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I just finished this book I started it a couple days ago and I would have devoured it in one sitting but, you know life so I gulped down huge chunks of it in whatever reading time I could steal I can t believe it s just under 200 pages I feel like so much happened in these pagescertain things are going to scare certain people Okay Let s just start there Not everything is going to have the same impact on every, single reader because we all come to the story with so much baggage pre I just finished this book I started it a couple days ago and I would have devoured it in one sitting but, you know life so I gulped down huge chunks of it in whatever reading time I could steal I can t believe it s just under 200 pages I feel like so much happened in these pagescertain things are going to scare certain people Okay Let s just start there Not everything is going to have the same impact on every, single reader because we all come to the story with so much baggage preferences, worldviews, triggers, perspectives, pet peeves, history, so much baggage.For me, Sara Gran touches on a subject that hits very close to home So, the protagonist, Amanda I can relate to her.Things happen to her that feel akin to my context.And then when the author starts to turn up the heat and the bubbles begin to gather around the edges of the potthe water starts getting warmand then hothotterand then BOILINGI felt it all I felt everything Amanda did and it just straight terrified me.This book got under my skin in the worst best way.Like, I even wondered about myself there for a minute, you know People who have read this book, are you nodding your head in agreement Did you go over that checklist and you re like, hmmmm, I could score a 3 or a 4 right nowAck shivers Those of you who haven t read this book, this is for you I m recommending this read for people who enjoy those psychological, unreliable narrator, creeping dread, disturbing stories that just getandmessed up and crazy as it goes on.Truly, there were some stand out moment here that if this was a movie, I d cover my eyes.Scary, scary, scary.Maybe not for some I understand that, but it was for ME Big time 4.5 StarsThis is an incredibly short novel that manages to pack a punch in a limited number of pages The details of the story are vivid and memorable, creating a sense of unease.Told in the first person perspective, most of the horror of this book resides within the mind of protagonist This unique choice blends together elements of traditional horror with psychological suspense The story itself is fairly quiet and slow paced with minimal action This story iscontemplative than scary T 4.5 StarsThis is an incredibly short novel that manages to pack a punch in a limited number of pages The details of the story are vivid and memorable, creating a sense of unease.Told in the first person perspective, most of the horror of this book resides within the mind of protagonist This unique choice blends together elements of traditional horror with psychological suspense The story itself is fairly quiet and slow paced with minimal action This story iscontemplative than scary The strength of the story should come from the unreliable nature of the main character Unfortunately, the narrator gives away too much of the plot upfront, which takes away much of the mystery surrounding While not perfect, this is still is a compelling and clever little novel Great literary horror is few and far between, so when my friends at Goodreads started raving about a book called Come Closer, I had to read it.Sara Gran has writtenthan a dark fiction about demon possession, she wrote a book about the female psyche, about the impulse of civilized people to do harm to those we love and those we don t know, and she gave her story a shot of the old turn of the screw by having a pretty, confident architect inadvertently invite the spirit Naamah from Jewish Great literary horror is few and far between, so when my friends at Goodreads started raving about a book called Come Closer, I had to read it.Sara Gran has writtenthan a dark fiction about demon possession, she wrote a book about the female psyche, about the impulse of civilized people to do harm to those we love and those we don t know, and she gave her story a shot of the old turn of the screw by having a pretty, confident architect inadvertently invite the spirit Naamah from Jewish lore to take over her mind and whittle the world away until there is nothing left but these two.Amanda lives in Manhattan with her husband, Edward, and theirs is a solid marriage Trendy restaurants and flea market weekends make up their complacent existence But the tapping in the walls of their small apartment follow them to their dream loft, and one day Amanda receives a book she didn t order on how to tell if you re possessed by a demon complete with quizzes and she starts wondering about puzzling urges that have overtaken her daily life, such as the urge to steal small items from stores or burn her husband with her cigarette or drown the young daughter of a friend At night she dreams of lying on a red beach next to a woman with crazy hair and pointy teeth who hugs her so fiercely she can barely breathe Then come the blackouts and the coming to consciousness in hotel rooms with strange men She starts scoring higher on the quizzes, but is she really possessed, or is it a case of a woman on a downward spiral into insanity Many of the popular horror story tropes don t really affect me Vampires, zombies, slasher killers, monsters But demonic possession always freaks me out a little Losing control of myself has always been one of my biggest fears, and the idea that a purely evil spirit is capable of controlling my susceptible body, soul, and thoughts is a little nerve wracking This book is a very well done portrait of one woman as she slowly loses that control.Author Sara Gran skillfully crafts this perfectly pa Many of the popular horror story tropes don t really affect me Vampires, zombies, slasher killers, monsters But demonic possession always freaks me out a little Losing control of myself has always been one of my biggest fears, and the idea that a purely evil spirit is capable of controlling my susceptible body, soul, and thoughts is a little nerve wracking This book is a very well done portrait of one woman as she slowly loses that control.Author Sara Gran skillfully crafts this perfectly paced descent How terrifying would it be to lose long lengths of time from your day, not knowing what happened, or what you did during that time I love the subtlety and control of tone Gran maintains through most of the book It s not all out horror, but instead it s a great psychological exploration, creepy and hypnotic By the way, this little book has some great covers Here s probably the coolest cover I read Come Closer in one day it was an exceptionally short read and in broad daylight And while I was reading it, I was thinking yeah, good story, interesting, creepy, but not downright scary All along I was thinking that it wouldn t affect me the way other books movies about possession would The Exorcist traumatized me severely as a kid I kept thinking that if I slept in my bed it would start shaking and I would be possessed Yes, yes, I had an extremely active imagination like most I read Come Closer in one day it was an