#BlogTour #BookReview The Closer I get by Paul Barton
My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩
Available: 11th July 2019
Genre: Fiction / Psychological Thriller
Huge thanks to Anne Cater of #RandomThingsTours for my spot on this Blogtour, Karen of #ORENDABOOKS and Paul Burston for writing this brilliant book! Also, for the signed copy I managed to get my dad to go and snag from Nottingham Waterstones haha
Tom is a successful author, but for the first time in his life, he has writer’s block. 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 sick 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 collapses, whilst Tom is free to live his life again, and to concentrate on writing.
But things aren’t adding up. For Tom is also addicted to his online relationships, and when they take a darker, more menacing turn, he’s powerless to change things. Because maybe he needs Evie more than he’s letting
I have come to realise that the best way to approach a story produced by Orendabooks, is to go in expecting the unexpected. There’s just no way to explain how much I love the books this company finds and shares, each one is powerful and surprising in its own very unique way.
This is no exception to that! Paul has created a story which is addictive from the get go, the descriptions gloriously done so that it feels as though the reader has been submerged in the story. You fall in deep without knowing it, and wind up gobbling it up as if starved! I read this in one day because I was desperate to see how the story was going to turn out.
The prose is wonderfully done, it’s light and flows wonderfully to make the book a fast read, and yet there’s so much going on in the story, twists and runs and surprises throughout that it’s far from a light read generally.
The story itself? Absolutely GENIUS!! Take a situation thats wholly relevant for society as it stands. And twist it, turn it, make it something darker while keeping it plausible. That plausibility gives the story an edge that will have you on the edge of your seat, even while you know you should probably atop reading if you don’t want creepy dreams for the next while. But really, with a book this addictive you know there’s no chance you’re going to look away.
The story follows Tom and Evie through a court case, explaining the past and their lives as they currently stand. What makes this so believable, is that both Tom (an author) and Evie (who is being charged with stalking him) are so well described and such rounded characters, that its easy to understand and empathise with both of them to varying degrees. The use of social media in this, Twitter and cyberstalking are cleverly done to make the whole topic more addictive, because it’s all just so RELEVANT!
Paul has woven a fast paced engrossing story that keeps you guessing and engaged from the first to the last words. Not a single page felt like it was out of place or slowed the pace! I can’t wait to see what he brings us next!
About The Author:
Paul Burston is the author of five novels and the editor of two short story collections. His most recent novel The Black Path, was a WHSmith bestseller. His first novel, Shameless, was shortlisted for the State of Britain Award. His third novel, Lovers & Losers was shortlisted for a Stonewall Award. His fourth, The Gay Divorcee, was optioned for television. He was a founding editor of Attitude magazine and has written for many publications including Guardian, Independent, Time Out, The Times and Sunday Times. In March 2016, he was featured in the British Council’s #FiveFilms4Freedom Global List 2016, celebrating “33 visionary people who are promoting freedom, equality and LGBT rights around the world”. He is the founder and host of London’s award-winning LGBT+ literary salon Polari and founder and chair of The Polari First Book Prize for new writing and the newly announced Polari Prize.