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Up Close: A page-turning psychological thriller (Twist in the Tale Book 1) by [Gyland, Henriette]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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If you're looking for a good page-turner, "Up Close" is for you. Ms. Gyland wasted no time in getting to the suspense. I'm a big fan of romantic suspense and this one reminded me a lot of some of the older classics of the genre written by Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt. I loved the setting and the author did such a good job describing it that I felt like I was there watching the scenes take place. If you like suspense novels set in England, and not necessary the big cities, this is one you might like to check out.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3170 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Death by Choc Lit (22 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A3KYSPU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #170,867 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Four stars for this book have really enjoyed the story line from start to finish first time I've heard of this author
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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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Another Brilliant book by this author full of romantic suspence.
Excellent read.
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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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By Beadyjan TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Nov. 2012
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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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