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The Closer You Get

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OMG. This domestic thriller with its drama and suspense was exactly what I needed to keep my mind occupied. Author Mary Torjussen kept me so focused on the story that I hardly blinked. I just had to know the truth. And wow. Just wow.

With the world crisis and suffering from vertigo today, Siri read out the story for me. I thought this book would work out brilliantly as an audiobook. Ruby and Harry were going to leave their spouses and spend life together. Harry didn't turn up after Ruby bid goodbye to her controlling husband. Later she found some truths about Harry which threw her off.

The Closer You Got, the farther the truths were. I thought the author played me brilliantly when she made me chase after the characters to get to their truths. Each one wore a cloak made of shadows where the truth and lies shone at different times.

The Closer I Got, the more intrigued I was. The author had sprinkled the prose with suspenseful scenes which came just at the right moment to make this book a cut above the routine domestic thrillers. Each character lied, yet spoke the truth.

The Closer I Got, the more I couldn't leave my kindle alone. I had to know the truth at any cost, that was the most fun I had over the weekend. A midnight read/listen that it was, the story was well worth the sacrifice of my sleep. An entertaining read.
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Coworkers Ruby and Harry are in love—but they’re married to other people. They decide to tell their spouses that their marriages are over and to start a new life together. Ruby has wanted to leave her controlling husband for a while, so she tells him she’s leaving and waits at the hotel where she and Harry are to meet. But Harry never shows up. .
Suddenly, Ruby has lost everything. Harry won’t answer her calls, and she’s fired from her job. She finds a cheap apartment in a run-down part of town, all the while wondering what happened to Harry. .
Just as Ruby thinks she’s hit rock bottom, strange and menacing things start to happen—someone is sneaking into her apartment, and someone is following her home late at night—and she is going to have to fight for her survival.
.What a journey this book takes you on!

I literally devoured this one, I absolutely loved how it slowly unfolded and took you to places you were least expecting!

The characters were well executed, believable and both likeable and REALLY unlikeable.

Telling the story of Ruby with her excessively controlling husband Tom and her boss Harry with his wife Emma, you see the story slowly unfold of how these 4 main characters emerge together.

Ii really enjoyed the dual POV' from Ruby & Emma, the wife and the Other Woman. Written fantastically well and showing just how strong and resilient these main character's can be, even after being down trodden for years.
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The Closer You Get is Mary Torjussen’s third psychological thriller and a solid and addictive piece of suspense fiction right from the off. Personal assistant Ruby Dean and her boss Harry Sheridan decide to leave their marriages to begin a new life together after an eighteen month long affair. Ruby is relieved having been plucking up the courage to leave her emotionally abusive husband, Tom, for a while. So she informs Tom that it’s over between them and off she trots. However, Harry never arrives at their agreed meeting place, a local hotel,  but Ruby holds out hope that there’s a good explanation for it. She plays possible scenarios over in her head. Then she returns to work and finds herself fired and discovers that Harry and his wife, Emma, have embarked on a romantic holiday to celebrate Emma’s pregnancy. Ruby struggles and absolutely everything she tries to do blows up in her face. She even considers retuning to Tom but luckily decides against it. With no job, no stable home and the fact that she is receiving threatening messages can she find her feet again after all of the devastation?

As far domestic suspense novels go this is great with an extremely tense plot, an engaging cast of characters and a twisty narrative with some unpredictable moments. There was never a dull moment and the breakneck pace made this a fun, fast and highly entertaining thriller. The writing style draws you in, captures your interest and never lets you go until the end; this is storytelling at its finest. The icing on the proverbial cake was that it was told from both Emma and Ruby’s perspectives making it fully rounded and riveting to see both women’s thoughts and feelings. There are places where it is a little predictable but for the most part it manages to provide some surprises and I found it flowed so beautifully that it was tough to place down. This is the perfect escapist read for our strange times as it doesn’t require too much brainpower. It’s cleverly crafted and revolves around issues of love, hate, domestic abuse, manipulation, secrets, lies, betrayal, deception and jealousy making this an intense and red herring-filled story. Many thanks to Canelo for an ARC.
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A good read with plenty of twists and an ending that I did not see coming. This is a story with a lot of deceit and a lot of lies. Four people in two marriages with secrets and lies of their own.

