Friday, 15 March 2019

#BlogTour Closer Than You Think by Darren O'Sullivan


Today it's my turn on the BlogTour Closer Than You Think by Darren O'Sullivan. It's a gruesome psychological thriller with a cruel, vindictive vibe and a small glimmer of hope peaking through the curtains

About the Author
Darren O'Sullivan is the author of #1 bestsellers, Our Little Secret and Close our Eyes. Darren has had his books translated for the Polish Market and has enjoyed bestseller status in America, Canada and Australia with both titles. His third psychological Thriller, Closer Than You Think, is out now.

When Darren isn't writing, he is doing one of two things. He is either in a theatre, where he directs and produces small scale theatre tours for young performers to hone their craft. Or he is rolling around on the floor, pretending to be a dinosaur with his 3 year old.

Follow @darrensully @HQStories @HQDigitalUK on Twitter,
Buy Closer Than You Think


About the book
He’s watching. She’s waiting.

Having barely escaped the clutches of a serial killer, Claire Moore has struggled to rebuild her life. After her terrifying encounter with the man the media dubbed The Black-Out Killer, she became an overnight celebrity: a symbol of hope and survival in the face of pure evil. And then the killings stopped.

Now ten years have passed, and Claire remains traumatised by her brush with death. Though she has a loving and supportive family around her, what happened that night continues to haunt her still.

Just when things are starting to improve, there is a power cut; a house fire; another victim found killed in the same way as before.

The Black-Out Killer is back. And he’s coming for Claire…

Review
*Smacks O'Sullivan round the back of the head for the end of the story* That's just plain old twisted and grisly. Just Saying.

Poor Claire is still traumatised and full of fear, even ten years after being attacked by a brutal killer. She has trouble remembering the events of the evening that changed her life in such a big way. What she does remember is how afraid she was and still is.

Society expects us deal with things, to put traumatic events behind us. Put a brave face on and get on with life. Of course a bystander will always think they are in a position to give the best advice. However, none of them have fear stalking them like a predator in the tall grass.

For Claire nearly every normal daytime situation can turn into a trigger and send her into extreme anxiety and paranoia. The paranoia plays a large part in the story, because Claire thinks the killer is hiding behind every door, noise and face, even the faces of people she loves and trusts.

But that isn't the way the book starts, it starts with an invisible darkness that sits and waits for the right opportunity. The opportunity to create a perfect situation to take a life. The Black-Out killer watches and enjoys the thrill of expectation. He stalks, plans and waits.

You have this bizarre juxtaposition of the victim Claire in fear and pain, and the killer having a load of fun just killing people when he feels like it.

It's a gruesome psychological thriller with a cruel, vindictive vibe and a small glimmer of hope peeking through the curtains. O'Sullivan has this way of creating a character with the feel of a smiling creepy predator, who wants to lure you into the storm drain. You have no choice, but to watch your back.

Buy Closer Than You Think at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ Digital; pub date 15 Mar. 2019. (ecopy pub date 15 March 2019Paperback pub date 30 May 2019) Buy at Amazon com.


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