Closer Than You Think by Lee Maguire

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“Bryce Davison Can Heal Any Troubled Mind–Except His Own”

I kindly received an ARC of Closer Than You Think by Lee Maguire from TCK publishing. This review will contain my honest opinion about the book.

Synopsis:

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.

Somebody’s been watching Bryce for a long time. Somebody who knows his life inside and out—his fears, his regrets, his greatest longings and deepest despairs. Somebody with access to his most private places—his workplace, his home, his family…anywhere Bryce might have felt safe.

They do their dirty work in the shadows… and they want Bryce Davison dead.

So Bryce has got to get his life together. To save his patients. To save his family. To save his marriage…and his life.

Because no matter how close Bryce gets to the deadly truth, the enigmatic stalker is always closer than he thinks.

The book is advertised as a psychological thriller/suspense. A genre right in my alley, so I was delighted to accept the ARC and give my opinion.

I don’t like to say it, but I couldn’t enjoy the story a lot. To me it felt like the concept of the story could work out a lot better, but the way is was written completely took the suspense away from it. My mother language isn’t English, and even I noticed multiple grammatical and spelling mistakes. Reading in this way is quite annoying. This was the same for the conversations between people. There is no conversational language that’s being used, reading complete, neat sentences. Nobody speaks like that, and it holds me back from being sucked into the story.

Reading the book, it was like every single detail had to be named, but also a lot was not named. The reader gets a full record of the day of Bryce Davison, while I felt like the majority of the daily schedule wasn’t interesting to read about and didn’t add anything to the story. I didn’t care about Bryce waking up, having breakfast, taking a shower every single day, without anything interesting happening.

On the other hand, a lot of the incidents happening didn’t get any notice at all. Bryce gets a threatening email which gets attention for not even two pages. The main incidents in the book didn’t differ from the everyday boring events. The book could have been so much better, if some parts that weren’t important were left out, while the important stalker events would have been explained in more detail and extensively. It made the story feel extremely superficial to me.

The main character in this book, Bryce Davison, works as a psychologist. There is a lot of psychology talk in the book, which sometimes felt like I was reading a text book on psychology. Even though Bryce is considered a great psychologist in his field of work, he himself sounds like having some big mental issues. He doesn’t sound stable, which I find surprisingly contradicting considering his career and knowledge of the thoughts he’s having.

Overall I find it sad to say that I didn’t enjoy this book a lot. The writing bothered me a lot, characters were flat and superficial, and the story wasn’t written with a lot of suspense. I do believe that the book could have turned out much better, if there had been given more attention to the editing part. The concept of the story isn’t that bad, though the way it is written makes it not an enjoyable read for me.

I gave this book 2/5 stars.

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