The Closer I Get
A compulsive, disturbingly relevant, twisty and powerful psychological, social-media thriller from the bestselling author of The Black Path
’An intense, tightly calibrated thriller’ Huffington Post
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
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
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
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
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
After reading Paul’s last book, I thought he’s a good writer. After reading “The Closer I Get” I thought wow, he’s a great writer. Loved it. And I don’t say that lightly. The characters drew me in straight away and I had to keep reading, I just had to know who was who they said they were. I wasn’t disappointed.
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
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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
When she is taken to court by Tom, she is hit with a restraining order and her life is turned upside down. Tom on the other han ...more
Tom is a published author. His first book was incredibly successful but his second has bombed. Everyone is wondering if he's a one-hit wonder. But in amongst all those people is Evie, a fan who has become obsessed with him. Her infatuation has not yet turned into violence but she's harassing him online to the point that he has to get the police ...more
Tom Hunter is a successful author, he meets Evie at a book signing and she believes they have an instant rapport…….
She follows him on Twitter, he follows her…..this must mean they are kindred spirts…mustn’t it?
But, it gets out of hand, Evie gets abusive with homophobic and threatening tweets when Tom doesn’t respond to her and eventually, at his wits end, he reports this online harassment as a hate crime to the police. There’s a court case and Evie is found guilty…..Evie is put under a ...more
Novelist Tom Hunter is struggling to write his current novel. His first was a best seller, however, critics mauled his second leaving him distracted when it comes to his current work-in-progress. Instead of concentrating on his writing, he's procrastinating on social media, specifically on Twitter. An enthusiastic follower begins bombarding him with comments after he followed her bac ...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
This book had some interesting elements including the idea that writers are always bes ...more
This was certainly a solid read as far as thrillers go. Fatal Attraction meets social media, haha, I loved it. A little too plausible and creepy which is what made it such a good read. Tom is a man who likes flattery, it's a vice of his and it leads to him indulging an online friendship with Evie. [Please note that though I mentioned Fatal Attraction there is no romantic relations/relationship between Tom and Evie] It starts out innocently enough, but when ...more