Closer by K.L. Slater
Publishing: October 24, 2018 by Bookouture
Closer by K.L. Slater is a psychological thriller.
First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Emma and Shaun are separated, but living in the same house so that their 10-year old daughter Maisie has some stability. With rules in place as to chores and babysitting, everything has been going fine. That is, of course, until Shaun starts dating. That may have been okay, but when he dates Emma’s boss Joanne, that is bad. The fact that Joanne’s daughter Piper and Maisie do not get along, makes it worse. The fact that Shaun does not see the problems that Maisie is having is just ridiculous.
Emma, however, knows her daughter. She sees the weight loss. She sees the look on Maisie’s face every time she comes home from spending time with her dad’s new family, or from dance class, where Piper seems to have taken all her friends. She sees her daughter slowly dying inside.
Emma thinks Joanne is hiding something, and she is going to dig until she discovers the secret. On the other hand, Emma has her own secret, which seems to be coming back to haunt her.
I love Slater’s books. This one, however, seemed slow to me. I’m not sure what made it that way, since it was a fast read. I also wasn’t real keen on most of the characters. I couldn’t relate to either Emma’s constant outbursts, or Joanne’s uppity attitude. Shaun was just weak. Piper was a spoiled brat. I did, however, like Maisie. I loved the mother/daughter bond theme but found it a little lacking. But generally, when I can only cheer for one character, and that is a child, it isn’t the book for me.
I did like how the chapters alternated between different perspectives, including Maisie’s. I think the author really nailed the mind of a 10-year old. I thought the plot and pace was good, and I really loved the twist at the end.
Overall, it was a good read.
Read: October, 2018
Favorite Quote from Closer:
You always promise God things when you need Him the most, but once your punishment is over, you nearly always forget to follow through.
About the Author: Kim Slater went back to school at the age of 40 where she studied for an English & Creative Writing degree followed by an MA in Creative Writing. She is now a best-selling author of both psychological thrillers and YA Fiction. She lives in England with her husband Mac