Come Closer Hardcover – 1 Aug 2003
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'What begins as a sly fable about frustrated desire evolves into a genuinely scary novel about possession and insanity. Hypnotic, disturbing, and written with such unerring confidence you believe every word.' (Bret Easton Ellis) 'The power of this sly little novel lies in its ability to do your thinking for you. It rationalises, spooks and psychoanalyses to divert the reading brain while sliding its icicle shard into the warm, pulpy flesh of your dark desires. And Gran's swift finale is very, very cool.' Helen Brown, Daily Telegraph 'It's deeply scary, blurring as it does, the bounds between everyday life and the completely unthinkable. Just don't read it alone in a house with noisy plumbing.' Fiona Hook, The Times 'Sara Gran's swift, stylish narrative quickly leads to a terrifying place where anything at all might happen.' Mail on Sunday 'Completely gripping, constantly surprising and truly disturbing, it is one of the most powerful books I have read in a long time. That is it about possession is very apt - it is utterly consuming from start to finish.' Zembla Magazine 'I read this brilliant novel in an evening, hooked from the first page.' Uncut --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
SARA GRAN lives in New Orleans. Come Closer, the first of her novels to appear in the UK, has now been published in fourteen countries. Dope is her third novel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Although short and with a pretty straightforward plot, this is also a thought provoking novel. How reliable a narrator is Amanda? Is she possessed - or mad? How complicit is she in her possession by Naamah? Not all of those questions are resolved by the ending, which means that the story lingers in the mind even after you have finished reading the novel. This is a really good book, but I wouldn't read it in a big, empty house with branches tapping against a window in a gale - not if you want to get to sleep that is!
Its about the loss of control, something most people can relate to and in that way the boo is very powerful. The Film Company Miramax has picked up the story and this is not surprising as the characters are vivid and the book is well written and as a film it will probably be very frightening.
The main problem with the book is its length it feels slightly rushed it only took me two hours to read. The twist in the end is good but it comes after a few chapters that seem blurred, although this is possibly the aim of Gran, I found that it didn't fit with the rest of the story that seemed to be developing well. It's a book I would recommend if you want a quick thought-provoking book, if you want a more jumpy absorbing horror then this probably isn't what you are looking for.
This one is truly original.
But soon Amanda's mental equipoise is put to the strain and it is the beginning of her slow decline. It all begins with the sound of tapping she seems to hear more and more frequently, only when Edward is present. Then she is harassed by nightmares and soon she shows signs of severe kleptomania and her perception of time becomes confused. She cannot say for sure if she is speaking or if it is her inner "Naamah". Inevitably her psychotic behaviour is bound to lead to crime...
A swift and rather stylish narrative about the loss of sanity. "Don't read it alone" advises The Times. Well, most readers will safely survive even if they read "Come Closer" alone!
Brilliantly blurs the lines between the possibility of possession and the idea of really serious mental health issues!
I thought the narrative structure was superb and led to an extremely satisfying and haunting conclusion.
Recommended to fellow fans of The Exorcist as an engaging and thoroughly contemporary interpretation of demonic possession.
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