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She Lies Close by Sharon Doering, book review

I picked this book, She Lies Close, because it was free with my Audible Premium Membership. It sounded dark and interesting.

She Lies Close, book cover. a child's hand an be seen behind a blue framed window.
By: Sharon Doering
Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 10-11-20
Language: English
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing

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The Blurb from She Lies Close

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

My Review of She Lies Close

This was a difficult book to really get into. It’s told in first person from the main character who obviously has screw (or two) loose. Or is she just neurotic after a difficult divorce and over protective of her children. It’s hard to tell. One minute she seems like a normal person getting on with life, the next she’s doing all this crazy stuff.

The narrator did a really good job of portraying the character and her declining mental health. The story had lots of holes in it though and was totally unbelievable in some parts. It was all neatly wrapped up at the end and the truth was a little more easier to swallow than the path we’d been led along all throughout the book.

Overall it was a dark story with some crazy themes, along with a little too much sex which seemed totally out of sync with the rest of the story. I was wanting to give up about half way through, but I also wanted to know the answers.

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