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Too Close - Natalie Daniels
If only she had listened to her gut feelings, perhaps her life would have turned out differently. I had to wonder as I turned countless pages, was this woman really off her rocker or was it something else that pushed her over the edge? This was one of those stories that carried me along, page after page, chapter after chapter (and those chapter are long!) until the very end.
 
I met Emma, a forensic psychiatrist, who was assigned Connie, a patient at a mental hospital. Emma has a great professional front but personally, Emma is hiding something. What Connie did to land in the hospital, I have no idea at this point, but Emma’s job was to decide if Connie would be able to stand trial. I immediately liked Connie when I met her but as story progressed, my feelings towards her were all over the place. Connie was clever, crafty and also manipulative yet at times, I was wondering what had possessed her, her actions were driving me up the wall!
 
The story flashes back and forth, from the past to the present. We get the story how Connie ended up hospitalized and also about Connie and her relationships now. The author threw in a few dramatic punches in the stories which I really enjoyed and I couldn’t get this book out of my head.
 
With the doctor constantly visiting, Connie gets tired of her endless questions and battering. She just doesn’t know the answers and doesn’t want to remember. Then, Connie sees an opportunity and decides to turn the tables. It becomes rather fun now when the doctor arrives, as Connie tries on her own invisible white coat and plays her own version of doctor. In the doctor’s volatile state, Connie manipulates her way into the doctor’s head rather quickly. I began to wonder with the door closed, who was the patient and who was the doctor, as the line began to get rather blurry.
 
It all still comes back to, what did Connie do to land herself into the hospital? The plot deepens as her children are introduced and their feelings towards her are revealed. I liked that the author slowly reveals parts of this mystery to the readers throughout the chapters, creating suspense and drama. I could feel the tension building.
 
This was a great suspenseful story, one that I really enjoyed and one that I highly recommend. Thanks to HarperCollins Publishing and BookPage for supplying me a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I won a copy of this book in a Sweepstakes at BookPage. I’m sorry that I missed the ARC’s debut deadline.