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The Closer You Get

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So I started this book at bed time lastnight and thought ‘I’ll read a couple of chapters before I sleep’. Oh. My. Goodness. What a book. I had to put it down at chapter 12 and force myself to sleep, my heart still racing thinking about the book. It’s fantastic. And highly suspenseful and extremely unputdownable. Highly recommend you go into this book blind as I did and I guarantee you will struggle to put this down xxx
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Oh, what tangled webs we weave....

Ruby and Harry are in love, they want a life together, happily ever after and all that.... except they are both married to other people.  Other people that they must leave in order to be together. Sounds simple right? They come up with a day and a plan. They are going to tell their spouses they are leaving and meet at a hotel.  But Harry never shows up.  Then Ruby's life blows up.

Ruby loses everything, her job, Harry isn't answering her calls and her soon to be ex-husband seems to be taking their split rather well.  Just when she thinks things can't get worse - they do!

This was a fun, fast, and absorbing read.  I was hanging on every word Mary Torjussen wrote. I was completely riveted to this brilliantly told tale.  The book is told through the POV of both Ruby and Emma (Harry's wife). Both POVs are interesting and both women proved to be interesting in her own right.

This was storytelling at its best. Very entertaining with some mystery, some suspense, and a couple of twists and turns along the way. An enjoyable read which did not disappoint. I loved being the proverbial fly on the wall while reading this one.  There was never a dull moment. The pacing was spot on and everything flowed flawlessly. 

Thank you to Canelo and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.
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3.5 stars.

“Enjoy it while you can, Ruby Dean. I am going to blow up your life.”

The Closer You Get is a fast-paced domestic drama with suspense elements. Ruby had an affair with her boss and had lost her family and her job in the aftermath. What follows is a journey of lies, deceit and revenge.

The story - along with its twists - is not necessarily mind-blowing. It doesn’t bring anything new to the table, but I think it would definitely be a satisfactory experience for readers who are new to domestic suspense.
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Thank you to the author, Canelo and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This was a quick, easy read - plot and main characters were well-written, but all the characters were unlikeable to varying degrees. The pacing was good, with some twists and a bit of angsty menace, all in all a satisfying if not especially memorable read.
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3.5 More drama than thriller

This is a tough review because this story is crafted very well (good writing, interesting characters, well paced) but it was uncomfortable to read. I know that was the intention and it worked on me. There wasn’t one character to root for; they were all horrible. 

There were some twists and surprises, some I saw coming others not so much. I was quite satisfied at the conclusion. It was a quick, entertaining read. 

Thanks to NetGalley, the author and Canelo for a copy in exchange for a review.
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Ruby is married to Tom. Although their marriage is not physically abusive, Tom is rather demeaning towards Ruby and his words hurt her, so she is delighted to find a job to take her out of the house. What makes the job even better is her handsome boss Harry. Soon they both realize that there is a spark between them and so they plan to buy a house and move in together. Ruby can hardly contain her excitement while she is packing to leave Tom. As soon as he returns from work she tells him she is leaving and is somewhat surprised that he does not yell and shout as she anticipated.. She arrives at the hotel and waits for Harry to get there. He does not show up that night, so she assumes that he must have been held up. But when she hears nothing fro.m him the second night, she begins to worry.
This thriller really keeps you reading and wondering. I enjoyed the plot and the characters and thank the publisher and Netgalley for my ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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3.5 Stars rounded up to 4!
Early on in this  psychological thriller from author Mary Torjussen , personal assistant Ruby Dean and her boss, Harry Sheridan, decide to leave their spouses after an 18-month affair and start a life together. Ruby tells her egotistical, emotionally abusive husband, Tom, it’s over and moves out. Then Harry never meets her as planned. At first, Ruby makes excuses for why Harry didn’t keep his word. Perhaps Harry’s wife, Emma, caused a scene or he had an accident. When she returns to work, she’s fired, and Harry is off on a romantic holiday with his wife to celebrate her pregnancy. Devastated, Ruby questions her choices and even considers returning to Tom, but ultimately forges ahead with her new life!  The tension rises as more mishaps and threatening messages leave Ruby unsettled. Ruby must ultimately decide whether to trade her physical safety for her emotional well-being. 
The story builds steadily to an exciting climax and then flat-lines as all the loose ends are tied up. I appreciated the characters and felt compassion for Ruby and her situation! Watching her unfold into a new woman was cool!  But again, the story goes flat with the ending.....wasn't quite what I was expecting!
Thank you to Berkley, NetGalley and Mary Torjussen for the ARC!
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The Closer You Get by Mary Torjussen is exactly the distraction I needed in these trying and anxious days.  I cannot wait to read more from this new to me author, as I so enjoyed this immersive and twisty read.

Ruby has fallen hard for her boss, Harry, and the feelings seem to be mutual.  The pair, both married to other people, conspire to leave their spouses and move in together.  When Ruby tells her controlling husband Tom the news, he outwardly takes it all in stride.  With this hurdle behind her, Ruby rushes off to begin a new life with Harry, but there is a glitch; Harry fails to turn up at the agreed upon rendezvous.  Ruby's life is about to take a turn from bad to much, much worse.

