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The Closer I Get – Paul Burston

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Closer I get by Paul Burston.

‘Tom is a successful author, but for the first time in his life, he has writer’s block. His main distraction is an online admirer, Evie, who simply won’t leave him alone. Evie is smart, well read and unstable ; she lives with her sick father and her social media friendships are not only her escape, but everything she has. When she’s hit with a restraining order, her world collapses, whilst Tom is free to live his life again, and to concentrate on writing.

But things aren’t adding up. For Tom is also addicted to his online relationships, and when they take a darker, more menacing turn, he’s powerless to change things. Because maybe he needs Evie more than he’s letting on.

The Closer I Get is a perfect example of a gripping psychological thriller. It’s tense, gritty, and, quite frankly, terrifying.

Tom has a huge online presence. He is active on Twitter, Facebook etc. As a successful author, social media is a crucial tool, keeping him in touch with his fans and readers.

But things take a dark and frightening turn when one of his fans, Evie, becomes obsessed with him, harassing and abusing him online – and in person.

When he takes her to court and she is given a restraining order, he thinks and hopes life will go back to normal. But Evie doesn’t give up that easily…

I really enjoyed The Closer I Get and I was hooked from start to finish. The lines between right and wrong, and between hero and villain are blurred, and it’s difficult to know who to root for throughout the story.

The story is told in alternating narratives, each chapter alternating between Tom and Evie’s point of view. Each narrative creates a conflict in the reader’s mind and opinions as we learn more facts about the characters and their perspectives.

This book constantly kept me guessing, and I never would have predicted the ending. At one point, I was reading it with one hand almost glued to my mouth with shock!

I remember while reading this book, thinking many times how scarily realistic the story and situation was, and how plausible it was, and how terrifying it would be if it was true and had really happened. It was only when I looked at the author’s Twitter profile (I know, how Evie of me!) that I read that The Closer I Get was actually based on the author’s real life experience. That shook me to my core and made the novel ten times more chilling.

So, if you’re looking for a well-paced, intense, dark, and chilling psychological thriller, look no further. The Closer I Get has it all – calculating characters, tense scenes, and shocking twists – any thriller fan is bound to love it!

About The Author

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Paul Burston is the author of five novels and the editor of two short story collections. His most recent novel The Black Path, was a WHSmith bestseller. His first novel, Shameless, was shortlisted for The State of Britain Award. His third novel, Lovers & Losers, was shortlisted for a Stonewall Award. His fourth, The Gay Divorcee, was optioned for television.

He was a founding member of Attitude magazine and has written for many publications, including Guardian, Independent, Times Out, The Times and Sunday Times. 

In March 2016, he was featured in the British Councils #FiveFilms4Freedom Global List 2016, celebrating ’33 visionary people who are promoting freedom, equality and LGBT rights around the world’. He is the founder and host of London’s award-winning LGBT+ literary salon Polari and founder and chair of The Polari First Book Prize for new writing and the newly announced Polari Prize.

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Thanks to Anne Cater, Paul Burston and Orenda Books for inviting me to take part in the blog tour, and for providing me with an e-copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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