospital being drugged up to the eyeballs remembering nothing.

But we get to know the character Connie and like her psychiatrist we learn there’s more depth to her.

But what about Ness.
Ness she met in the park one day, they clicked and became good friends. When Ness marriage breaks down its reasonable for her to turn to Connie isn’t it?
But Ness seems to be
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Where do I start with this review to give this great book all the justice it deserves!!

When Connie is in the park with her daughter Annie she meets Ness who is also with her daughter and they become instant friends. The 2 families become 1 and when Ness splits up with her partner Leah, she spends all of her time at Connie’s. But Connie starts to feel suffocated by her.

We know at the beginning that something bad has happened to Connie, as she is in a psychiatric unit with no memory of how she got
Nov 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too Close, Natalie Daniels's debut novel, is a tale of friendship, deceit, betrayal and mental illness and describing it as a thriller is inaccurate. That said, the author weaves an interesting yarn that was much more emotional and disturbing than is evident from the synopsis. However, the jumping back and forth between past and present with no prior warning has the potential to be confusing, although for me it worked like charm in ratcheting up the tension and creating a menacing atmosphere to ...more
Mandy White
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
This book really wasn't for me. It sounded like my kind of book from the blurb but it was not what I expected at all. All the female characters were unlikeable and annoying. The story dragged out and I really struggled with it. I was really looking forward reading it but was very disappointed and confused.

Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for the advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased
Julie Parks
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Meet your new perfect friend...almost MORE perfect than you. Is she really your friend or replacement? What can be worse, right?

This book is so twisty and devious in its plot that it's hard to comment on it not giving anything crucial away. It almost felt like more than one story in one book.

The thing I liked the most about this book was how atmospheric the house felt...the high ceilings, big rooms, long staircase...all the walls with all the things that have happened between them...all that bui
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Where to start with this one!
Frantic and Chaotic...I think that sums it up, also incredibly dark and ’raised eyes’ shocking at times!
Connie is in a psychiatric hospital and the story starts haphazardly throwing you in at various angles ie what’s her life like now? what was her life like before? why she is in there and intermingled with experts from
her daughters diary... add to this her psychotherapist Emma trying to get her to open up about things whilst herself having major issues.....its a tou
Adele Shea
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me gripped from start to finish. I have read over 150 books this year and this is most definitely in my top five.
This book highlights mental illness, how certain events in your life can send you down the road of self destruction. It also shows how you can become Too Close in a friendship.
Absolute brilliant read.
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Connie and Ness met in the park while their children played. As they talked, they realised they were neighbours. Perhaps it was only natural that they and their families would become entirely inseparable.
But when Ness’s marriage ends in a bitter divorce, she is suddenly at Connie’s house all the time. Connie doesn’t have a moment to herself, no time alone with her husband, not a second to chat to her kids.
It’s all too much. Something has to give.
Connie has woken up in a psychiatric hospital. The
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5* (rounded up to 4)

When we first meet Connie and Ness it is in the park where their children are playing and they realise that they live nearby to each other. We next encounter Connie in a psychiatric hospital with horrific injuries. What on earth has happened.

Recounted mainly in the first person by Connie together with chapters from the perspective of Dr Emma Robinson, her psychiatrist. Emma has been assigned to her in order to encourage Connie to remember what happened. This is an intriguin
*thank you to Netgalley, Natalie Daniels and Random House UK, Transworld Publishers from a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*


This is my first time DNFing a Netgalley/ARC book. But for personal/mental health reasons, I found this book to be too triggering to continue. I thank the author and publishing company for giving me a copy of this and do apologise. I will add that I love the cover though (the coffee cups version).
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say about this book which caused my head to spin, my brain to rattle in my skull trying to figure out what I feel?!!

The story of Connie was a total mind fuck. I felt sad at her betrayal, shocked at her actions and absolute anger, burning hot lava spewing out of me, against the man, the husband who was the root cause of evil, the philanderer. He escaped scot free, he got to eat his cake and have it too.

The book starts out as a thriller then gets a bit philosophical with the paragraphs
Elite Group
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best writing I have read in ages

Natalie Daniels is the pseudonym for Clara Salaman, an English actress well known for her roles in The Bill and EastEnders. If I could give more than 5 Stars I would. The quality of her writing is outstanding, and I could not put the book down. Her gritty, very moving account of a woman driven to the very brink of the precipice is so real and written with such humour that at times I laughed out loud.

Constance Mortenson is not your typical heroine, but in my eyes,
Rachel Hall
3.5 stars. The right triggers & wrong medication for a middle-class mother’s meltdown.. Scintillating prose, authentic dialogue.

