Closer To You
By Adam Croft
Rated: 5 stars *****
It gives me great pleasure to present my review for Adam Croft’s latest book – Closer To You. Firstly, many congratulations to Adam Croft. This is his publication day. I thank Adam Croft and Joanne Croft for inviting me to review for them and for sending me an e-book proof copy.
Readers are in for a treat of a book that is unputdownable as this psychological thriller unfolds.
What if your loved one wanted you dead?
Grace wants to spend the rest of her life with Tom. She needs to. Because otherwise he’ll kill her.
He’s the perfect gentleman. He’s kind, attentive and caring. Her family love him. And he needs Grace dead. But why?
As the feeling grows that Tom is not as perfect as he seems, he begins to slowly and systematically destroy her life. Can she discover the truth and escape with her life?
Closer To You is a chilling and eloquent thriller that you willl find wanting to be closer to you and indeed have in your grasp.
This is an enthralling, sinister psychological thriller about how someone can play mind games, whilst slowly entrapping the chosen victim.
The cover is perfect for this book. Almost poetic, with a sense of symmetry for what is to come within. The butterfly is used to great effect, almost poetic even, throughout the book.
Grace used to be like a butterfly. Life was going well, she was free and had spread her wings. She wanted love. She met Tom on a dating app. All seems innocent enough, after all, they both want their happy ever after. Tom, having been in a previous relationship, is ready for someone new.
This book, however is by Adam Croft and the front cover depicts a butterfly trapped in a jar. So, this isn’t going to be like a full on romance. It is indeed an all-encompassing, all-powerful psychological journey.
Tom is an intricate, complex character of all loveliness and I imagine him as being very attractive; but underneath all that, is something very different. He is like the jar and she, the butterfly, his butterfly. The butterfly is cleverly used in a few different ways, from the Grace’s position in the relationship, to it being a nickname.
This writing is slick, and yet there is a certain eloquence about it. Adam Croft has cleverly weaved the intelligence and tenderness of the butterfly with the chilling, unsettling part of Tom and the calculated abuse that goes on.
There is a mix of the light, everyday lives of the characters with the calculating, darkness of Tom. This never jars, it always flows well as the days move onwards, always hooking and reeling in, like Tom is reeling in his chosen woman/victim. Although of course you are safer just reading, as nothing will happen to you, except the sense of gladness that you’ve read such an excellent book.
There is a shift when Grace starts to realise what could be happening. There are also very good twists and turns as an ex of Tom’s makes contact via email. This encounter is timely placed and keeps the story moving on as more can be discovered about Tom. Then the story picks up even more intrigue as the search is on for Jess, where there are more unexpected twists and turns. Just when you think everything is over, the suspense and tension and events are ramped up again.
There is also an absolutely perfect ending to this psychological thriller.
Adam Croft’s books, I have come to realise, never disappoint. You’re always in for a really good page-turning read. Whether it is a thriller, psychological thriller or a police procedural, Adam seems to be able to cover it all with skill and aplomb.
About the Author
His 2015 worldwide bestseller Her Last Tomorrow became one of the bestselling books of the year, reaching the top 10 in the overall Amazon Kindle chart and peaking at number 12 in the combined paperback fiction and non-fiction chart.
His Knight & Culverhouse crime thriller series has seen huge popularity worldwide, with his Kempston Hardwick mystery books being adapted as audio plays starring some of the biggest names in British TV.
In 2016, the Knight & Culverhouse Box Set reached storewide number 1 in Canada, knocking J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child off the top spot only weeks after Her Last Tomorrow was also number 1 in Canada. The new edition of Her Last Tomorrow also reached storewide number 1 in Australia over Christmas 2016.
During the summer of 2016, two of Adam’s books hit the USA Today bestseller list only weeks apart, making them two of the most-purchased books in the United States over the summer.
In February 2017, Only The Truth became a worldwide bestseller, reaching storewide number 1 at both Amazon US and Amazon UK, making it the bestselling book in the world at that moment in time. The same day, Amazon’s overall Author Rankings placed Adam as the most widely read author in the world, with J.K. Rowling in second place.
In January 2018, Adam’s bestselling book to date, Tell Me I’m Wrong became a worldwide bestseller and quickly went on to outsell Her Last Tomorrow.
Adam has been featured on BBC television, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, the BBC World Service, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The Bookseller and a number of other news and media outlets.
In March 2018, Adam was conferred as an Honorary Doctor of Arts, the highest academic qualification in the UK, by the University of Bedfordshire in recognition of his services to literature.
Adam presents the regular crime fiction podcast Partners in Crime with fellow bestselling author Robert Daws.