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Publisher's Summary

She thinks she's escaped. She thinks she's safe....

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.

Strange incidents begin to plague her new family, and their house of calm is about to become one of suspicion and fear.

Who can be trusted? Who is the target? Who is closing in?

©2017 Sue Fortin (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Really sad a woman wrote this

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!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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A little disappointing...

What did you like best about Closing In? What did you like least?

Best: Story had potential

Least:
The child in the book was irritating and sounded like a 3-4 year old, not an 8 year old.
Flow was just not there- felt forced. It touched on Donovan'a job (specific case he was working on) and gave enough detail to get me interested where I thought it might tie into the story, but it didn't. I know it was there to add another list of "possible stalkers". I felt like the book tried to teeter on "is she crazy" or "is this really happening?" but it didn't work for me, sadly.

What could Sue Fortin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I feel like the two main characters jumped right into a relationship and I didn't see the relationship build at all and it just didn't seem right- I didn't feel the connection (I know that sounds weird, but I just didn't feel that their "love story" or interest in each other started- it just was there.

What three words best describe Elisabeth Hopper’s voice?

Pleasant (reminds me of Rebecca Hall, the actress)

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably not

Any additional comments?

I found it just forced and unbelievable- it was her boyfriend not even her husband and she has to change her identity but doesn't move far away or notify the police?

I would not consider this psychological mystery, which was the category I found it in. I loved the authors other title, "Sister, Sister", but this one was a miss.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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loved it!

she's a terrific narrator! Enjoyable story with some good twists and turns along the way.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Awful!!!!

This is one of the worst books I have ever suffered through listening to. Every single clue was obvious, repeated, and there was no suspense. It was bordering on annoying at several parts throughout the book when they repeated things that they had already said.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I loved the story

loved it. he only thing I found hard to believe was that the child was an eight year old you can't carry an 8 year old and most eight year olds act older than that. Izzy, would have been more believable as a six-year-old.

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Closing In

I Enjoyed this book so much! I want to keep it in my library forever.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Not Great....

Loved Sister Sister- but this ones just so so. Didn't make me want to eat lunch in my car while listening (a common Audible occurrence) but mildly entertaining nonetheless.

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Loved It

I don't often write reviews but couldn't resist based on reviews I read where listeners made comments that Izzy was 8 years old therefore too old to be carried and seemed more like a 4 or 6 year old. My only hope is that those he wrote/agreed with this never reproduced. 8 years old is still very much a young child. True, some 8 yr old children are naturally very independent. Some are forced to be so. Every child is different. Wired differently and all uniquely made. Then there is environment and circumstances to consider that strongly influence each child. If they seem immature or clingy for their age, please don't judge them. They will mature in their

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Pretty good...

This book was good, but it was also quite predictable. The narrator took a while to get used to...

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good book

If you could sum up Closing In in three words, what would they be?

I thought this book was an easy read but at the same time it kept you guessing. The narrator did a fine job. Not sure why some people had a problem with her?

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  • Rebecca o.
  • 06-10-17

one of my faves

I loved this story, especially the ending. The narrator makes the book a lovely listening experience.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-24-17

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good read narration was comfortable to listen to. would recommend it for someone who likes a plot that is not too complicatef

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  • Kate
  • 12-20-17

Ok romance!

Started out as a promising psychological thriller then developed into a glorified romance. Ok but not really my cup of tea.

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  • L Hayes
  • 08-11-17

A Worthy Read

This was my first experience of Sue Fortin's writing. Although a good storyline, I guessed the offenders very early on. The pinnacle of the story, however, was rounded up very quickly in the last two chapters, almost leaving a key part uncovered.
I found the Narrator a little bit monotone in places.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-08-17

soppy. not very well written but was read very wel

I wouldn't bother. parts made me wince at its predictably simple writing. I got very bored with the style. not clever at all. surprised it got published actually. though the story was quite good.