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Publisher's Summary

A compulsive debut thriller about motherhood, obsession, and how far we’d go to protect the ones we love

Five-year-old Ava Boone vanished without a trace six months ago. No witnesses, no sightings or arrests. But Grace Wright just moved in next door to the only suspect the case had: quiet, middle-aged Leland Ernest.

Recently divorced, Grace uprooted her two small children to start again and hopes the move will reset her crippling insomnia. With whispered neighborhood gossip and increasingly sleepless nights, Grace develops a fierce obsession with Leland and the safety of her children. Could she really be living next door to a child-kidnapper? A murderer?

With reality and dream blurring more each day, Grace desperately pursues the truth - following Ava’s family, demanding answers from the police - and then a body is discovered.

©2020 Sharon Doering (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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I am not sure what to write

I absolutely loved the main character. She was funny and snarky and her mind sounds like mine except the hallucinations part. The start was slow and it definitely wasn’t a thriller or a crazy murder mystery. There were parts where I wanted to skip forward just to get through the book but I didn’t because the main character has a way of making you want to listen to her mind ramble. I can’t really figure out what to write for a review for this book. I listened to the entire book, laughed and related. It wasn’t the best book I have ever listened to but no where near the worst. Definitely an interesting read. I am intrigued by the author and would purchase another book from her.

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Entertaining Story and Refreshingly Different

She Lies Close was a fast listen,
entertaining and different. The protagonist is cringe worthy throughout the story and totally unhinged. Yet as a parent of young children, I found her totally relatable.

This book is packed with crazy situations and plenty of explicit language. I highly recommend it and hope this author writes more books.

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Brilliant ...funny

Different. A neighborhood child goes missing and Grace becomes so obsessed with her “guilty” neighbor she becomes psychotic. There’s hilarity in her observations. This book stands out from the rest just because of her snarky inner dialogue. The story is good too but the book’s fast pace and unhinged, spunky, speed taking protagonist really makes it a home run. Good writing. Congrats to the author, Looking forward to more.

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#1

I listen to 100s of audio books and this one is THE. BEST. I cannot wait for more!!!

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Boring

I thought it would be more thrilling but it feel short for me.Good background noise while doing something else.

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kept me listening for hours!

really enjoyed this book. It kept me listening for hours. it was intriguing, thrilling and had a story line.

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Superb

Finally a real twist at the end!
I will be seeking out this narrator again her performance was truly impressive.

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Keeping me engaged

This story was very informative and interesting. Narrative was very lively. Enjoyed listening, it made me kinda horny at times!

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Ugh!!! Can’t finish.

3 hours to finish and I just can’t... Main character drives me crazy!!! Super annoying! He constant internal thought process just shows she has some sort of mental illness and that takes from the story completely.

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I couldn’t get over

I couldn’t get over how annoying I found the 3yr old daughter’s language to be. Three year olds don’t speak like that. Also The main character was infuriating with her overprotective nature.

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  • 08-03-21

Very good

A twist on the usual neurotic woman (I seem to be reading a lot of those recently!). Excellent narration.

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  • Sassa K-B
  • 08-17-21

Really enjoyed this

Really captivating and strangely hilarious, and you could see Grace falling slowly more and more into mental instability. Really clever book.
My one and only complaint is I couldn’t believe Chloe was 3, still in diapers but her speech was a bit too advanced for a 3 year old.

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  • 10-15-21

Slow but gently engaging - nothing unexpected

This is a well written account of a single mother’s struggles in a neighbourhood where her nearest neighbour is a suspect in a child abduction.

It’s quite slow and repetitive but a pleasant enough way to while away the hours whilst I cleaned the house.

No earth shattering denouement but wraps up fairly satisfyingly. Wouldn’t wanted to have used a credit but listened on audible plus

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  • Peter Jenkins
  • 08-13-21

My first audio book

I wasn't sure I would like audio books I am glad to say I'm booked can't wait for my next. Loved the story and it was well read.

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  • Maggsie
  • 08-12-21

Excellent narration

Can't make up my mind whether I enjoyed this book or not. It was very well read but I nearly stopped listening as it was very slow to start with. I'm glad I persevered, though, as it did improve towards the end.

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  • tumpleby
  • 08-07-21

Wasn’t sure at first

It I kept reading and enjoyed the book the only thing that irritated me was the narrators Chloe voice it was dreadful and sounded like Lisa Simpson! Other than that a good listen

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  • Shannon Ainsworth
  • 11-26-21

so good

loved this. I was very complacent thinking I had it but I was so wrong

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  • Elizabeth Ainsworth
  • 11-26-21

Something missing.

The performance was good, but the story was average and I couldn’t bring myself to like the protagonist. I really felt like there was something missing for it to be believable and relatable. Wish I’d have saved a credit!

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  • Beth Cooke
  • 11-26-21

Good read

This was an interesting read! Kept you listening but some of the writing was a bit odd. The twist was good and unexpected !

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  • Raquel Cooper
  • 11-23-21

hated it!

the general story was okay but so many unnecessary sexualisations out of nowhere? it lost its flow to talk about something pointless
very dull and longed out, didn't bother to finish