Review: She Lies Close

A psychological thriller with a build up that falls flat. 

She Lies Close by Sharon Doering | Publisher: Titan Books | Publication Date: November 2020 | Genre: Psychological Thriller | Find it on: Goodreads

After a family shattering divorce Grace Wright takes her two children and moves into a new house where they can start their new life. She knew it would be an adjustment. She didn’t know her new neighbor was a suspected pedophile and person of interest in the disappearance of Ava Boone. A girl the same age at Grace’s own daughter. 

But Grace knows she’ll do anything to protect her child. Even if she can’t remember the details the next day. 

Based on plot alone, this book should be a perfect fit for me. It triggers all the right instincts, it plays with the reliability of memory, and there’s a cold case to solve. ✅✅✅

But it wasn’t. 

I wanted to enjoy this book. It was well-written and the plot moved quickly, but there were so many subplots things started to move a little too quickly. There’s the cold case of Ava Boone, a rabies scare, possible hallucinogenic side-effects from medications (yes, multiple medications), sleep deprivation, the murder of Grace’s neighbor, a cop love interest, a repentant husband…

The main plot fell flat under the weight of so many detours and I was never able to quite empathize with Grace. In fact, by the end of the book I actively disliked her. That alone wouldn’t necessarily be a deal breaker for a psychological thriller, but this one does require you to care about the narrator to care about the story. 

And I just didn’t. 

I even set this one aside for a week after finishing it to see how it would sit after reading, but by the time I came back to review it I’d already forgotten I’d read it.

I think this is a case of “not the right book for me.” Doering writes well, and the story may be a better fit for you than it was for me, but I still recommend you get this one from the library instead of preordering.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

*Thanks to Titan Books and Netgalley for the ARC*

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