My rating: 3 Stars
Author: Sue Fortin
Helen has had to leave everything she’s ever known behind; her home, her family, even her own name.
Now, returning to the UK as Ellen Newman, she moves to a small coastal village, working as a nanny for Donovan, a criminal psychologist. Attractive, caring and protective, this single father and his sweet daughter are a world away from Ellen’s brutal past.
But Ellen can’t shake the feeling that something’s wrong.
Strange incidents begin to plague her new family, and their house of calm is about to become one of suspicion and fear.
Who can be trusted? Who is the target? Who is closing in?
When I read the description of Closing In , I was intrigued. I love the psychological thriller genre & I couldn’t wait to dive into this one! I loved the storyline & I really think the book had the potential of a 5-star rating, but I felt like the book was slow and hard to follow in the beginning, so I could only give it 3 stars. There were also some parts of the book that made me just want to scream “WTH”!!!!
In the beginning of the book, Helen decides to take on a new identity and run from her abusive boyfriend. I immediately connected with her because I was in an abusive relationship in the past & I also had to leave. I didn’t go into hiding, but I did have to pack up my things and leave right away. I could relate to how she may have felt at that time.
When Toby comes home to find her gone, he made a remark about her leaving her beloved cat. I honestly cringed! I knew without a doubt that something was going to happen to that cat. I found myself yelling at the book, saying ” why didn’t she take that cat somewhere when she left?!?!!” I’m a bit of an animal lover, so I guess it just hit a nerve.
When Toby showed up at Kates door, she should have never let him in her home. Knowing how bad he was to Helen, you would think she wouldn’t believe his act. When Toby sees an envelope laying out, it catches his attention and Kate immediately hides it in a book. I knew right then he was going to find Helen! Helen & Kate communicated mostly by email drafts, so I was confused as to why a letter was even sent.
I did enjoy the mystery of the characters. I would have never thought Amanda, Donovan’s ex-wife would have been scheming with Toby. That completely threw me off guard! I felt like if anyone else was involved in the mysterious events, it was Carla. I figured maybe she was jealous and in love with Donovan and wanted to get rid of Helen. I’ll admit there were also times in the book when I started to wonder if maybe Helen really was delusional and made up some of the stories.
Towards the end of the book, I found myself unable to put the book down. I couldn’t believe Toby pushed Kate in front of a bus and then kidnapped Helen & Izzy! I knew something bad was eventually going to happen, but this was definitely a shock to me! When Toby died, I felt an immediate sense of relief. I was so happy that Helen would be able to live her life and not have to constantly look over her shoulder.
I wish I could have given the book more stars, but it just didn’t capture my attention like other psychological thrillers I have read in the past. Not every book is going to appeal to every reader, so if you find the description of the book interesting, then I would suggest giving it a try.
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