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The Closer You Get

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  944 ratings  ·  200 reviews
They promised to tell their spouses they were leaving and then meet to begin their new life together. But he never shows up.

A new twisting novel of psychological suspense from the acclaimed author of Gone Without a Trace.

Coworkers Ruby and Harry are in love--but they're married to other people. They decide to tell their spouses that their marriages are over and to start th
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Paperback, 351 pages
Published April 21st 2020
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Dita
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dita by: Michelle
Hmmmm...

We're both married to other people but we need to be together forever and ever.

What could go wrong?

Only everything and it's awesome!
Chelsea Humphrey
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Berkley Publishing Group
I think we're all aware at this point that it's incredibly difficult to find a thriller that hasn't been done before, so when I pick up a suspense novel, I try to rate and review it based on the level of entertainment, and if my attention has been captured. During all the crazy pandemic updates we receive daily around the world, it's been difficult to focus on reading, yet this was a book that not only grabbed my interest, but kept me wanting to come back for more when I had to put it down. Bein ...more
Debra
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Oh, what tangled webs we weave....

Ruby and Harry are in love, they want a life together, happily ever after and all that.... except they are both married to other people. Other people that they must leave in order to be together. Sounds simple right? They come up with a day and a plan. They are going to tell their spouses they are leaving and meet at a hotel. But Harry never shows up. Then Ruby's life blows up.

Ruby loses everything, her job, Harry isn't answering her calls and her soon to be ex-
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Deanna
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2020
My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...

Thirty-six-year-old, Ruby is waiting for her husband, Tom to come home from work. She has something important to tell him and she’s not sure how he’s going to take it. She knows that once she has said what she needs to say, there's no going back.

Finally, Tom arrives home and Ruby has the conversation she’s been dreading. It actually goes much better than she expected. She feels as though a huge weight has been taken off of
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Michelle
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
Ruby is married to Tom in what could only be described as a loveless marriage. While he's not a violent man he has a razor sharp tongue that can slice right through her very heart and soul. She is made to feel worthless on the best of days.

When a new job opportunity arrives Ruby is thrilled to accept the offer and to be out from under her husbands thumb. Ruby is even more thrilled when she meets her new very handsome and very married boss, Harry. He is everything she could ever want in a man an
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another one sit, unputdownable, soft, entertaining, a little predictable but still intriguing reading!

Meet with our two married characters who are not so happy with their lives: heroine suffocates because of controlling manners of her husband, the hero doesn’t love his wife anymore, meet at the workplace, fall for each other and decide to leave their spouses but then… nothing goes as they planned. See! It’s tempting, sexy, fast pacing story with so much lies, betrayal, surprises and the best th
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ruby and Harry work together and are so in love, but married to other people…

They each decide they are leaving their spouses, and they’ll begin their new life together. Ruby leaves first, and she’s waiting at the hotel for Harry, but he never shows. He also won’t take her calls, and she loses her job.

She never hears from Harry, but someone is stalking her. Ruby is in danger.

This was so much fun, pure entertainment, and a great distraction. It was compulsively readable which made it fun. There’s
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Ceecee
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up.
Ruby leaves her controlling husband Tom to start a new life with Harry who is also her boss. They arranged a time to tell their respective spouses and will then meet in a hotel to start their new life together. Ruby duly tells Tom, leaves but Harry doesn’t turn up. What’s going on? She spends a restless weekend and tries desperately to contact Harry but no joy. She turns up to work on the Monday morning to discover she’s been fired and that Harry is on holiday with his wife
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Bridgett
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
The Closer You Get was my first Mary Torjussen novel, and I was quite impressed.

She has an easy, natural style which was so easy to read. I was sucked into the story from page one. It's a novel you can sit and read all the way through, without stopping, which I love. It makes getting through all these ARCs, in a reasonable amount of time, so much easier.

The story itself was fairly predictable, yet I do think the red herrings were decent. The characters, none of which were exactly likable, were v
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Michael David
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ruby works as a PA for Harry. They’re in love. The only problem is, both of them are married. They decide to leave their spouses and start a life together. Everything is planned intricately...down to telling their spouses at the same time. After Ruby lets her husband, Tom, know she’s leaving, she heads to the hotel where she is supposed to meet Harry. Only, he never shows. He doesn’t respond to her messages, she’s fired from her job, and she has nowhere to live.

