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The Closer I Get by Paul Burston
About The Book
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.
This is one of those books that since I started reading the plot I couldn’t wait to dig in, it seemed so different and original from the books I use to read that it took me seconds to start reading once it was in my hands! An oh, what a read!
This is a book about Evie and Tom; she is obsessed with online communities, so obsessed the she has become a stalker. Tom is an author that is quite obsessed too with social media but thinks that Evie has surpassed the fine line between a fan and a stalker. This could seem a clear case, the stalker should be put in prison if she acts again, but Evie doesn’t think she has done anything wrong. Her social media is the thing that keeps her alive; and she still believes that what she does is the right thing to do. Because this is not only a book about stalking it’s a book about social media; how much we reveal without noticing and how much we think we know someone without really knowing them.
The story is told between Evie and Tom, their own way of act and their thoughts. It was really easy to read and to try to engage with the characters, but don’t expect them to be likeable or nice, because then you’ll be disappointed! They are who they are and that’s what makes the book so amazing and twisted, because be prepared for an explosive ending!
I’ve been on social media since I was 14 years old, I met my husband in a chat when I was 14, but I also know how you can misunderstand anything with only a sentence or a word, without the face or knowing the people behind it. This is the point of this book, to make you re-think what you should share online or what can you believe of the ones you talk.
This is a must read, addictive and real that will be on my top ten this year, don’t doubt it!
About The Author
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
editor of Attitude magazine and has written for many publications including Guardian, Independent, Time Out, The Times and Sunday Times. In March
2016, he was featured in the British Council’s #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.