The Closer I Get
A compulsive, disturbingly relevant, twisty and powerful psychological, social-media thriller from the bestselling author of The Black Path
Tom is a successful author, but he’s struggling to finish his novel. His main distraction is an online admirer, Evie, who simply won’t leave him alone.
Evie is smart, well read and unstable; she lives with her father and her social-media
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Unusual for me to have trouble starting a review...there is so much to say on this book I dont know where to start!
This is a book about internet obsession, stalking, love from afar via social media that goes so so wrong and in so many ways
Tom is the ‘hunted’ successful author, Evie the ‘hunter’ and what seems a harmless admiration soon turns into a chaotic unbelievable nightmare...but this is 2019, it is believable and it happens, the story is about as relevant and ‘on point’ as you can get ...more
Slow and repetitive, I kept waiting for the thrilling action to happen. It started off okay, and I liked the threat of both narrator's being so unreliable, but it really dragged on! There was so much pointless description, the main characters were all unlikeable, and there just wasn't enough to keep me entertained. I didn't like the ending either.
The social media stalking was realistic though, and I do worry about that ...more
The Closer I Get is compulsive, dark and highly relevant to today’s society, the online world where likes, comments, shares, retweets, views and follower counts hold sway. The society where many measure their own self-worth not by who they are as a person but by the numbers of their online presence.
At times, we all wear masks whether we want to admit it or not, for some, it might be ...more
Evie Stokes is Tom's biggest fan. She's obsessed with him, and her obsession is causing problems for them both.
The story opens with a letter from Evie to Tom, headed up 'Day One'. After reading the letter, the reader is aware of how far her obsession has gone; she talks about seeing Tom tod ...more
Tom Hunter is a successful author but he’s struggling to finish his latest novel. An online fan, Evie, just will not leave him alone. When Evie is hit with a restraining order, Tom is able to live again and enjoy his freedom. Or is he? Because there is a lot more to this story than you might think.
I must admit, I’ve been ...more
To start with everything seems quite straight forward, Evie is obviously mentally unstable and her obsession with Tom is just that. Tom you can’t help but feel sorry for everything that he is going through. As the story goes further along though I started to get a few niggles about whether everything was ...more
You hear from both Evie and Tom as this flips back and forth between them both in alternating chapters and I questioned how reliable they both were the entire way through, it kept me on my toes for sure. At times they both come across as ...more
Author Tom Hunter has a stalker, identified as Evie Stokes. As the novel opens, the trial is in full swing as we meet the two adversaries.
Tom’s first novel was extremely successful, enabling him to buy a riverside apartment in Vauxhall, but he is struggling to complete the next book. His money has dribbled away, and he is in a ‘relationship’ now with Emma, a friendship with no sexual connection because he is gay. He is objective enough to realise that he ...more
Finished reading: July 11th 2019
"The whole online world is one big stalking exercise. If I'm guilty, then so are millions of others."
*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Anne Cater and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***
I admit it doesn't happen often, but every once in a while I come across a story that is able to blow me away in such a way that I find myself unable to put a coherent sentence on paper, let alone write a rev ...more
I am not sure if I have any new words to review this book that has not already been said but I can only but try. Have I already mentioned how excited I was about reading this book? It truly did not disappoint me, Paul got me hooked from the opening pages. I really did not want to put the book but I did not want to rush it, well mainly being ill hasn’t helped, but I wanted to savour every word on every page. I was enthralled with this story of Evie and Tom, Tom and Evie. This dark tale of obsessi ...more
This is Paul Burston’s latest novel published by Orenda and is exceptionally well written, pacy, scary and highly topical.
Tom Hunter is a successful author, his first book became a best seller and was made into a film starring Ryan Gosling. His second book didn’t quite get the same response from the public (in fact it was panned by th ...more
Tom is ...more
Ohhh boy,deception is most definitely the name of the game in this twisty, compelling tale of manipulation,deception,lies,obsession and the dangers of interacting with strangers on social media,especially when you are a well known person in the public domain.
The three main players in this disturbingly relevant thriller are Tom (the author) Emma (Tom's best friend) and Evie ( Tom's alleged stalker)
Tom's first novel was a bestseller ...more
Yikes! What an intensely dark read (see what I did there?!)
This is a story of Stalking, obsession, delusion, lies and deception and I loved every minute!
I find some of the scariest stories are the ones that can and do happen, The Closer I get is so relevant. The majority of use various social media platforms on a daily basis. I found this a really interesting premise, as a blogger the use of social media as a platform to ...more
Many people are on social media. Many post things that they wouldn’t say in real life, face to face. They get involved in disagreements that are best avoided, often using the hashtag. Some become stalkers. Evie is one of the few who do all ...more
Novels are not just about the storyline they are nothing without characters and Paul has created and crafted some wonderful characters with ...more