That’s all I’ll say about the plo
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Diana • Book of Secrets
(4.5 Stars) THE CLOSER YOU GET is a wonderfully tense and twisted domestic thriller that had me on edge from the start. This tale of a workplace affair gone wrong is told from the POVs of Emma and Ruby, the wronged wife and the “other woman.” Of course, as it turns out there’s more going on than meets the eye! I enjoyed getting the perspective of both of these flawed and compelling women.

This was a gripping and entertaining read that had my stomach in nervous knots several times. The tangled we
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Berit☀️✨
Tense and addictive. Mary Torjussen has written a captivating and engaging thriller. Ruby and Harry are in love they want to spend the rest of their lives together and live happily ever after. Sound sweet, right? Well not so fast, you see Ruby and Harry are married to other people. And in order to get their “happily ever after“ they need to leave their spouses and that is just what they plan to do. That is until... they don’t. Well at least Harry doesn’t, and he fails to tell Ruby that he has ch ...more
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Ruby is married and having an affair with her boss, Harry. They keep this secret arrangement for a year until they both decide to leave their spouses. Together, they select a date and location to begin their new lives. When that day arrives, Ruby goes to their hotel but Harry never shows up.

Harry is not answering her phone calls and Ruby begins to panic. She no longer has a home and money is dwindling after losing her job. Tom is surprisingly understanding with kind words and offers her money .
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Erin (from Long Island, NY)
(4.5 rounded up!) What fun!😈 This is EXACTLY what I’m looking for when I pick up a “twisty” psychological thriller! Lots of holy crap moments but even in between the pacing was perfect- it never lagged.. The characters were not at all 1 dimensional (as far as simply “good” or “bad”)- it’s told from 2 pov’s & both are just as interesting as the other.. I couldn’t put it down- & I really enjoyed the ending! This was totally what I needed right now!😁 ...more
Lou
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Closer You Get is Mary Torjussen’s third psychological thriller and a solid and addictive piece of suspense fiction right from the off. Personal assistant Ruby Dean and her boss Harry Sheridan decide to leave their marriages to begin a new life together after an eighteen-month long affair. Ruby is relieved having been plucking up the courage to leave her emotionally abusive husband, Tom, for a while. So she informs Tom that it’s over between them and off she trots. However, Harry never arriv ...more
Susan
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m a sucker for dysfunctional relationships so I really enjoyed this story!

Ruby is devastated after being ghosted by her married affair partner. She left her husband at his urging but then he stayed with his wife Emma. She’s shocked at the unexpected turn of events - this was NOT the plan - what happened and why won’t he return her calls?

Told in the first person from both Emma’s and Ruby’s points of view, there’s more to both women and their marriages as the story unfolds. They both undergo pe
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Tammy
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2020
Entertaining and scandalous!
Buckle up. Mary Torjussen has written a fabulous domestic suspense/thriller that will take you on one-heck-of-a-crazy-ride with her female narrators Ruby Dean and Emma Sheridan. Their lives, their husbands lives, their marriages, are forever changed when Ruby tells her egotistical, emotionally abusive husband Tom “it’s over,” and moves out.
Ruby had been having an affair with her boss Harry Sheridan for 18-months. She was to meet up with him to start a new life. He wa
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Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
What a twisted tale this was! Mary Torjussen cranks up the psychological suspense in her novels through a string of small moments that leave the character (and the reader) feeling slightly off-kilter. I couldn’t put this down! A must-read for psychological thriller fans.

Ruby and her boss Harry are in love. Neither meant for it to happen, but they developed feelings and an instant connection over shared time together, and neither has been happy in their current marriages for some time. Now, they
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Bren
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of well written and fun mysteries.
Recommended to Bren by: Dita
"Startled, she looked up. In the hall mirror she saw the reflection of someone staring through the window at her.

She knew they had seen everything."


The Closer You Get by Mary Torjussen


Who is "she" and what is "everything"? What did "she" do? Who saw her do it? And why is there someone staring at "she" through the door anyway?

