Come Closer by Sara Gran

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From the author of Saturn’s Return to New York comes this dark psychological thriller.

"‘What we think is impos-sible happens all the time.’ So claims the beguiling narrator of Come Closer, and after reading this spare and menacing tale, the reader has to agree. Sara Gran has created a sly, satisfying (fast!) novel of one young woman possessed not only by a demon but also by her own secret desires."—Stewart O’Nan

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About Sara Gran

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SARA GRAN is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, including Come Closer and Dope as well as the Claire DeWitt series. She also writes for film and TV (including TNT's "Southland") and has published in The New York Times, The New Orleans Times Picayune, and USA Today. She is a former bookseller and a native of Brooklyn.
Published July 1, 2003 by Soho Press. 180 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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She seeks help, but her doctor and psychiatrist seem to be demons themselves and Amanda begins to see demons everywhere.

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As the story escalates, the narrator’s sense of helplessness, that her body and soul are no longer her own, that perhaps nothing can help her, evoke a heart-rending pathos to accompany the fear.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Gran takes all of these and rolls them up into a chilling tableau -- the reader is captivated as Amanda's personality begins to change.

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Bookmarks Magazine

By jonSun, 10/26/2008 - 19:07.

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Monsters and Critics

Amanda started having a recurring dream filled with blood and a bizarre fanged woman who resembled her make believe childhood playmate at the same time the normal bickering between couples began escalating.

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Spinetingler Magazine

To be honest to say any more about the third act which includes the demons identity, Amanda’s downward spiral, an interesting but brief conversation with another woman who is also possessed and is reaping the benefits since she isn’t fighting transformation, the complete dismantling of her world ...

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That might sound like a typical set-up, but I thought Gran pulled it off with rare level of scariness.

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