Thank you to Netgalley for my copy.
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A highly addictive, sordid, twisty read that seems obvious enough but just when you think you know what's going on, a new point of view is introduced and now you gotta just keep going and see where this fun read takes you. I highly enjoyed this great story.
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This is my first experience of Mary Torjussen and I look forward to reading more.  This psychological thriller is gripping from the start and, although the theme of a life-changing event is a familiar trope in contemporary fiction, this story is original and very well written.  It would be difficult to discuss the plot without giving away the many twists; suffice it to say that it is engrossing throughout.
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This is my second book by this author, but definitely not my last.  This book shows her talent of writing a great suspenseful, chilling story, but which is truly realistic and possible.  The characters are well developed, which makes the storyline develop in a style that makes you yearn to find out more.  There’s thrills, chills, suspense, and shocks, but you do not have to suspend belief to believe it could happen!  Absolutely one of the best written books, which will definitely keep you flipping pages!  Highly, highly recommend!  
Will make sure I buzz it up on all the different platforms!
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The Closer You Get by Mary Torjussen will keep you really close to this book until you finish as well as on the edge of your seat. Why is it that we like to read stories of betrayals, deceptions and secrets? Ruby and Harry work together and they fell in love. The madly, truly forever kind of love that wraps you up so tight that all you can think about is each other. So they make an arrangement to leave their spouses on the same day and meet up in a romantic hotel room to start their new life together. Ruby follows through and heads to the hotel, only Harry never shows up. He will not answer her calls or texts and she is left worried and frantic over what happened to him.

She shows back up to work again and gets fired...and someone is a little less tactful than they should have been and slips up about knowing about what happened with Ruby and Harry. She finds an apartment and moves from the house she shared with her husband. Strange things start happening and she does not know who to suspect. Is her husband stalking her? Why won't Harry call her back?

The plot moves quick and this story is told through different perspectives. I do not want to go into too much detail on the plot. The story gets really complicated and the characters are pushed to their limits on what they can and cannot handle. Mary Torjussen is great at building the tension throughout the novel. The more independent Ruby becomes, the stranger her life becomes. Terrific suspense building and viewed from the eyes of two vibrant women.

I highly recommend The Closer You Get and it is definitely deeper than a beach read... my mind is thinking of all the themes that come up in this novel.. but I do not dare mention any more than I already have. The story, the ending, the way that everything circles back in different parts of the book...well done!

Thank you to NetGalley, Canelo publishing, and author Mary Torjussen for the temporary, digital advance review copy for me to read and enjoy. As always, my opinions are my own.
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The twisted tale of two women, Ruby and Emma, and their husbands Tom and Harry (Dick is missing but they both act like one) and the lies, deceit and death that comes from irresponsible and reckless behavior. Alternatively told by the two women, I much preferred the narration by Emma but Ruby finally sees the truth (the lies, that is) and the story wraps up sadly but necessarily, under the circumstances. While the plot is devious, so is everyone in this book. The novel kept my attention solidly about a third of the way in and when I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it and wondering how it would resolve itself. Quite well actually. Recommended for all domestic noir readers - you won’t be disappointed.
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I've read this book in one sitting. Once I started reading it I just couldn't put it down. A clever, twisting and gripping plot. I raced through this book as I just had to know what became of the characters and how this splendid plot unfurled. I certainly wasnt disappointed!
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The Closer You Get was my first Mary Torjussen novel, and I was quite impressed.

She has an easy, natural style which was so easy to read. I was sucked into the story from page one. It's a novel you can sit and read all the way through, without stopping, which I love. It makes getting through all these ARCs, in a reasonable amount of time, so much easier.

The story itself was fairly predictable, yet I do think the red herrings were decent. The characters, none of which were exactly likable, were very well fleshed out and defined. Told from dual narratives, those of Ruby and Emma, I genuinely liked the directions this story took. I'll definitely be reading more of Torussen's books in the future.

Available for purchase in the United States on April 21st.

3.5 stars

Many thanks to the publisher for my review copy.
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A nifty wild thriller!  Ruby falls in love with Harry at work.  Her husband Tom has a sharp tongue and he's not very nice so Harry, oh Harry seems so wonderful.  Everything is going so well that Ruby and Harry decide to leave their spouses.  And then it's not.  Ruby finds she's been left in the lurch and now her great love is ghosting her.  Oh, and she's lost her job, her relationship with Tom, and just about everything else.  THat's before things get crazy.  This is a fast read that totally had me turning pages.  There's a great twist too- no spoilers.  Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.  It's a good one.
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Well, well, well... this book just kept unfolding into so many different webs and lies! Mary Torjussen sure did not disappoint with this one! Very well written and thought out for sure! 

Ruby is married to Tom but their marriage is just coasting along with nothing special about it. Tom has a good job, they have a nice house, they have a stepson Josh. Tom is not abusive to Ruby but his words can cut deep. Ruby is just wanting to get out of the house when she accepts a job herself. From pretty much the first day, Ruby has had her eye on Harry, her boss. They have stolen moments together at work and even go on a work trip to Paris together. 

