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Closing In

Closing In [Kindle Edition]

Sue Fortin
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For fans of Emily Barr & Rosamund Lupton

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. She thinks she’s escaped. She thinks she’s safe.

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?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1367 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperImpulse (15 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J7EHYQ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,169 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Published by Harper Collins' romance line, Harper Impulse, Sue Fortin writes women's fiction; contemporary, suspense and time-slip. All with romance and a touch of mystery.

Lover of cake, Dragonflies and France. Hater of calories, maths and snakes. Sue was born in Hertfordshire but had a nomadic childhood, moving often with her family, before eventually settling in West Sussex.

Sue is married with four children, all of whom patiently give her time to write but, when not behind the keyboard, she likes to spend her time with them, enjoying both the coast and the South Downs, between which they are nestled.

To find out more about Sue visit her blog Twitter : suefortin1. Facebook : Sue Fortin Writer's Page

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tense and scary yet romantic 24 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Let's hope we're never in the position in which Helen finds herself, where you need to run and hide so badly you change your name by deed poll and try to completely change your identity.

Now called Ellen, our escape artist is fleeing a relationship gone bad - very bad and when she lands herself a position as live in nanny to the loveable Izzy and her very agreeable Dad, Donovan, she thinks her troubles are behind her, but they're only just beginning.

What follows is a swirly cat and mouse chase, where Ellen has to try and stay one step ahead of a game where she isn't even sure of the rules. Has someone from her past tracked her down? Or is Donovan the target for increasingly bizarre little incidents which make us increasingly more uneasy for Ellen and Izzy's safety.

Donovans job as a criminal psychologist helps him recognize who to trust and who is lying, yet even he becomes confused with all the psychological doubts and diversions (as did I)

The author adeptly throws in a few red herrings to confuse us about just who is doing what, to whom and then a niggle of doubt as to Ellens credibility are catapulted into the mix which builds to a really tense, nail biting climax.

I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic thriller, with great characters, a vigorous storyline and sufficient curved balls to keep you guessing all the way through.

My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher, Harper Impulse for providing my digital copy which has introduced me to another enjoyable author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tense...psychological drama 24 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first Sue Fortin book that I've read and I'm delighted to be the final stop on the blog tour for her latest novel, Closing In.

In the prologue a new identity is revealed so we know that she's planning to run but we don't why, this is all revealed later but certainly grabbed my attention from the first couple of pages.

Helen / Ellen is on the run from someone and it's quite easy to assume from the beginning who that is but it's the chase that makes this novel. By becoming Ellen, Helen hopes to escape her violent past but she's still constantly looking over her shoulder and so moves to a fairly remote seaside town for a new job with the hopes of remaining inconspicuous. Her new employer 'Donovan' is only known by Donovan (his surname), that was all a bit Inspector Morse and a bit odd really!

Things don't get off to a great start with the prickly Carla but she soon builds an easy friendly relationship with the little girl in her care, Izzy and then an even more personal relationship with her employer. I did feel that there was a very quick development of a relationship between Donovan and Ellen, must have been a matter of days, a week maybe, but then when you know!

There is a good balance between the tense, psychological, and romantic events which culiminates in a climatic ending which was a tadge far-fetched but it worked and would probably work as a TV drama.

I thought that the plot moved at quite a good pace, there weren't any scenes that I felt were superfluous; although I did weary slightly at Donovan's possessiveness of Ellen, not letting her out etc but I can see why this was needed to add to the suspense. And when she does go off on her own, it's like watching a horror movie...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful novel with lots of twists 23 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I was instantly drawn into Closing in from the very first chapter. Sue Fortin cleverly creates a sense of urgency and suspense that compels you to read on and find out what will happen. The fact that Helen changed her name to Ellen made me eager to discover why she had gone to such lengths to not be found.

I have read suspense novels like this before and I must admit that I thought it was going to be predictable, and although there were some parts that I guessed would happen, there were still lots of surprises along the way.

Novels that have characters with lots of depth make for some excellent reading and that was exactly what the Closing In Characters were like. I found myself warming to Ellen and wanting to know more about her, but with her employer Donovan, I could not completely connect with him as a character. Maybe it was to do with him being a criminal psychologist and reigning in all his emotions all the time, but I did find him quite frustrating at times, especially the times where he began to doubt Ellen.

Even though this did have a lot of tension and suspense, I thought perhaps that it could have been taken to the next level. It never quite got to the same level as the first chapter that had initially drawn me in. That said, I still kept wanting to read on, particularly when strange things started to happen.

I liked how when we never quite knew who was doing all the suspicious things even though it was very easy to point the finger at one particular person; but I liked how there was always that niggling doubt. And it was this that set the novel apart for me.

A suspenseful novel with some great twists that will have you whizzing through.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, well written thriller. 22 May 2014
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Helen writes a goodbye note to her boyfriend, Toby, and is ready to begin a new chapter in her life - one without being bullied, abused and controlled. She has meticulously planned it all, even changing her own name by deed poll to Ellen Newman...similar enough to feel recognisable but different enough so hopefully she can not be found by Toby.

After six months abroad she finds a job in a small coastal town, nannying for the small daughter of criminal psychologist, Donovan.

Ellen seems to settle well into the household, with exception to the frosty welcome she receives from Donovan's PA, Carla, but after a while strange things start occurring at the house. Donovan has received threats from a particularly nasty client, so fear sets in as they try to determine exactly who is being targeted, and who is doing to targeting.

This is the first offering I have read from Sue Fortin, and I really enjoyed it. She has a natural and addictive writing style that keeps you eager to keep turning the pages. The suspense builds quickly, the description is vivid and atmospheric, and the characters are extremely well written and developed. I especially liked Donovan.

I would urge anyone who enjoys a good, fast paced psychological thriller to read it - you won't be disappointed!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychologically Thrilling!
I picked up this book knowing I needed something I could get my teeth into, as a distraction from life. Closing in did the trick. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Sheryl S. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Great character development
A very enjoyable read. Great character development. The incidental setting descriptions had me feeling as if I were right there with the characters. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Anneli
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
Absolutely loved this story. It was well written, fast-paced, and thrilling and romantic all at once. I wanted Ellen to have a better life. I wanted her to leave her past behind. Read more
Published 1 month ago by N Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense with a lick of romance!
Reading this book is like watching a tense episode of a TV crime drama. We know that Helen has run away from her old life but who has followed? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Queen B
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Read!
I loved this book. Such depth to the characters, especially Ellen and Donovan, who both have a few demons to face and secrets to reveal in this thrilling tale of love and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by MrsRave
5.0 out of 5 stars This was one of my best reads
Oh this was just an excellent read from Sue Fortin. I was well captivated from page to page.

Having to leave her abusive partner behind, she had to run as far as she... Read more
Published 2 months ago by read-along-with-Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't put it down
Sue definitely didn't disappoint - this book was just as good as her last - I read it in a day .... Hurry up Sue I can't wait until next one 😄
Published 3 months ago by TDB200461
5.0 out of 5 stars Tense, romantic and fast-paced.
Closing In has a cast of characters that stay in your head and leave you wondering what they got up to after the story ended. Read more
Published 3 months ago by celia j anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read!
Thoroughly gripping throughout with a fabulous prologue (which you can read below). There were lots of OMG! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kim The Book Worm
4.0 out of 5 stars A book - that will leave you second guessing
was given an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of a blog tour to promote 'Closing In' by Sue Fortin, which I am more than happy to do. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Crooksonbooks
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