Don’t Stand So Close

Review From User :

**4.5 - 5 stars**

Coming February 2014 from Random House UK Transworld Publishers.

Thank you to the author and publisher for the copy via netgalley.

What would you do if a young girl knocked on your door and asked for your help
If it was snowing and she was freezing cold, but you were afraid and alone
What would you do if you let her in, but couldn't make her leave
What if she told you terrible lies about someone you love, but the truth was even worse

Oh how I do adore a great psychological twisty tale and I was SO looking forward to this one and what a tale it was. Stella is severely agoraphobic - she never leaves her house these days and is solely reliant on her Husband for human contact. One night when he is away the mysterious "Blue" turns up on her doorstep demanding entry, despite her fears Stella cannot allow her to freeze and so lets her in. But Blue is obviously damaged and possibly also dangerous.

A terrifically engaging read this one, we watch as events unfold in the house, alongside flashbacks of both Stella and Blue's previous life - but how much of EITHER of their stories are real and how much is fantasythat is the question. They are both psychologically damaged for different reasons, and the connection between them is not immediately obvious.

Ms Lewis teases out the various strands of the mystery in tantalising titbits - each part giving subtle clues to the whole and demanding that you read the very next chapter. I hovered between being intrigued to see what had come before and yet desperate to know what was happening in the isolation of the house right at the moment. Both "sides" of the story are equally compelling.

Characterisation is of a high standard - both Stella and Blue are completely fascinating for very different reasons and their interaction is exciting and scary. There are of course other people in the mix - I do not want to say too much about that as it may spoil things, but suffice to say it appears as if one or both of these women may have put their trust in the wrong people and that is right at the heart of the matter.

Perfectly paced, absolutely a page turner of the highest order.

Happy Reading Folks!


What would you do if a young girl knocked on your door and asked for your help?

If it was snowing and she was freezing cold, but you were afraid and alone?

What would you do if you let her in, but couldn’t make her leave?

What if she told you terrible lies about someone you love, but the truth was even worse?

Stella has been cocooned in her home for three years. Severely agoraphobic, she knows she is safe in the stark, isolated house she shares with her husband, Max. The traumatic memories of her final case as a psychologist are that much easier to keep at a distance, too.

But the night that Blue arrives on her doorstep with her frightened eyes and sad stories, Stella’s carefully controlled world begins to unravel around her.

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