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  • Closing In

  • By: Sue Fortin
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Hopper
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 149

Helen has had to leave everything she's ever known behind: her home, her family, even her own name. Now, returning to the UK as Ellen Newman, she moves to a small coastal village, working as a nanny for Donovan, a criminal psychologist. Attractive, caring and protective, this single father and his sweet daughter are a world away from Ellen's brutal past. But Ellen can't shake the feeling that something's wrong.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Really sad a woman wrote this

  • By Mariel on 06-23-17

Really sad a woman wrote this

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-17

This book could have been great, but the relationship between the two main characters was so revolting I had a hard time finishing this book.

There's a clear power imbalance and instead of the author showing how maybe it's not that imbalanced, she reinforced it. Particularly humiliating is the scene where Donovan rifles through her belongings, asserting his ownership over her. If this book were about sex, I could understand the bdsm lilt, but their relationship is presented as romantic...and then she puts out after he humiliates an abuse survivor?

Also, the little girl voice is so bad an needs to go. The constant "giggling" is just weird when a grown woman is trying it. Also, 8-year-olds don't and shouldn't ever act like that. Super creepy!

I'm sure this author has honed her skills a lot since this book and I hope the next is a lot better!

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