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  • Writer's pictureJudith D Collins

She Lies Close

She Lies Close

ISBN: 1789094194

Publisher: Titan Books

Publication Date: 11/10/20

Format: Paperback

My Rating: 5 Stars +++ Top Books 2020 A compulsive debut thriller about motherhood, obsession and how far we'd go to protect the ones we love. SHE IS STILL MISSING Five-year-old Ava Boone vanished without a trace six months ago. No witnesses, no sightings or arrests. But Grace Wright just moved in next door to the only suspect the case had: quiet, middle-aged Leland Ernest.

Recently divorced, Grace uprooted her two small children to start again and hopes the move will reset her crippling insomnia. With whispered neighborhood gossip and increasingly sleepless nights, Grace develops a fierce obsession with Leland and the safety of her children. Could she really be living next door to a child-kidnapper? A murderer?

With reality and dream blurring more each day, Grace desperately pursues the truth - following Ava's family, demanding answers from the police - and then a body is discovered...

She Lies Close


"This book should come with a warning: Contents are much darker and more shocking than they first appear. Every curve, every twist takes you further down the rabbit hole. Sharon Doering has written a crackling debut that should be on your 2020 list!" – SAMANTHA DOWNING, Sunday Times bestselling author of My Lovely Wife and He Started It

“Dark, searing, and raw, She Lies Close by Sharon Doering is one of the most disturbing thrillers I’ve ever read, and I loved it. Doering puts a mother’s worst fears on the page, through the voice of a character unraveling so vividly that her terror and panic become your own. A no-holds-barred debut that builds tension and suspicion with every chapter, culminating in an ending that will shake you to your core.”– SAMANTHA M. BAILEY, bestselling author of Woman on the Edge

"She Lies Close is an emotionally charged domestic thriller, packed with chills, and an unexpected ending that readers won’t see coming. Sharon Doering’s fast-paced, tension-filled debut makes her a writer to watch." – JOANNA SCHAFFHAUSEN, author of The Vanishing Season

"A beautifully written debut thriller about a mother who will do anything to protect her children – vivid storytelling at a breathtaking pace." - ALICE BLANCHARD, award-winning author of A Breath After Drowning

"She LIES CLOSE is a psychological thriller unlike any you've read before. A perfect mixture of chilling suspense and twisting family secrets... an astonishing debut" – JAMIE FREVELETTIi, bestselling and award-winning author of the Emma Caldridge series, Robert Ludlum's The Janus Reprisal and The Geneva Strategy

"She Lies Close is a terrifying yet deeply affecting exploration of how far a mother will go to protect her children in the face of evil. Doering's fascinating and unforgettable characters surprise at every twist and turn." – SOPHIE LITTLEFIELD, bestselling author of A Bad Day for Sorry and The Missing Place

"'A suspenseful and emotionally charged debut. She Lies Close is the perfect blend of dark writing, gripping characters and gasping twists that will keep you reading late into the night. Sharon Doering has knocked it out of the park." – SHERRI SMITH, author of Follow Me Down

"She Lies Close is a gritty and engrossing thriller that will leave you spellbound thanks to Doering's beautifully written prose and captivating story. You'll be trying to both savor every word and turn the page as fast as possible! It's a remarkable debut that should not be missed!" – JENEVA ROSE, author of The Perfect Marriage

"She Lies Close grabbed me from the first page and wouldn’t let go. A fast-paced, taut, psychological mind-bender, that hits all the right notes. Sharon Doering has crafted a truly impressive debut that’s guaranteed to make her a writer to read for years to come."

– DJ PALMER, USA Today bestselling author of Saving Meghan and The New Husband

"Sharon Doering arrives on the mystery scene with an explosive, darkly comedic thriller that belongs on every to read list. Scrupulously plotted with one of the most memorable protagonists I've read, SHE LIES CLOSE is a live wire of a debut." – MARY KUBICA, New York Times bestselling author of The Other Mrs.

"SHE LIES CLOSE is a chilling twister of a thriller following embattled single mother Grace's descent into paranoia and obsession. Dream and reality blur in Doering's smart, compelling, and darkly funny portrait of a woman struggling to keep hold of her sanity, her family, and willing to do anything it takes to protect her children from the predator lurking on the edges of their lives. A remarkable debut." – LISA UNGER, New York Times bestselling author of The Stranger Inside

"I am gasping for breath--what a terrific book. SHE LIES CLOSE is a masterclass in voice, a psychological tour de force, and one of the most original stories I've ever read. Doering's talent leads the reader on a page-turning non-stop obsessive journey--but also skillfully weaves in true emotion and laugh out dark loud humor. Do not miss this!" -HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN, USA Today bestselling author of The First to Lie

"A darkly comedic psychological thriller." –Foreword Magazine

"Very interesting and well-thought-out thriller" –Booklist

"If you do (love Gillian Flynn), you will love this book as well." -Manhattan Book Review

"Imaginative prose is a plus (“My mind is a snow globe in the hands of a toddler who’s shitfaced on apple juice”). Readers will be curious to see what this talented author comes up with next." -Publishers Weekly

“Intense, emotional, and chilling, this twisting story will grip you, and make you question your opinions about the characters again and again.”

- The Crime Review

About the Author

Sharon Doering lives in the Chicago area with her husband, Marc, their three kids, and a peculiarly civilized dog, Indy.

In her other life, she was a science professor (Columbia College Chicago), a biotech stock analyst (Madison Securities no longer exists), and a xenotransplantation researcher (Ward Building, NWU, Chicago Ave). She has also been a good waitress, a mediocre bartender, and a terrible maid.

Sharon is working on her next novel. Read More (I really like the longer version) 💓






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