Tom is a successful author, but he’s struggling to finish his novel. 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 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 is turned upside down, and Tom is free to live his life again, to concentrate on writing.
But things aren’t really adding up. For Tom is distracted but also addicted to his online relationships, and when they take a darker, more menacing turn, he feels powerless to change things. Because maybe he needs Evie more than he’s letting on.
This is a very difficult book for me to review because it’s brilliance is within every nuance and every passing chapter, so much so that I’m reluctant to give even a small plot point away.
Suffice to say then perhaps, that The Closer I Get is a stunningly realistic yet utterly entertaining read, the darkness within creeps up on you, a tale of obsession where it’s the reader who ends up the most obsessed of all.
Paul Burston has an intuitive and genuinely insightful way of writing that draws you into the world of Evie and Tom then proceeds to disabuse you of anything you think you’ve worked out along the way. There is an incredibly immersive sense of tension that builds throughout and the descriptive sense of it both within character and location is often breathtaking.
See this is what happens when talent is the key, you get a read you will never forget even if you read 200 similarly themed novels in the future. These characters, this story, will stick to my reading soul like glue and for that reason I can do nothing but highly recommend it in the strongest of terms.
Go get it.
You can purchase The Closer I Get (Orenda) Here