Five-year-old Ava Boone has been missing for six months. There have been no leads, no arrests, no witnesses. The only suspect was quiet, middle-aged Leland Ernest.
And Grace Wright has just bought the house next door. Recently divorced, Grace uprooted her two small children to start again and hopes the move will reset her crippling insomnia. But now she understands bargain-price for her beautiful new house.
With whispered neighbourhood gossip and increasingly sleepless nights, Grace develops a fierce obsession with Leland and the safety of her children. Could she really be living next door to a child-kidnapper? A murderer?
She Lies Close is a clever psychological thriller with a slightly weird feel to it that is extremely involving. It lives and dies on the voice of its main protagonist- a sharply ironic tone with an obsessive outlook engages the reader immediately, even as things get ever stranger.
This is not your typical missing child story, it actually focuses very little on that aspect but more on how it affects the behaviour of our main character who gets embroiled in a kind of madness.
I really enjoyed it, the resolutions to the various strands remained unpredictable throughout and it is extremely well written with some cleverly observant plotting.
Overall a great read. Recommended.