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Closer Than You Think by Darren O’Sullivan {Review}

Wow guys what a book!

I was absolutely thrilled when I was approved for a copy of this from Netgalley. I have read Darren’s work previously and really enjoyed it so when I saw this was available it was a no brainer to apply for it.

Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge in exchange or an honest and unbiased review. My opinions are my own and have not been influenced.

The Blurb

He’s watching. She’s waiting.

The unmissable new thriller from Darren O’Sullivan, author of Our Little Secret and Close Your Eyes.

Having barely escaped the clutches of a serial killer, Claire Moore has struggled to rebuild her life. After her terrifying encounter with the man the media dubbed The Black-Out Killer, she became an overnight celebrity: a symbol of hope and survival in the face of pure evil. And then the killings stopped.

Now ten years have passed, and Claire remains traumatised by her brush with death. Though she has a loving and supportive family around her, what happened that night continues to haunt her still.

Just when things are starting to improve, there is a power cut; a house fire; another victim found killed in the same way as before.

The Black-Out Killer is back. And he’s coming for Claire…

The Cover

I love the cover. It is so eye-catching and really draws me in. It totally relates to the storyline as well.


The Review

It is rare that when reading this genre that I am completely taken off guard. I always have a sneaking suspicion of who the killer is, or at the least can’t say I am overly surprised when it all comes out in the open. However, this book BLEW MY MIND! Darren the sneaky little devil totally blind-sided me with the ending. Not just for the reveal but the way it ended. I mean, I don’t want to give any spoilers but if you do manage to read this book (which you should) you will totally get what I mean when I say “YOU CAN’T DO THAT TO ME!”

Now let’s talk about Claire, the main character. She is very traumatised by what happened to her all those years ago, and well…rightly so. Usually I don’t really take to characters who are weak, I much prefer strong, brashy, badass women but Claire isn’t weak, she is just stuck. Stuck unable to really move on, terrified that what happened to will happen again. However, she constantly battles against her anxiety to try and not let the event define who she is and it makes for such a compelling read.

I loved this book so much and I 100% recommend that you should read it, whether psychological thrillers are your thing or not, the quality of the writing alone makes it worth a read. Congratulations Darren on another amazing book!

You can purchase a copy of this amazing book <here>

Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me the pleasure of reading this book and thank you all for reading my review.

Emma-Louise x

1 thought on “Closer Than You Think by Darren O’Sullivan {Review}”

  1. I have just finished this book and was confused.
    Why did Paul fight Claire so viciously if he was innocent? What did I miss?


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