Review: “Come Closer” by Sara Gran

Come Closer” is beautifully creepy. A little haunting and definitely chilling if you let yourself think about it too much when you’re done.

About the Book

Book Review: "Come Closer" by Sara Gran
“Come Closer” by Sara Gran

“A recurrent, unidentifiable noise in her apartment. A memo to her boss that’s replaced by obscene insults. Amanda—a successful architect in a happy marriage—finds her life going off kilter by degrees. She starts smoking again, and one night for no reason, without even the knowledge that she’s doing it, she burns her husband with a cigarette. At night she dreams of a beautiful woman with pointed teeth on the shore of a blood-red sea.

The new voice in Amanda’s head, the one that tells her to steal things and talk to strange men in bars, is strange and frightening, and Amanda struggles to wrest back control of her life. A book on demon possession suggests that the figure on the shore could be the demon Naamah, known to scholars of the Kabbalah as the second wife of Adam, who stole into his dreams and tricked him into fathering her child. Whatever the case, as the violence of her erratic behavior increases, Amanda knows that she must act to put her life right, or see it destroyed. ” — Amazon

My Review

Watch what you wish for.

After her losing her mother when she was just a toddler and having a stepmother who never wanted kids, Amanda wanted someone to love her always and never leave. She imagined such a woman as a young child. Now, as an adult, a version of that same woman appears in her dreams.

But is the woman still part of her imagination, and is Amanda going mad? Or is the woman a demon, slowly possessing Amanda while destroying her life?

I saw “Come Closer” on a list of recommended psychological thriller backslash horror novels. Before I go any further, there’s something you should know — I don’t ever read horror stories. They stick in my thoughts like super glue and give me nightmares. However, the description of this book, along with my trust in this particular list, made it a must-read. Plus, it was short. Just under 200 pages. If it scared me out of my socks, at least it would be over fairly quickly.

And it was. I finished it in two sittings. (I had to put it down — under a pile of blankets — at sundown. I’m chicken, I know.)

The story was predictable. Let me say that. You don’t have to believe in demonic possession to know what’s most likely going to happen. Yet, surprisingly, the fact that you can figure out how it ends from the very beginning is not a deterrent to reading the entire book. Or getting lost in it.

Since the story is told in Amanda’s first person POV, there’s something possessing about the book itself. Amanda narrates her life as it slowly slips out of her control. Things start happening that will make you — at the very least — cringe.

“Come Closer” is beautifully creepy. A little haunting and definitely chilling if you let yourself think about it too much when you’re done. It’s also an extremely fast read that you’ll fly through and finish before you know it.

I only wish it was longer simply because I wish I was still reading it.

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