Harry is married to Emma. Emma has her own business and Harry has a good job himself. They had been trying to have a baby with no luck and Emma can tell that it has put a strain on their marriage or is it something else? Emma is determined to find out what is going on. 

Ruby and Harry have decided that it is time to leave their spouses and move in together. They choose a day and Ruby has all her stuff packed and tells Tom when he gets home that she is leaving. Tom doesn't even really put up a fight which Ruby thought was different. Ruby goes to the hotel that Harry had reserved for the week but he never shows up. Ruby waits and waits all weekend. How could he have done this to her? Now she has already left Tom. Should she go back to him?

I really don't want to give anymore of this book away because it is so, so good. You have to read it. I could not put it down when I started. I just wanted to read and read! You will not be disappointed with this read at all! Great job Mary Torjussen! 

I voluntarily read and reviewed this book and all opinions are my own. Thanks to Netgalley, the author and the publisher for an advanced copy of this book!
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The Closer You Get
by Mary Torjussen 
Penguin Random House 

I love you - you love me - oh, wait ... we’re both married.  Ruby and Harry meet when Ruby begins to work as Harry’s assistant and it’s love at first sight.  After a year and a half, they decide to tell their spouses and begin their life together.  Ruby does exactly that.  Then Harry never shows up, doesn’t call, no communication whatsoever.  Ruby ends up losing her job, her home, but thankfully she also loses her controlling, narcissistic husband.  Is the sacrifice worth it?  She’s followed, hacked online,  things disappear from her apartment with no signs of entry.  She can trust no one.
This was a great ride of suspense.  The plot is engaging, the characters believable, and the writing smooth and expertly done.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and 👍🏻👍🏻

I was given an advanced e copy by NetGalley and Random House in exchange for my review
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Enjoyable emotional domestic thriller. Page turner. Great characters. Plenty of suspense to keep me interested. Would definitely read her next novel. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to review it.
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I quite like it, it started off quick and the fast pacing helped to get in the theme. And although I guessed what would happened wrong, it was a nice surprise to find out the ending and solution. I didn't really like Ruby as a character, but I felt a huge relief for her in the end. And the same goes for Emma.
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The Closer You Get by Mary Torjussen was exactly the kind of escape I needed right now. Thank you @netgalley, @marytorjussen and @canelo_co for this arc. Ruby and her boss, Harry,  are both in love but married to other people. Together they decide to leave their significant others, but Harry doesn’t show up at the hotel on the day they had conspired to run away together. Ruby then goes to work a few days later only to find out she is fired and that Harry has gone on holiday with his now pregnant wife. To add to the heartbreak and confusion, menacing things start happening to Ruby and it’s clear that someone dangerous knows about the affair.

I loved this juicy book so much! I couldn’t put it down. The story was also devised in a way where the reader would find the events believable, that they can happen to anyone we know. I also enjoy books written from more than one POV, so the same situations are seen from completely different angles.

This novel was a popcorn thriller during a time that has been more than difficult for me. I’m happy to have stumbled across it on NetGalley because it was a much-needed escape given everything going on in the world right now. Pick this up for a gripping and suspenseful read that you will easily rush through.
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Another one I finished in one setting. Unputdownable! A little predictable but still intriguing enough to keep me reading. 

Two married characters not happy with their lives fall for each other and decide to leave their spouses. But then...of course nothing goes as they planned. This is a fast paced, sexy novel with so much betrayal and surprises. I was finished before I knew it and then I didn't want it to be over! 

Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and author  for my advanced ebook copy.
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You've left your husband for your fancy man ( who is also your boss) and are waiting for him as arranged in the hotel while he breaks the news to his wife that they're finished.

He never turns up. His phone's switched off and when you turn up to work on Monday your temporary contract has been terminated.

Lots of twists and turns with a happy ending .......for some!

Have now download other titles by this author 😊
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When Ruby meets her new boss Harry, she falls in love and can't wait to start a new life with him, away from her controlling husband Tom.  As Ruby waits for Harry in a hotel, she soon realises that he isn't coming and that he is staying with his wife Emma.  Ruby tries to start a new life by herself and struggles with a dingy flat and a miserable job after losing her job as Harry's PA.  Things take a turn for the worse as bad things start to happen to Ruby and it seems that someone is watching her and trying to get revenge.  Meanwhile, Emma faces her own challenges.  How will this all end for everyone?

Another fantastic book by Mary Torjussen.  I was gripped from the beginning and really enjoyed getting to know the characters.  The plot was brilliant and it had a satisfying ending.  I thoroughly recommend this book and can't wait for Mary's next novel!
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