I'll tell you, this book was just what little ole me needed last night. Locked at home because of corona virus and slowly losing my mind (just kidding..sort of), I wanted a
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Tammy
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining and scandalous!
Buckle up. Mary Torjussen has written a fabulous domestic suspense/thriller that will take you on one-heck-of-a-crazy-ride with her female narrators Ruby Dean and Emma Sheridan. Their lives, their husbands lives, their marriages, are forever changed when Ruby tells her egotistical, emotionally abusive husband Tom “it’s over,” and moves out.
Ruby had been having an affair with her boss Harry Sheridan for 18-months. She was to meet up with him to start a new life. He wa
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Wendy Walker
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved how this book unfolded slowly across every chapter and in ways that were genuine and believable. This is one of those rare thrillers whose plot feels as though it could happen to someone you know. Love, jealousy, manipulation - it's all in there. This book is more than a thrill ride of twists and clever plotting - it hits home and stays with you.
Tonya
The Closer You Get by Mary Torjussen will keep you really close to this book until you finish as well as on the edge of your seat. Why is it that we like to read stories of betrayals, deceptions and secrets? Ruby and Harry work together and they fell in love. The madly, truly forever kind of love that wraps you up so tight that all you can think about is each other. So they make an arrangement to leave their spouses on the same day and meet up in a romantic hotel room to start their new life tog ...more
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Berkley Publishing Group for the free copy in exchange for an honest review!
"In the hall mirror she saw the reflection of someone staring through the window at her. She knew they had seen everything."

I was very pleasantly surprised by this one.

So, what's this book about?
Coworkers Ruby and Harry are in love--but they're married to other people. They decide to tell their spouses that their marriages are over and to start their new lives together. Ruby, who has wante
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Miriam
3 stars audio
3 draw out stars story.
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
What a fun read - precisely what my mind needed to be occupied with today. Btw, someone had to tell me that today was Friday because I was convinced it was Saturday.... When I first started this read, I instantly thought this to be a slow burn suspense. Sometimes you just know right away, right? But the thing is, it is and it isn't.

This is a domestic drama, starts off at a prance and then trots to the finish. While this isn't really something new in terms of plot, the pacing had me engaged for t
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Dana
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copies
An enjoyable even paced read that definitely had my full attention. I found the main characters, Ruby & Emma entertaining ... though I must admit they surprised me, you shall see!

Huge thanks to NetGalley and Canelo for mg review copy!
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Tonya
The Closer You Get by Mary Torjussen will keep you really close to this book until you finish as well as on the edge of your seat. Why is it that we like to read stories of betrayals, deceptions and secrets? Ruby and Harry work together and they fell in love. The madly, truly forever kind of love that wraps you up so tight that all you can think about is each other. So they make an arrangement to leave their spouses on the same day and meet up in a romantic hotel room to start their new life tog ...more
Shalini
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG. This domestic thriller with its drama and suspense was exactly what I needed to keep my mind occupied. Author Mary Torjussen kept me so focused on the story that I hardly blinked. I just had to know the truth. And wow. Just wow.

With the world crisis and suffering from vertigo today, Siri read out the story for me. I thought this book would work out brilliantly as an audiobook. Ruby and Harry were going to leave their spouses and spend life together. Harry didn't turn up after Ruby bid goodb
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Lisa (lifeinlit)
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow, talk about drama! This book had it all. It was like an episode of The Real Housewives and I couldn't look away. Spouses cheating on spouses, secrets galore, creepy things happen every time you turn the page. I was totally invested in this chaotic story. It was a total cluster of messiness, and if you like your mysteries dramatic and drama-filled, I highly recommend it!
Laura Peden
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up. Men & their fricking gaslighting 🙄 it’s sadistic. The problem I have with books that use gaslighting is that if it isn’t done subtly, it almost always makes the victim look like a dipshit. I still liked the book in the end & the narration was good. I have to say, if a man ever tried to make me wear a Fitbit so he could monitor my steps, I’d shove it up his ass sideways with no lube. ...more
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Mary Torjussen has an MA in Creative Writing from Liverpool John Moores University. She worked for several years as a teacher and lives outside of Liverpool, where Gone Without a Trace is set.

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