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.
*I would like to thank the publisher, Bookouture, and NetGalley for the copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.
Closer is my second book from K.L. Slater and after this, she’s slowly making her way up on my top auto-read authors. There’s no doubt she’s one brilliant author and she just proved it yet again with this latest novel. With multiple viewpoints, the story revolves around Emma and her family. Though she and her husband, Shaun agreed that the marriage isn’t working anymore, it shouldn’t affect their daughter, Maisie. And so, the idea of still staying together in one roof came about. In Maisie’s eyes, they are still a happy family. It’s all going smoothly until Shaun fall in love with Emma’s boss. Not long after, Shaun moved out of the house and come to live with his new girlfriend. Things are happening so fast and Emma can’t do anything but accept it and hope that Maisie won’t have a hard time adjusting. But with Maisie’s every visit to her father and his new family, Emma can see how her daughter is slowly changing. The once full of life Maisie turned into a sad and lonely little girl. Something is terribly wrong with her daughter. But no one wants to believe her. Not Shaun, and not her mother. One thing is for sure, Joanne got something to do with it and it’s up to Emma to find out what her boss is hiding if she is to save her daughter.
Closer is a slow burn thriller but surprisingly, that doesn’t stop me from devouring this book. Right from the start, I am absorbed with the story despite despising some of the characters. Immediately, a seed of doubt was planted for the adult characters and I can’t help but distrust them. Yes, even Emma who’s been unreliable at the beginning. She just started building her career again after the scandal from her last job. It made her paranoid and cost her her marriage. And Shaun falling in love with her boss is putting her on the edge again. Slowly, as Emma’s past came to light, I also came to understand and sympathize with her. Joanne, on the other hand, is someone Emma wanted to be. Successful, independent, confident. But she’s also manipulative and cunning. Just like Emma, she has a past she’s trying to forget, even erase everything that connects her to it. As for Shaun, the guy really ticked me off. Joanne can easily manipulate him to her every whim and he’s so oblivious to it. It is so easy for him to dismiss his ex-wife’s concern about their kid. We also get to meet an anonymous voice that added mystery to the story. And then, there’s Maisie. My heart reaches out to the little girl. At the age of ten, what she’d been through is heartbreaking.
80% into the book and I am still not sure where things are heading but the family drama keeps me reading. The tension buildup is great and though I thought I had things figured out, I was proven completely wrong. It totally came as a surprise as I’m so focused on someone else. The ending seemed rushed, though and for me, it’s a little disappointing. Not that it’s bad. It was actually quite a twist and so unexpected but I feel so invested that I feel the need to have a proper closure. Aside from that, it’s certainly a brilliantly written thriller with well-developed characters. The way I despise those characters only shows how effectively written they are. It is definitely a gripping read but also an emotional one.