Title: Closer Than You Think by Lee Maguire
Published by: TCK Publishing
Publication date: 22nd October 2018
Meet Bryce Davison, a gifted psychologist who can heal any troubled mind—except his own.
You see, Bryce’s life is falling apart. His marriage is crumbling. His insomnia brings only half-sleep and troubled dreams—visions of dark and buried memories he’d rather forget or ignore completely. And the new female patient in his psych ward just might be more trouble than he’s able to cope with.
…and now he has a stalker.
Somebody’s been watching Bryce for a long time. Somebody who knows his life inside and out—his fears, his regrets, his greatest longings and deepest despairs. Somebody with access to his most private places—his workplace, his home, his family…anywhere Bryce might have felt safe.
They do their dirty work in the shadows… and they want Bryce Davison dead.
So Bryce has got to get his life together. To save his patients. To save his family. To save his marriage…and his life.
Because no matter how close Bryce gets to the deadly truth, the enigmatic stalker is always closer than he thinks.
Thank you to TCK Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
Closer Than You Think is a very interesting psychological thriller that revolves around Bryce Davison, a gifted psychologist who is being stalked and tormented by someone who wants him dead. It’s a race against the clock to uncover the identity of his stalker before his career and his life are destroyed for good.
I’ve read plenty of psychological thrillers before but I’ve never come across the main character having a career as a psychologist and I think this put a pretty interesting spin on the story. The author has also practiced as a psychotherapist and you can definitely tell when reading this. I love when authors do their research but obviously Lee already knows his stuff so I was happy and impressed with the level of attention to detail. Once I settled down and started reading I found myself being easily pulled into the story.
I’m completely drawn to any book that deals with mental health and Closer Than You Think was filled to the brim with many troubled teens who needed Bryce’s help. There was lots of scenes where Bryce is treating his patients and I found that to be the most interesting. I loved how there was the main story about Bryce and his stalker problems and then a side story that dealt with a shocking revelation from one of their female patients. Both stories were running side by side and then at the end they both came together in a way that I was not expecting at all. I think the author did a fantastic job with linking the two stories just in time for big reveal at the end.
Another aspect of this book that I enjoyed was how it almost felt like we were seeing two different personas for Bryce. When he is in work he’s confident, at ease and oozing authority. However, outside of work he struggles with insomnia, a crumbling marriage and of course, a stalker. He is definitely at his most vulnerable. He’s clearly a troubled man with a failing marriage and I loved how the author constantly flipped between these two completely different personas. However, I would have liked the author to delve deeper into Bryce’s own troubled mind as I felt we only saw the tip of the iceberg for that. I did really enjoy how he could heal his patients mind but not his own. That was really what drew me to this book in the first place. I believe this is the first in a series so I’d love to see if he manages to heal his own mind or actually seek help from someone else.
Overall, this was a very interesting psychological thriller. There was lots of unsettling scenes and some very creepy mementos left by the stalker! Lee did a fantastic job with this and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with for the next book.
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