Read the blurb for Natalie Daniels’s debut novel and you’d be forgiven for assuming it would be another of the endless stream of psychological thrillers exploring toxic female friendships and not really knowing your best-friend at all, but be warned, this is nothing of the sort. Too Close is instead an exploration of what happens when it has all gone wrong, life has imp
Susan Hampson
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The story revolves round Connie, from the day she met Ness in the park. They both had children that after a brief smartie war moment became best friends so it was enviable that they became friends too, then both families. In no time at all Connie became a little concerned, Ness took on the same hair style as her, then was wearing her favourite perfume. When Ness and her partner broke up she began to spend more time at Connie’s and Connie had, had enough. Then the story jumps to find Connie in a ...more
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one started slow, but builds in to this story you can't stop reading. The main character pulls on your sympathies as well as tweaks your "yikes, she is crazy" button. Very well done and the author is great at keeping you turning the pages. Definitely will be searching out more of her work
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. What did I just read? Although it was very, very dark at times it was full of black humour. You know how you shouldn’t be laughing at Villanelle in the TV series Killing Eve (not the book, that was pants) but you just can’t help yourself? Well, this was similar for me. I 😂 out loud on several occasions and I’m not convinced there wasn’t the odd unladylike snort. The central character is Connie who is in a mental hospital although you aren’t sure why to start with; you just know she’s done s ...more
Darcia Helle
I first want to address the marketing of this book. The publisher opted to label this as a "psychological thriller." It's not a thriller at all, and the overuse of that genre label has become problematic. "Thriller" sets certain expectations, which readers then bring with them into the story. The nonexistence of thriller content inevitably leads to disappointment. Too Close is slow-burning psychological suspense. This book is absolutely not a fast-paced thriller.

The story is dark, dramatic, and
Joanne Robertson
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes a cover really calls to you and this one, showing the everyday normality of two takeaway coffee cups, really did call to me from the first moment I saw it. As a psychological thriller, it also had all the elements within those pages that I love with a darkly atmospheric setting, well drawn and often unlikeable characters and a trail of subtly placed breadcrumbs that lead to a twisty finish!

Women’s friendships can be lifelong and often life SAVING when they work well but often they can
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, 2019
Apparently the author is a minor celebrity so I don't feel too bad about roasting this debut. There seems to be rule in publishing that if the author is famous enough, they don't have to do a lot of editing, even if it's sorely needed (see: Andy Weir, J.K. Rowling, Stephen King and his son Joe Hill). That is certainly the case here.

At its core, this book has a surprisingly well-written and insightful story of a woman losing her mind that is unfortunately encased in one of the most ABSURD and poo
So when your main character wakes up in a psychiatric hospital with a memory loss, you know that the box of unreliable narrator is ticked straight away. What ensued was a dark and twisted look at family life slowly crumbling beyond repair.

Oh Connie, how did you let it all go so wrong?

I didn’t know whether to believe Connie or not. There is a massive elephant in the proverbial as I read. What drove Connie to do what she did? Was she mentally unstable or a victim of circumstance which I was yet to
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The answer is yes. Two women can absolutely be too close. In fact, unless they are sleeping together, they should establish distance right away, distance is good, it gives one perspective and space. This proved to be surprisingly exciting. Exciting is generally what you would expect from a thriller, but there has been too many of too similar of these books lately to really go into reading them with high expectations. This book, though, absolutely delivered. It promised to be dark and really went ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ness and Connie came into each other’s lives 6 years ago. They met one afternoon in the park and they struck up a conversation. Connie and Ness have a lot in common: they both were writers, they both had two kids the same ages and they happened to live 4 houses down from each other. Ness had just moved into the neighborhood with her wife, Leah, and Connie figured her and her husband, Karl, could welcome them to the area.

The two families became intertwined. The kids became inseparable and the tw
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too Close wasn’t what I expected it to be. This isn’t a bad thing, because it is different to many other thrillers that I have read this year. It is crime fiction but it is approached differently. You see the thoughts of Connie who has been accused and judged by everybody. You also get to see what her psychiatrist is going through and I can understand fully why their friendship started. You also get to read Connie’s daughter Annie’s diary which added some humour to the narrative. Innocence is so ...more
Jan 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Its not often I abandon a book without finishing it but I just couldnt bear to waste any more time on this.

The main character is just so unlikeable and the story is just so slow and boring.

Thankfully it only cost me 99p.

Now onto something enjoyable
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book so much it is just stupid. I loved the story. I loved the characters. I loved the two narrators. I loved the mystery. I loved the solution of the mystery. I loved the speed at which the story developed. I just adored everything about this book. Sheer unadulterated perfection. The protagonist was entirely believable and utterly hilarious. The gentle hints were good at enticing you. There were occasionally twists in the plot, and I would have read it straight through had it not g ...more
This book was a real neck jerker. The back and forth between characters got a bit jumpy. Rounding up to 3.5 because most of the story was good.
Lucii Dixon
I feel awful for giving this book a 3 star when I really enjoyed it by the end, but some of the scenes were a little far-fetched, maybe even a little realistic. I also felt the story was unfinished. I mean, what Connie did was awful, yet by the end......?? Really? Also, I spent the majority of the books confused. Especially when it seemed to jump suddenly to different scenes before back tracking to before that scene. It was awfully confusing and I found it frustrating.

Apart from that, the story
Aileen Mckenzie
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a confession to make. I didn’t read the blurb properly, just scanned it quickly and assumed I was getting another run of the mill “frenemy” thriller. Not that I was unhappy about that, sometimes I enjoy something predictable yet enjoyable, however within a few pages of Too Close I realised I had something a bit different here, as we find main character Connie in a mental hospital, with no recollection of how or why she is there. We know she has committed a crime that has earned her the ti ...more
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