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Publisher's Summary

A compulsive debut thriller about motherhood, obsession, and how far we’d go to protect the ones we love

Five-year-old Ava Boone vanished without a trace six months ago. No witnesses, no sightings or arrests. But Grace Wright just moved in next door to the only suspect the case had: quiet, middle-aged Leland Ernest.

Recently divorced, Grace uprooted her two small children to start again and hopes the move will reset her crippling insomnia. With whispered neighborhood gossip and increasingly sleepless nights, Grace develops a fierce obsession with Leland and the safety of her children. Could she really be living next door to a child-kidnapper? A murderer?

With reality and dream blurring more each day, Grace desperately pursues the truth - following Ava’s family, demanding answers from the police - and then a body is discovered.

©2020 Sharon Doering (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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I am not sure what to write

I absolutely loved the main character. She was funny and snarky and her mind sounds like mine except the hallucinations part. The start was slow and it definitely wasn’t a thriller or a crazy murder mystery. There were parts where I wanted to skip forward just to get through the book but I didn’t because the main character has a way of making you want to listen to her mind ramble. I can’t really figure out what to write for a review for this book. I listened to the entire book, laughed and related. It wasn’t the best book I have ever listened to but no where near the worst. Definitely an interesting read. I am intrigued by the author and would purchase another book from her.

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#1

I listen to 100s of audio books and this one is THE. BEST. I cannot wait for more!!!

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Entertaining Story and Refreshingly Different

She Lies Close was a fast listen,
entertaining and different. The protagonist is cringe worthy throughout the story and totally unhinged. Yet as a parent of young children, I found her totally relatable.

This book is packed with crazy situations and plenty of explicit language. I highly recommend it and hope this author writes more books.

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Excellent…

Clever, witty, insightful. I loved the author’s style and the story was gritty and heart breaking and relatable. The author also incorporated lots of dry , snarky humor which fit perfectly with the narration. Loved this book!

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Boring

I thought it would be more thrilling but it feel short for me.Good background noise while doing something else.

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Keeping me engaged

This story was very informative and interesting. Narrative was very lively. Enjoyed listening, it made me kinda horny at times!

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kept my attention until the very end of the book!

holy crap, talk about a bat crap crazy woman!!! what a great story though!! worth the listen

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Heavy, relatable, annoying

I was struggling to get through the first couple of chapters. The main character is so intense and so manic and desperate that it began to wear on me. However, Her inner voice and struggle between reality and what she had to present to her children and the world was so deeply relatable that I began to understand her more and could identify so many things about myself . If you Truly want to understand what it feels like to be a parent mainly a single parent, pay attention to her internal dialog. Spot on. I liked that it wasn't completely predictable and was waiting to find out who was responsible for the crimes period. But the 3 year old, I would have suffocated her with in the first 10mins. She is one of the most annoying child characters ever. 🙄

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A Great Debut

This is a book that really took me by surprise! At times I was so drawn in I forgot it was just a story. Highly recommend to mystery and suspense book readers!

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different

Freaky psychological story that keeps you guessing the whole time. Love this book! Different, raw and we really get into the mind of this truly flawed yet desperately trying woman.

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  • 08-03-21

Very good

A twist on the usual neurotic woman (I seem to be reading a lot of those recently!). Excellent narration.

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  • Sassa K-B
  • 08-17-21

Really enjoyed this

Really captivating and strangely hilarious, and you could see Grace falling slowly more and more into mental instability. Really clever book.
My one and only complaint is I couldn’t believe Chloe was 3, still in diapers but her speech was a bit too advanced for a 3 year old.

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  • Peter Jenkins
  • 08-13-21

My first audio book

I wasn't sure I would like audio books I am glad to say I'm booked can't wait for my next. Loved the story and it was well read.

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  • Shannon Ainsworth
  • 11-26-21

so good

loved this. I was very complacent thinking I had it but I was so wrong

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  • Elizabeth Ainsworth
  • 11-26-21

Something missing.

The performance was good, but the story was average and I couldn’t bring myself to like the protagonist. I really felt like there was something missing for it to be believable and relatable. Wish I’d have saved a credit!

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  • Jules Blunt
  • 10-15-21

Slow but gently engaging - nothing unexpected

This is a well written account of a single mother’s struggles in a neighbourhood where her nearest neighbour is a suspect in a child abduction.

It’s quite slow and repetitive but a pleasant enough way to while away the hours whilst I cleaned the house.

No earth shattering denouement but wraps up fairly satisfyingly. Wouldn’t wanted to have used a credit but listened on audible plus

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  • Maggsie
  • 08-12-21

Excellent narration

Can't make up my mind whether I enjoyed this book or not. It was very well read but I nearly stopped listening as it was very slow to start with. I'm glad I persevered, though, as it did improve towards the end.

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  • tumpleby
  • 08-07-21

Wasn’t sure at first

It I kept reading and enjoyed the book the only thing that irritated me was the narrators Chloe voice it was dreadful and sounded like Lisa Simpson! Other than that a good listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-20-22

Too inconsistent to be a story

The writing wasn't bad, the detail is good, but the story is as if the author forgot what they were writing, plot hole and jumps everywhere, its more like a story about a horney single mum, going a bit bad, and then just ends.
The end is not a twist, it's a "but this is what really happened" so what ever u r thinking is wrong, because i didnt tell u all this stuff, and all the relationships in the story dont really matter, it taked the light breeze, that the story had going for it, out of the sails.
The hardest part of the book is how the author writes the kids, the daughter, who is said to be 3, has the vocabulary of a 12 year old, and talks about things that a kid wouldn't even think of, it's like the author has never spoken to a kid.
I hope this author learns about plot and story and trys again, but I'd give this book a miss.

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  • Sandra Brothwell
  • 06-06-22

Enjoyable listen

I loved listening to the twist and turns narrated in this book. It's thrilling

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  • 05-21-22

Unsure

I had 2 goes at listening to this beem. The first time I gave up as found it annoying. Went back to give it a second go. Although I did finish but still have doubts about it. At times thought it ok others ready to give up. Have mixed feelings . Narration also could be annoying.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-27-22

interesting take on a murder/ child abduction

Probably above average story and I liked how it unfolded ( after a while), definately not predictable and was a realistic approach to a difficult subject for every parent.
Asks those questions of how far would you go to protect your child, we are all capable of extreme violence when backed into a corner. But violent thoughts as unsettling as they are, do not a murderer make!!!

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  • 03-27-22

You Won't be bored

Refreshing to find a debut author with a narrative voice like a female version of Stephen King! Immersive experience! Will look out for more from this author.

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  • Lucinda
  • 02-24-22

Great read overall

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the plot, characters and overall story was great.

I find it hard to get an audiobook that I can enjoy as the voices are often off or irritating so it was excellent to actually find one where the voices of ALL the characters aside from one were fitting to the characters and not irritating to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-12-22

just could not get into it :/

drags on. I found myself skipping Chapters. just found it overall very boring. This is the first audiobook that I have not enjoyed

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-22

Unusual thoughts !!

This book kept you intrigued however the mother was over the top with her thoughts and weird ways ... not to sure if I like this character. The book did flips from being quite a normal lifestyle stresses to over the top !! It dragged on a bit ... Not a book for me

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  • KK
  • 01-06-22

rather average

a ‘mystery’ seen through the eyes of a twisted mind, it’s sometimes disturbing as this twisted mind belongs to a mother responsible for two small children, in general though, not much happens in this book