Many thanks to Anne Cater and Orenda for the blog tour invite and ARC, here is my review of ‘The Closer I Get’ by Paul Burston, for my stop on the tour today:
Tom is a successful author, but he’s struggling to finish his novel. His main distraction is an online admirer, Evie, who simply won’t leave him alone.
Evie is smart, well read and unstable; she lives with her father and her social-media friendships are not only her escape, but everything she has.
When she’s hit with a restraining order, her world is turned upside down, and Tom is free to live his life again, to concentrate on writing.
But things aren’t really adding up. For Tom is distracted but also addicted to his online relationships, and when they take a darker, more menacing turn, he feels powerless to change things. Because maybe he needs Evie more than he’s letting on.
What does TWG think?
Several days ago, The Guardian newspaper published an article written by Paul Burston’s inspiration for his new novel, ‘The Closer I Get’. The article explained just how many similarities the author himself has with the characters of the book. Now, I had already read the book when the article was published, and I have to say that my heart went out to Paul Burston for what he went through. Having already appreciated the storyline for the eye opening work that it was, the story grew in depth with the newfound knowledge under my belt.
For me personally, even though Evie was the antagonist of the storyline, I found her character to be one that was highly addictive and extremely compelling. I’ll even go as far to say that she got under my skin. I know that she was in the wrong and that she was psychotic with a capital P, but her character managed to to twist me round to her way of thinking without me even noticing the change. I didn’t want to side with such a manic and obsessive personality, however Paul Burston had me hanging on her every word.
Poor Tom is the victim in the book. That said, he wasn’t exactly likeable! I’m not saying he deserved being stalked and what not, not at all. I just couldn’t help but think that he was a bit of a cactus at times.
The premise of ‘The Closer I Get’ is very apt with today’s society, and the fact that nearly everyone uses social media for one thing or another. It’s not until you’re faced with storylines such as these, that the dark side of social media is revealed and honestly, it’s a bit scary in the wrong hands!
I thought that Paul Burston’s writing was magnetic and deeply moving. His storytelling enriched me deep within and I couldn’t help but be hooked on the obsessive, intense and extremely chilling read which showcases how even the most simple things can be misconstrued.
An absolutely brilliant book with flawed personalities and a socially apt storyline. Probably one of the best books I’ve read this year.