exceptionally short read and in broad daylight And while I was reading it, I was thinking yeah, good story, interesting, creepy, but not downright scary All along I was thinking that it wouldn t affect me the way other books movies about possession would The Exorcist traumatized me severely as a kid I kept thinking that if I slept in my bed it would start shaking and I would be possessed Yes, yes, I had an extremely active imagination like most eleven year olds, not much has changed now that I m twenty So, I went to bed without fear thinking that I was going to be fine.Cut to me at 2 00 am terrified because I kept hearing taps in my room that were extremely loud and were apparently coming from absoulutely nowhere Amanda kept hearing taps in her house as she was slowly getting possessed , so naturally, I got up, turned on my light, to examine this new development in my room It ended up being my heater The point of this review is to tell anyone who likes horror stories to pick this up even if it isn t gory or Stephen King like horror It s still a freaky little novel that creeps up on you And to those who don t like horror, you should check this out because it s not really out and out horror But just creepy enough to give you a taste of it This was not a bad read It was a nice, quick, change of pace It tells the story of demonic possession from the perspective of the victim It is very atmospheric in the beginning and the author selected an excellent, abandoned setting with the correct number of stray dogs and empty apartments for the story The narrator s thoughts and actions become increasingly disturbing as the plot progresses The story does become predictable fairly early on and the reader will probably guess the ending lon This was not a bad read It was a nice, quick, change of pace It tells the story of demonic possession from the perspective of the victim It is very atmospheric in the beginning and the author selected an excellent, abandoned setting with the correct number of stray dogs and empty apartments for the story The narrator s thoughts and actions become increasingly disturbing as the plot progresses The story does become predictable fairly early on and the reader will probably guess the ending long before they finish the book The book is not intended to read like a mystery novel, however The dramatic irony created by the foreshadowing, and the sense of impending catastrophe and tension created by our knowing what is happening and will probably happen , is what the author excels at The themes are not new however, this book has a unique spin that makes for an entertaining but depressing, read 2.5 stars This was such a weird lil bookBut as much as I try, mostly what I remember is the bedroom filled with blood At under 200 pages, Come Closer is a delightfully fast read Also can I just say how much I fucking love this cover LOOK AT IT Unfortunately, it s not exactly the most original, or exciting The story starts out on a track where you think you know will happen Thenit happens It s very predictable.It was occasionally interesting I will ALWAYS have a soft spot for posses 2.5 stars This was such a weird lil bookBut as much as I try, mostly what I remember is the bedroom filled with blood At under 200 pages, Come Closer is a delightfully fast read Also can I just say how much I fucking love this cover LOOK AT IT Unfortunately, it s not exactly the most original, or exciting The story starts out on a track where you think you know will happen Thenit happens It s very predictable.It was occasionally interesting I will ALWAYS have a soft spot for possession stories, and with such a small page count it was easy to fly through the story But the brevity of the story also worked against it There was barely any time to develop Amanda and Ed as characters It s just like, boom here are your characters and now let the predictably spooky stuff start.It s also really not scary I wanted to be chilled or spooked or creeped out or something I got some cool imagery of a bloody lake and sharp teeth But no chills Which is especially disappointing during my favorite month October, aka Halloween days 1 31I choose you, she said You ll never leave I asked Never, she said Nothing can get me out Really, it neededtime to develop, to make me care about the characters How am I supposed to root for Amanda when I have no sense of what it is she s losing Her family, her career, her identity I know logically what s at stake, but it s hard to care about it at all Come Closer unfortunately never ascends beyond a straightforward, shallow story It sometimes entertains, but fails to achieve anything beyond the predictable &Download Kindle ⇻ Come Closer ☠ If everything in Amanda s life is so perfect, then why the mood swings, the obscene thoughts, the urge to harm the people she loves What are those tapping sounds in the walls And who s that woman following her The mystery behind what s happening to Amanda in Come Closer is so frightening that it ought to carry a warning toreaders People have been talking about this one quite a bit lately, and it s novella length, so I absolutely had to pick it up to see what all the fuss is about I read it in a single sitting, barely realizing that it was nearly 2am by the time I finished.The horror in this book works so well because it s subtle I think also because it s told from the protagonist s POV I ve never read a book where the person who is possessed is also the narrator, so that alone makes this one unique You never know if People have been talking about this one quite a bit lately, and it s novella length, so I absolutely had to pick it up to see what all the fuss is about I read it in a single sitting, barely realizing that it was nearly 2am by the time I finished.The horror in this book works so well because it s subtle I think also because it s told from the protagonist s POV I ve never read a book where the person who is possessed is also the narrator, so that alone makes this one unique You never know if Amanda is possessed or mentally ill, and I think that makes this story much creepier Odd things begin to happen to Amanda slowly She and her husband hear a persistent tapping in the walls of their apartment that they are unable to pinpoint Then the couple who had a normal and healthy relationship prior to the tapping begin to fight all the time Slowly, Amanda s habits and actions begin to change, and before long she s experiencing blackouts and doing things almost as if there is another person controlling her COME CLOSER builds and builds until Amanda realizes she s done something so terrible that she can no longer control herself or banish the demon she was so reluctant to admit was controlling her.I think this book got to me because it isn t like most possession stories This one makes you feel as if demonic possession could happen to anyone, and that it a as easy as catching a cold on the subway The matter of fact, sparse writing makes it feel evenreal The reader will never know if Amanda is possessed or mentally ill, and of course that increased the unsettling feeling I had once I finished the book I m not necessarily as terrified of an unexplained tapping in the walls as much as I am in believing I hear that tapping when nothing is making a sound An interesting read throughout, with a heart wrenching premise, but ultimately lacking the chills I was anticipating.