Close To Me
She can’t remember the last year. Her husband wants to keep it that way.
When Jo Harding falls down the stairs at home, she wakes up in hospital with partial amnesia – she’s lost a whole year of memories.
A lot can happen in a year. Was Jo having an affair? Lying to her family? Starting a new life?
She can’t remember what she did – or what happened the night she fell.
But she’s beginning to realise she might not be as good a wife and mother as she thought.
Close to Me is hugely addictive. It’s a fabulously twisty novel that forces you to keep the pages turning. I loved the family dynamic – it was more their relationship that kept me glued to the book than the mystery. This story flows fluently across the pages, keeping us locked down tight in its grip, with surprise and shock marking off the moments to its conclusion.
Jo Harding is suffering with partial amnesia, which prevents her from remembering the last year of her life. She is told it was caused by a simple accident – falling down the stairs – but Jo has no recollection of that evening. And as she readjusts, she is shocked by the stark contrast from the life she led a year ago to the one she leads now. But soon, the whole truth of her reality is set to blow her fragile existence into utter chaos. In a tale of secrets, darkness and betrayals, Close To Me unravels beautifully right up to the last chilling sentence.
“I turn away from my husband, shifting my weight on to my side, as far from him as the bed will allow. The movement is instinctive, dulled by the fact I’m only half awake, in the place between reality and unreality.”
As you can see, straight away from the very first sentence, there is a chasm between these two people. Some unknown trouble that lurks there. And, you will see, what follows, as you delve into this book, grows and grows into something so much more than a simple grim miasma.
Told through he eyes of protagonist Jo Harding, this story alternates between past and present – before the fall and after. I really loved how Amanda Reynolds has told this story – the before and after chapters are clear and easy to follow. Flashing back and forth, it gives you enough back-story to fully realise how much the past has influenced the future.
This is a very addictive read. It isn’t as original as some of the books in it’s genre but the writing is fabulous – engaging and engrossing. Really looking forward to Amanda Reynolds’ next book!
Engrossing. Dark. Addictive.
If you would like to buy Close To Me here is the link.
Huge thanks to Katie Brown for my review copy!