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Up Close Audio CD – 1 May 2013

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks; Unabridged Audiobook edition (1 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147123133X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471231339
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

Product Description

When Lia Thompson's grandmother dies unexpectedly, she has to return to a cold, creaky house in Norfolk. But as events unfold, she suspects that there is more to her grandmother's death than meets the eye. Aidan Morrell is surprised to see Lia, his teenage crush, back in town. As Lia starts to uncover the truth, she finds herself in a world of increasing danger. Is Aidan someone she can trust?

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I found this novel to be darker and more gripping than the tag/genre 'romantic suspense' suggests. I know Norfolk well from holidaying there - that fact, and the intriguing blurb prompted me to purchase the novel. And I wasn't disappointed. The author has depicted the stripped back beauty of the place and captured the eeriness of the marshes in winter to perfection. The marshes are a character in their own right and act as a kind of fairground mirror, reflecting and distorting the flaws and imperfections of the protagonists. Brooding Aiden, the difficult Susannah, the brother who died from drowning, Connie who won't accept her inheritance -and the mysterious, unexpected death of the heroine's grandmother. Lia (the heroine) feels threatened - and with good cause, but holds her nerve right to the end. Even when exploring the attics and trusting Aiden enough to go diving alone with him. Each page turns up a fresh set of questions until by the end, like Lia, I didn't know who to trust!! I won't say more and spoil the ending (which I didn't see coming, by the way!)I will simply say - if you like romance with a complex plot(and subplots) this is the novel for you. A great debut.
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Up close starts out with a murder, observed by the killer- stalking its prey. From the prologue I was hooked. It is a taut suspense story that unfurled itself as you get deeper into all the secrets of the past. It isn’t just Lia’s past that is haunted, it is Aidan’s too.

Aidan and Lia rekindle their romance but Lia is unsure. As she digs deeper into the mystery she begins to doubt everyone. There is a feeling of tension as the book goes on, leading you up to the reveal. That is why I found it very hard to put down.

Norfolk itself is like a character; adding its own gothic bleakness. At times it almost feels haunted with its foggy marshes and empty winter scenes.

Aidan is lovely character: fiercely loyal, broken but a hero at heart. He is full of mystery and surprise, and not who he first appears to be. I could see why Lia was drawn to him, now and all those years ago. Lia is nobody’s fool and unravels the mystery on a slow boil; always revving the suspense up.

I would consider Up Close as a crime mystery with a romantic element. I loved the dark atmospheric feel to the book, It reminded me of those gothic Mary Stewart novels. I really enjoyed this book from cover to cover- and I would recommend to anyone who likes stories with great dramatic twists at the end.

Up Close is such a unique book that it will stay with me for a long time .
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This novel is romantic suspense at its best - tense, emotional and an edge of the seat read! It had me gripped from the very first page and I didn't want to put it down until I'd reached the heart-stopping conclusion. A heroine with unresolved issues from the past and painful memories she's been suppressing for years. A damaged hero with secrets he can't reveal to anyone, least of all the woman he's loved since his teens. Murder and acts of terrorism. Nosy neighbours and old resentments. Family tensions. A gorgeous, clever little dog who tries to help solve the mystery. All played out against the background of the wild Norfolk coast, vividly described - wild and isolated, but so wonderful the reader is drawn to it just as much as the heroine is. This is a beautifully written story and I would urge you to read it!
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Set in Norfolk in England in a small community with all that entails, Lia's grandmother suffers a fatal heart attack and it falls on Lia to return from the US where she is working as a doctor in ER to put her grandmother's affairs in order.

This is a gripping tale, suspenseful with several twists and turns. What I particularly like about Henriette's writing is the way all her characters (even the minor ones) have enough depth to them to make you want to know more about them whether you like their character or not.

There are ordinary details in this book that are described so well that they are never boring or tedious to read, for example, a wayward heating system, a clapped out car and of course, Jack the dog.

I read this book every minute I could spare because although I worked out `who' was responsible I still didn't know `how' until the very end.
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This is definitely not romantic fiction. It belongs far more to the crime genre - more suspense than romantic. An excellent debut novel that I read in almost one sitting, pausing only to watch The Killing III for a couple of hours! Beautifully constructed and a terrific opening, not to mention a wonderful, evocative cover.
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Those clever people at Choc lit tapped into my psyche again and came up with a tempting and enthralling romantic psychological thriller that ticks all my boxes.

Lia Thomson has recently returned to the UK after having moved to the USA where she has a successful career as a doctor. Back in Norfolk, having recently inherited her grandmothers cottaage, where she was brought up, afterthe sudden and rather mysterious death of her Gran. Mysteries from both past and present begin to haunt her, memories of the death of her little brother Eddie return, even though she was only 4 when he died, disturbing nightmares of water and drowning recur and she begins to uncover sinister facets of her Grandmothers life and death.

Having lived here as a child its inevitable that she'll meet some of her former schoolfriends, she becomes reacquaintanced with her former friend Susannah and when she meets Aidan Morrell she finds him very changed from the companion of her youth, years in the army have left him battle scarred and bitter and he seeks solace in his interests of deep sea diving and painting. He's just the complication she doesn't need especially as he is engaged to the rich and successful Brett waiting for her back in the USA.

The whole book has a dark and sinister feel and is much more than just a romantic novel its a tense and quite disturbing thriller which kept me turning the pages well into the night. Highly recomended to anyone who enjoyed Ninepins or Revenge of the Tide
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