Release date - 27th July 2017 (Paperback)
Book length - 384 pages
Publisher - Wildfire Books @ www.headline.co.uk
Book Depository - www.bookdepository.com
Amazon UK - www.amazon.co.uk
Amazon US - www.amazon.com
ABOUT THE BOOK
Close To Me is a gripping debut psychological drama that will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty's bestselling The Husband's Secret, Clare Mackintosh's I Let You Go, and Linda Green's While My Eyes Were Closed.
She can't remember the last year. Her husband wants to keep it that way.
When Jo Harding falls down the stairs at home, she wakes up in hospital with partial amnesia-she's lost a whole year of memories. A lot can happen in a year. Was Jo having an affair? Lying to her family? Starting a new life?
She can't remember what she did-or what happened the night she fell. But she's beginning to realise she might not be as good a wife and mother as she thought.
Instantly hooked, CLOSE TO ME by Amanda Reynolds threw me into the story and I didn't resurface until I had reached the end - and boy, what an ending!
In this story, we meet Jo who has fallen down the stairs and taken a nasty bang to the head. When she recovers the next day in hospital, she cannot remember what has happened to her or anything from the previous year. Worried, horrified, and anxious at this development she returns home under the watchful eye of her devoted husband. But not only is Jo missing her memories, she cannot shake the feeling of unease around her husband or the fact that her picture perfect family seem to have fallen apart at the seams. Why are her kids so distant and what exactly are they all hiding from her? What happened in the past year that has blown her world apart? And can she trust the people that she has loved forever? As fleeting glimpses of memory flash through her mind, Jo will have to slowly piece it together one block at a time, but sometimes the truth is worse than anything you could ever imagine...
The plot is fast-paced, the drama superb, and the twists and turns in this novel are all excellent and are sure to keep you on your toes. While the characters are not exactly likeable, they are compelling, and as different scenarios ran through my head I wasn't sure which way the story was going to go - and I love the fact that I was kept guessing!
The story moves easily from past to present and it really worked as the reader gets to learn the events of the past year before Jo actually remembers it and this really adds to the momentum and tense atmosphere of the book overall. There were a few times where I felt that the story dragged out just a little bit, but overall it was a well-paced and riveting read. If you like psychological thrillers with plenty of creepy undertones, then you should definitely read CLOSE TO ME by Amanda Reynolds.
I haven't always been an author, although I always wanted to be. I've been a teaching assistant, a sales trainer, a full-time mum and part-time almost everything you can think of, including a summer spent milking goats.
Five years ago, I decided to properly start writing and that's when I also set up Cotswold Creative Writing, teaching two writing classes a week.
Not many authors find success immediately, and I think that's often a good thing. I certainly wouldn't want my first efforts in print, although I'm not sure I felt like that at the time.
I'm now taking a sabbatical from teaching to live the dream of being published and to concentrate on my next book. I intend to enjoy every moment of it.
For more information:
Website - www.amandareynoldsauthor.com
Twitter - twitter.com/amandareynoldsj
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from Netgalley.com
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger from Ireland. Oh and also a wife and mother!
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