I’m thrilled to be one of the stops taking part in the blog tour for The Closer I Get by Paul Burston and sharing my review today. With thanks to Anne Cater for the invite to join the tour and to Orenda Books for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
ABOUT THE BOOK
Tom is a successful author, but for the first time in his life, he has writer ’s block. His main distraction is an online admirer, Evie, who simply won’t leave him alone. Evie is smart, well read and unstable; she lives with her sick father and her social media friendships are not only her escape, but everything she has. When she’s hit with a restraining order, her world collapses, whilst Tom is free to live his life again, and to concentrate on writing.
But things aren’t adding up. For Tom is also addicted to his online relationships, and when they take a darker, more menacing turn, he’s powerless to change things. Because maybe he needs Evie more than he’s letting on.
Well this was a deliciously twisty story and one that kept me on my toes throughout! With two characters that won’t necessarily win any awards for being loveable this book well and truly pulled me into their lives. I couldn’t help but be drawn into their situation wondering at all the craziness but also feeling this underlying tension as more of these characters entwined lives and past is revealed. Especially Evie’s, her perspective felt very conversational as if I was sat with her or maybe a fly on the wall experiencing it all. Now I’m not saying it was all comfortable reading because let me say that getting inside her head was at times shocking but definitely addictive! Then add in Tom and things get ever so interesting making me chop and change my mind constantly as to how I felt about each character.
The momentum was kept at a high level throughout especially as that all important tension increases with every page. Than add in an uneasy feeling that lingers just below the surface ready to pop out and at times this definitely caught me unawares. This made me feel as if I needed to read as quick as I could until I discovered every last detail within the story. Even when I wasn’t reading I was thinking about the characters, I have to admit that I do love unlikeable characters they always bring such an interesting spin to any story so to have two of them absolutely made my day!
The Closer I Get has it all an addictive plot, intriguing characters and some brilliantly placed twists guaranteed to entertain and thrill in equal measure!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Paul Burston is the author of five novels and the editor of two short story collections. His most recent novel The Black Path, was a WHSmith bestseller. His first novel, Shameless, was shortlisted for the State of Britain Award. His third novel, Lovers & Losers was shortlisted for a Stonewall Award. His fourth, The Gay Divorcee, was optioned for television. He was a founding editor of Attitude magazine and has written for many publications including Guardian, Independent, Time Out, The Times and Sunday Times. In March 2016, he was featured in the British Council’s #FiveFilms4Freedom Global List 2016, celebrating “33 visionary people who are promoting freedom, equality and LGBT rights around the world”. He is the founder and host of London’s award-winning LGBT+ literary salon Polari and founder and chair of The Polari First Book Prize for new writing and the newly announced Polari Prize