Review: “Closer Than You Think” by Darren O’Sullivan

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Dark, ominous, and downright heart-racing at times, “Closer Than You Think” by Darren O’Sullivan is a straight-forward psychological thriller that increases in intensity as the story progresses.

About the Book

“Closer Than You Think” by Darren O’Sullivan

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…

My Review

Dark, ominous, and downright heart-racing at times, “Closer Than You Think” by Darren O’Sullivan is a straight-forward psychological thriller that increases in intensity as the story progresses. Most of the story centers on the trauma Claire Moore suffered after surviving her would-be murder and death of her husband at the hands of the Black-Out Killer.

Little by little, she shares details of the attack, but what she shares up-front is the damage it did to her both physically and psychologically. Ten years on, she’s struggling to live a normal life. — and making progress. She forces herself to do the most mundane tasks outside of her home, such as going to the store. She visits her late husband’s grave for the first time. And she begins to date a new man.

Since Claire’s perspective is written in first person, you get to feel her anxiety, fear, and apprehension. You might even feel joy and excitement for her when she begins to truly move forward and falls in love again. You might, but you won’t.

Interspersed with Claire’s story is the Black-Out Killer’s. Although it’s written in third person, it creates the ominous and creepy tone of the book. You, the reader, knows he’s out there and coming for her — but Claire does not. Instead, she continues to make strides in moving on with her life. The more strides she makes, the closer he gets.

Cue the music…

Psychological thriller novels are always built around the stressed mental state of at least one character. Elements of mystery, suspense, and paranoia are also incorporated to create palpable tension and lead to the twists. They’re not always fast-paced. Or even medium paced. Sometimes they are slower, because they need to be to create a true thriller.

“Closer than You Think” by Darren O’Sullivan is a slower-paced read. Every important aspect, such as Claire’s mental state, is told in much needed detail. It’s critical that you know her, that you understand her, that you see her getting stronger. It increases the ominous-factor of the book. It ups the creepy vibe. And it makes your heart race and your palms sweat as you start to near the end. The end is where you’ll find the “omg-that didn’t just happen” twist. Even if you see some of it coming (I didn’t), I promise you it will still knock you on your bum.

(You owe it to me to keep writing, O’Sullivan. My bum still ouches because of that ending. 😀 )

About the Author

Darren O’Sullivan is the author of #1 bestsellers, OUR LITTLE SECRET, CLOSE YOUR EYES and CLOSER THAN YOU THINK. His latest, DARK CORNERS came out April 2020. His next. The Players, is due for publication in Jan 2021.

When Darren isn’t writing, he is usually rolling around on the floor, pretending to be a pirate with his 5 year old.

You can follow him on Twitter/instagram @Darrensully or on Facebook via his author page Darren O’Sullivan-author.


  1. Thank you. He’s getting better and better! He’s got one coming out early next year that I can’t wait to read.


  2. I’ve only read one of Darren O’Sullivan’s books and I thought exactly the same. There was tension on every page. Will have to check some more of his books out. Great review!

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