Psychologist Faith Corcoran is desperate to escape the stalker who’s made her life a nightmare for the past year—desperate enough to run to the one place that has been her nightmare far longer. Both boon and bane, her recent inheritance of her grandmother’s old house in Cincinnati offers sanctuary in which she can start her life anew, but requires that she face the dark memories that still resonate to this day.
But she has no idea how close to home her fears still are.
Two college girls have gone missing in the area, and FBI Special Agent Deacon Novak is called to work on the case. When his inquiry unexpectedly leads him to Faith, he finds a beautiful and brave woman he can’t help but fall for. Soon they’ll discover that this seemingly simple investigation is anything but. Reaching back decades into Faith’s own past, it will shatter everything she believes to be true and will give terrifying new meaning to flesh and blood.
Agent Deacon Novak is one scary individual. He's big, he's buff, and he's almost an albino with unique eyes that startle many. Used to the reactions his appearance garners, he has found his own personal niche in the world but his younger brother needs him and so Deacon has relocated to be there for him. When a call comes in that there's an accident involving a missing student and a stranger in town, alarm bells start ringing but when Deacon realises the driver, Faith, is hiding secrets his curiosity knows no bounds. It's soon apparent there's more than one victim and it's somehow all connected to Faith. The clock is ticking as there's still another missing student to be found and Faith is the only link they have. It's time to go back to the house where it all began but it's a very tangled web of lies and deceit and in the middle of it all, a cold hearted killer lies in wait and this time his target is Faith!
I enjoy reading the dark twisted and often macabre books that Ms Rose writes and although I hadn't read anything by her recently, was quite keen to read Closer Than You Think. It's a very long book which I usually like, but I did feel that possibly some of the scenes could have been tightened up a little. As it's a murder case, there's quite a large team involved so that meant a lot of characters to get straight in my head but it doesn't stop there. No, there’s also Deacon's family and then of course the heroine, Faith, has relatives who may or may not be involved. Red herrings abound throughout this story but I did spot the moment when a fatal error occurred and found myself shouting at a character who really should have known better, no spoilers but come on, follow up leads and don't be fobbed off!
As I really don't wish to spoil the book for other readers, I will say no more about the actual plot but it's quite a convoluted one and at times it's a tad implausible as Faith seems almost impossible to kill! She's possibly a little too perfect for my taste but I could not fault her bravery nor her taste in men as Deacon Novak sounds mighty fine to me! Yes, there's romance added to the mixture which may or may not please other readers. I enjoy romance in books I read but have to admit everything happens very quickly here; but when faced with horror and death, I guess it makes sense to celebrate living so will forgive the instant lust.
So in conclusion, both Faith and Deacon have an awful lot of back story and have both had very emotional lives. Tragedy has marred both their lives but it's about to get a lot worse! Those who enjoy a thriller will like this story with it's twists and turns and working out exactly who to trust is all part of the fun. Another good book from Ms Rose and I'm hoping Deacon's cousin Adam might get his own story told soon.