Dread squirms in her stomach and she wills herself not to vomit at the side of the quay.
Not here. Not in front of all these people.
Someone drapes a scratchy pale blue blanket around her shoulders. Someone else presses a plastic cup of hot tea into her hand. But neither kindness stops her from shaking.
There are concerned, hushed whispers all around. The sounds blend into one swishing echo in her ears, like dry leaves swirling against asphalt on a breezy autumn day.
She holds her breath against the ripe smell of the water, closes her eyes against the rawness of the hopeless dread that hangs above them all.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: I know my daughter better than I know myself and if there’s one thing I know for sure at this moment: it’s that Maisie is not ok.
My ex-husband Shaun and I are still friends.
We would do anything for our beautiful little girl, Maisie.
But now Shaun has moved in with Joanne and suddenly, Maisie has a brand new family.
And there’s something not quite right about it…I know Joanne isn’t everything she says she is. Yet no-one will listen.
I need to discover what she’s hiding.
Because if I don’t, my daughter will be in terrible danger.
MY THOUGHTS: Closer, by K. L. Slater, starts at the end but still manages to give nothing away on its journey to the conclusion. By the end of the prologue, I was gripping the edge of the chair, my eyes sticking out on stalks, saying ‘OMG!’ over and over.
Both women in Shaun’s life have secrets in their pasts, secrets they don’t want revealed, secrets that could damage their present and their futures. Only one knows the other’s secret, so it’s a bit of one-sided warfare, cleverly disguised, of course, for some time. It’s complicated. . . but not too complicated. It is intriguing. And clever. And a child is the pawn in this game of power that is a lot more twisted than the participants are aware. Very clever Ms Slater, very clever indeed. I never saw that coming, not for one millisecond!
And at the end, are we still really sure. . . ? Read it, and you’llsee what I mean.
THE AUTHOR: After years of trying to get published and never getting further than the slush pile, I went back to university at the age of 40 where I studied for an English & Creative Writing degree followed by an MA in Creative Writing.
Although I also worked full-time during the five years I studied at university, the courses gave me the time and space to try different writing and increased my confidence and belief in my writing. Before I graduated from my MA, I had secured representation with my agent, Clare Wallace, at the Darley Anderson Literacy, TV and Film Agency and had my first book deal.
My first adult psychological thriller for Bookouture is called ‘Safe with Me’ and it actually started life as my dissertation on my English & Creative Writing degree.
The creepy voice of Anna came to me strong and insistent . . . she wanted to be written, she wouldn’t go away.
I live in Nottingham with my husband, Mac. Between us we have three grown-up kids; my daughter, Francesca and Mac’s sons Nathan and Jake.
I also write multi-award winning YA fiction under the name Kim Slater.
(From author’s website)
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Closer by K.L. Slater for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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