#BookReview Close To Me by Amanda Reynolds


My Review…

Jo Harding has amnesia. She has been told by her husband Rob that she has fallen down the stairs. He keeps repeating this to her! As snippets of memory begin to come back, she questions the circumstances of her fall.

She is having flashbacks of a certain bedroom scene! Rob and her two adult children don’t seem to want to fill in the blanks for her, but why?

Who is the man with the featureless face in her flashback? Was she having an affair? Why does she feel afraid of Rob?

While the story line is good/intriguing, I was confused by the timeline that switched between Before the fall (with different increments of the months) and After the fall. I felt like I was reading different versions of the same events over and over. I also felt the story was being told by Jo, but I wasn’t experiencing it. I was never pulled in or interested in finding out the truth.

Fans of domestic dysfunctional families will probably really enjoy this one! It just lacked the “gripping” factor for me!

Book Description…


Close To Me is a gripping debut psychological drama that will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty’s bestselling The Husband’s Secret, Clare Mackintosh’s I Let You Go, and Linda Green’s While My Eyes Were Closed.

She can’t remember the last year. Her husband wants to keep it that way.

When Jo Harding falls down the stairs at home, she wakes up in hospital with partial amnesia-she’s lost a whole year of memories. A lot can happen in a year. Was Jo having an affair? Lying to her family? Starting a new life?

She can’t remember what she did-or what happened the night she fell. But she’s beginning to realise she might not be as good a wife and mother as she thought.



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