I was hooked on this one from the word go.  If you are looking for a twisty and suspenseful diversion that will pull you into a very tangled web, this is it.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Canelo for this ARC.
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An absolutely mesmerising read - one I literally couldn’t put down. Every time I thought I had worked out what was going on another twist sent me another way. Classically grilling and brilliant.
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Wow I loved this book finished it in 2 days and would of been one if I never had plans last night.such a different story to what I normally read and I was hooked from first page the characters are brilliantly written and I felt myself rooting for Ruby she was definitely my favourite and after all the stuff she’s been through she’s definitely deserves a happy ending but will she get it?

I definitely recommend this book and would love to read more by this author myself.
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Gripped from the very first page until the last one.  Tense, and taut. A brilliant book well written by a brilliant author.
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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.

With lots of plot twists and turns, its jam packed with love, jealousy and manipulation. 

A sinister, addictive read that is already at the top of my list for 2020!

Definitely an edge of your seat thriller that I'd highly recommended to anyone!

Massive thanks to netgalley and Canelo for the ARC.
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Thank you Net Galley and Canelo for an early release of this fantastic book, WHOA what characters!! I never wanted this book to end, it was Fantastic!  What an interesting plot, I Loved it!! By far one of the best books I’ve read!
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Oh this was just brilliant!  Plenty of flawed characters all looking out just for themselves. Narcissism and selfishness abounds in this book with plenty of secrets and lies. Some of the characters can't believe life is not going the way it was planned and it isn't clear who is pulling the strings and why.
So many twists and turns and some rather implausible coincidences, but I would urge you not to examine them too much, just go with the flow and enjoy the ride. My type of book, I loved this one.
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Harry and Ruby are in love. The only problem, they are married to other people! They decide to leave their spouses on Friday night and meet at a hotel. Ruby shows up at the hotel but Harry never does. What happened to Harry? Why did he change his mind? There is so many awesome twists and turns in this book and just when you think nothing else can go wrong, whammo another twist! I read this book very quickly as I needed to know what was going on! This book has everything a great thriller needs, love, jealousy, and revenge! I received an advanced readers copy and all opinions are my own.
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Finished reading 'The Closer You Get' by Mary Torjussen. In this domestic drama meets psychological thriller co-workers Ruby and Harry decide to leave their spouses to start a new life together. However, when Harry doesn't turn up on the decided place and time, Ruby's life is shattered. Someone knows about her affair and are determined to punish her. From losing her job to being stalked, Ruby has to face it all.

The prologue is what grabs the attention of the reader as we are informed of a possible murder being committed and witnessed. What follows next is a crazy ride full of twists involving affairs, lies, revenge and secrets being exposed. Almost all the characters of this book were highly unlikable and though some of the twists were predictable, nonetheless, this was an easy to read book with an entertaining storyline.

Overall 3.5 stars for this enjoyable domestic suspense.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Really enjoyable read. The characters are well developed and the story unfolds at a nice pace. A few twists but nothing really jaw dropping. That said, I couldn't call the ending.
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Thanks to Netgalley and Canelo for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Ruby is in an unhappy marriage with Tom. She starts a new job and almost immediately starts an affair with her boss, Harry. They make a plan to leave their spouses and meet up a hotel. Ruby follows the plan but Harry doesn't show up and she finds herself fired while Harry is off on holiday with his pregnant wife. 

This was an easy quick read that kept me engaged. It was a little predictable in places but overall a good read. I would read more from this author.
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Mary Torjussen May not be as well known as some other authors of Psychological Suspense -YET....
BUT, she should be!!  

I REALLY enjoyed this tale of adultery and deceit! 
Nothing is as it seems in this twisty novel! 

Here is all you need to know: 

The players : 

Ruby is married to Tom, but in love with her boss, Harry, who is married to Emma. 

The plot: 

Harry and Ruby have selected a day to tell their spouses that they are leaving, and he has booked a hotel room for them to meet in, after their spouses have been told. 

Ruby follows through on their plan, but Harry never shows up and now he is ghosting her. 
And, if that isn’t bad enough, she gets FIRED from her job, too! 

WHO or WHAT caused the plan to change?

I’m not telling.

But, I will say...I had fun finding out! 

Mary Torjussen is three for three for me, with this being my favorite so far! 

Thank you to NetGalley, Berkeley and the author for the digital ARC I received in exchange for a candid review!
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For quite a few years Ruby has been miserable in her marriage with Tom. So when she meets Harry,kind and sweet,she can't help but fall for him. This feeling is mutual but there is a problem:Harry is her boss and he is also married. After 18 months of seeing each other in secret they finally decide to be together. The plan is simple:on the same evening Ruby will leave her husband and Hary will leave his wife,Emma. After that they will meet in a hotel,spend a few days there and then figure things out from there. Ruby follows the plan,but Harry never shows up. Moreover, she is fired from her job. So she has to start over her life. But there are sinister things happening. 
There were very little thriller elements in this book. They don't even start until the half point. The book is told from the perspectives of both Ruby and Emma,switching every few chapters. The majority of the book is a character study. You get to know these two women and all their problems. I think if it was in a literary fiction genre it would have worked better, but it was supposed to be a thriller. Thing is, I figured out what was happening and who was behind it the second it happened for the first time. And then I couldn't understand how Ruby could be so stupid and not realize what was happening. Does she know so many people who like to play cruel mind games? 
As a thriller it was a let down, unfortunately. But it was well written and fast paced, I read it in two sittings. 2.5 stars.
Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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