Book review: Come Closer by Sara Gran

Synopsis

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.

Review

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this novella but I was pleasantly surprised by it! It was a really quick read for me, had I not started it late at night, it would have been a one sitting read.

This is a really fast paced story of demonic possession that had elements of humour between the horror and emotion.

The main character in this story was reminiscent of the main character in The Bus on Thursday, which I read earlier this year. She was a little bit sassy and sarcastic but was also trying desperately to hold her life together. Following her through the story was an enjoyable and strange experience.

The downfall of this is that it’s almost too fast paced. You’re never quite fully in the know, and maybe that was intentional, but I feel like more could have been done with the story. I think adding on a few more pages really would have given this story some better development.

The ending is a predictable as they come, but I was expecting that to be the case so it didn’t lessen my enjoyment. This didn’t need to try to be clever, it worked well using a plot that’s been done a million times before.

Overall I really enjoyed this novella, it was a quick and easy book to pick up and I’d definitely be interested in reading more of Gran’s work. I would have just liked a little more meat to the story, but it was still good as it was!

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Book Details:

Pages: 168
Edition Published:
2011
Genre: Horror, Fiction
Goodreads Av. Rating: 3.61

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