Book Review: Closer Than You Think, by Lee Maguire


Publication date: 22nd of October, 2018

Published by: TCK Publishing

Pages: 314



Source: ARC Review Copy


Meet Bryce Davison, a gifted psychologist who can heal any troubled mind—except his own.

You see, Bryce’s life is falling apart. His marriage is crumbling. His insomnia brings only half-sleep and troubled dreams—visions of dark and buried memories he’d rather forget or ignore completely. And the new female patient in his psych ward just might be more trouble than he’s able to cope with.

…and now he has a stalker. 


Closer Than You Think is a thriller that left me uncertain about my beliefs regarding it are. Usually, I know if I like a book or not, and especially, I know why is that. With this novel, I can’t quite identify my feelings in order to put it on the right shelf. I have finished the book one week ago and delayed this review because I didn’t want to write something that is not quite right, but today I settled down to write it while I still have its words fresh in my mind. 

I have found the first quarter of the book really thrilling. I started reading it at night before closing my eyes, which wasn’t the best idea as it left me with this impression that someone is in my room. Someone else than my sleeping dog. As Dr. Bryce started to suspect that someone is following him and breaking into his house and office, I thought that this will be a book that will keep my interest throughout its entire length. Well, I was wrong. At times I’ve found myself skipping pages without reading each word and that’s because I had the feeling that the author wrote the same words over and over again. 

About the plot and the idea itself, I believe they are both really great, however, at times, Lee’s writing style and choices made me believe that the story was rushed where it shouldn’t have been, and delayed where it should have been as short as possible. 

Also, I was left disappointed by the poor grammar and misspellings (and this coming from a person whose English is not the First Language). 

Probably the thing that I liked the most was the fact that I didn’t guess the ending. Usually, I pick up things that ultimately lead to the light at the end of the tunnel, but with Closer Than You Think I failed to do it. So that’s a good point for this novel. 

The book deals with mental health which I find interesting and I have always something to learn from these books, something that could help me in the future and, maybe, something to share with others. Dr. Bryce is a psychologist and now I wonder if (in the future novels coming out on this series) he will end up having some mental issues as well. That would be a turning point for sure.  

Despite all these, I couldn’t bring myself to rate the novel higher than Three Stars. Maybe I will re-read it one day, but I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to get some goosebumps on the arms at night. 

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