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The Closer I Get

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  40 reviews

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

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Published May 11th 2019 by ORENDA BOOKS
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Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

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
Louise Beech
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is unlike anything else I've read recently. Clever, tense, bang-on-the-moment, thrilling, and God, it makes you think about how social media invades our lives. Who are we online? Who are our followers? And most of all, who are those we know in the real world? A totally gripping thriller that I'll be thinking about for a long time. Highly recommend.
Kelly Van Damme
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would love to tell you that The Closer I Get is thought-provoking but that would be the understatement of the century. Good heavens, I cannot count the times I looked up from its pages to ponder its content, not on one hand, not on both hands, I’d probably need both feet as well. I mean, it’s a crazy thing, social media, isn’t it. I for one adore Twitter, I really do. I have found my people there. In the so-called real life, hardly anyone relates to my love for books, while on Twitter I have f ...more
S.E. Lynes
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been curious to read something by Paul Burston simply because he is such an active supporter of other writers both in his online activity and through the incredible LGBTQ literary salon, Polari, which I have had the privilege of attending a few times now. So it was with trepidation that I picked up a review copy of this book (I have also pre-ordered on kindle) because I so wanted it to be good. And, my goodness, was it ever. It was more than good, it was a treat. The themes of mutual obse ...more
Laura Rash
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After having finished this book I feel the need to immediately delete my Twitter app! Very timely on so many different subjects. Dark and mysterious until the very end which doesn’t go as I quite thought. Paul Burston has created a true original!
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tom Hunter's first novel was a huge success. A bestseller, adapted for Hollywood and praised widely by literary critics. He's struggling to write a second book and stares at the blank page, day in and day out.

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
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels-set-in-uk
Thriller set in SOUTH LONDON and HASTINGS

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
The Book Review Café
When I was young, many moons ago, trolls were cute plastic dolls with sticking up hair, and social media was unheard of it, fast forward a decade or three! and social media is something we’ve convinced ourselves we can’t do without. In someways I embrace social media but I have had always had reservations about the negative side of social media, the trolls, the vicious comments, it goes on and on. After reading The Closer I get by Paul Burston I find I’m even more paranoid about my own use of Tw ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by this author and I'm going to have to go and read his other books now. Well written and oh so tense, I thought the characters were so well portrayed I was lost in the story, increasingly horrified as events unfolded. It really is a compelling page-turner! And it could happen, that's the really scary thing about this story.
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I heard that Paul Burston was joining #TeamOrenda I was very excited. I had an inkling that this was going to be a brilliant pairing and boy was I right. From the moment I started to read The Closer I Get I knew I was in for a bumpy ride. This is, on the surface, the story of author, Tom, and stalker, Evie. Evie goes to a book signing. Tom is polite. Signs the book. Makes an off the cuff remark about their being soul mates ... Unleashes all manner of hell from there on in. From the very fir ...more
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a crazy ride!!!! Couldn't put this one down.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, now. If this doesn’t make you want to shut down all of your social media accounts and unplug your modern technology gadgets from now until eternity, I don’t know what will.

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
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I recently took this literary beauty to Scotland, amongst all family time I didn't get to greedily devour this dark and twisty thriller, but I got to snack on it one delicious bite at a time. That was until I couldn't take the teasing anymore and gulped the last third down during a five hour journey home, battling through the travel sickness. It was worth every tummy turn! The Closer I Get is a contemporary psychological thriller that will leave the reader stunned from how real the narrative is. ...more
Madeleine Black
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read by Paul Burston and loved it!! I was gripped from the very start right to the last page. It's a dark but compelling story of stalking and social media, which made me question who are my followers and how do I portray myself. It's also a story of how we should nurture our friendships and not let ego or pride get in the way.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
Loved the suspense in the story. Well written, kept my full interest until the end. Very believable plot.
S J Campbell
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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.
Zoé-lee O'farrell

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
The Closer I Get by Paul by Paul Burston is a unsettling story about one’s online presence and one’s obsession with it. As a blogger, the online world is somewhat a second home to us all. It’s where we present our best selves to build our platforms and our security. It’s unavoidable to the work we do, that we sometimes forget what is real and what is the internet. Follower counts and shares sway our perception of our self-worth to a point that it can affect our personal relationships.

Tom Hunter
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
O,what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive.

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
Juliet Bookliterati
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Closer I Get by Paul Burston is a psychological thriller that focuses on harassment by social media. Tom Hunter is an author whose first novel propelled him to huge heights and instant fame. Evie Stokes is a fan of his book and meets him at a book signing and connects on social media. What follows finds Evie handed a restraining order and a suspended sentence. Divided into two parts, the events leading up tp the trial and the trial itself, and part two is the aftermath of the trial and how P ...more
Clair Sharpe
Tom Hunter is a successful novelist – his first book was a major hit, his second not so much. Now he is being stalked by Evie, a young woman who he met at a book signing. Evie is well-read, clever but unstable. She lives with her father and her only interactions with the world appear to be through social media. She writes a blog and enjoys antagonising people on Twitter.
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
Joanne Robertson
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well that was an unexpected pleasure! But I should have known that this book would be a little gem of a read coming from the publishing phenomenon that is Orenda Books. There has been a huge buzz on social media, especially Twitter, about The Closer I Get so I was desperate to read it. And I wasn’t disappointed! I flew through it in a matter of hours, gripped by the contemporary and socially relevant narrative and mesmerised by two brilliant (if not always particularly likeable!) characters.

Nicola Smith
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Closer I Get is a book with a very topical theme, one of social media and how something that is mostly positive can become very negative very quickly.

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
Lel Budge
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anne-cater

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
Lynn (Ellesea Loves Reading)
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Oh, what a twisty, dark novel this is. A tale about the uglier side of social media when used by the wrong people!

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
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
From the very first page, I was well and truly hooked on this story. It alternates between Evie and Tom so we get inside the head of the stalker as well as the victim. What a place to be inside!

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
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poor author Tim Hunter has a stalker named Evie whom he met, as many of you authors do, at a book launch and on twitter. We get not just a well told thriller here with each chapter flowing into the next, but a little education thrown in on what its like to be an author, a gay single man, a gay older man, a psychotic with a mother who never should never have been a mother, but also the expectations of friendship.  In addition, it shows how psychological trauma can sometimes be worse than the trau ...more
Diane Dachota
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Story of a moderately successful London author named Tom, and his stalker Evie. Tom wrote one successful book which earned him a great deal of money. It also earned him many fans one of which was a woman named Evie. Evie is an aspiring novelist, caretaker of her father and someone who will not leave Tom alone. The novel is told mostly through the voice of Tom, with some chapters from Evie and Tom's friend Emma.

This book had some interesting elements including the idea that writers are always bes
Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader

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
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