Up Close is a chilling novel set in Norfolk from debut author Henriette Gyland.
Dr Lia Thompson returns to Norfolk from America after learning that her grandmother has died. Back in Norfolk, she plans to quickly sort out her Grandmother's effects, sell the house and head straight back to her fiance and successful career in Philadelphia. However, once back in her home county Lia meets up with old school friends and finds herself drawn back to the rural climate, which differs so much to her American lifestyle. Lia also starts to sense that things in her grandmoher's life were not as straight forward as they seemed.
Aidan Morrell went to school with Lia in Norfolk and secretly had a crush on her. When he meets up with Lia, he is delighted that the two become friends. However Aiden is also nursing is own issues and does not seem prepared to let Lia find out his own secrets.
I really enjoyed this book. It starts off gently and soon picks up pace pushing the reader into a story with surprises around every corner. It is quite a dark novel full of mystery and there were a number of events which I had not been expecting at all. The descriptions of Norfolk and the various settings were really evocative with effective use of the sea and weather adding to the tension and more sinister side of the plot.
I'm looking forward to reading Henriette Gyland's next book.
Thank you to Choc Lit for sending me a copy to review.
Up Close is available to buy now as a paperback: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Up-Close-Henriette-Gyland/dp/190693178X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1357506578&sr=8-2
It is also available in kindle edition here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Up-Close-Choc-Lit-ebook/dp/B00A3KYSPU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357506578&sr=8-1