By: Karen Rose
Read by: Hillary Huber
- Series: The Faith Corcoran Series, book 1
- Runtime: 28.5 Hours
- Recording: Unabridged
- Release date: 2.3.2015
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio
- Genre: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
From the New York Times bestselling author of Watch Your Back and Did You Miss Me comes the newest novel by “the queen of romantic suspense” (Crime and Punishment).
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 a sanctuary in which she can start her life anew, but requires that she face dark memories that resonate to this day.
She has no idea, however, just 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.”
© 2015 by Karen Hafer
Karen Rose is a RITA Award–winning author of romantic suspense. A former chemical engineer and high school chemistry and physics teacher, she lives in Florida with her family and their cat and dog, Bella and Loki.
Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards. Her recent recordings for Blackstone include Skinny Bastard, The Art of Social War, and The Cheater.
My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars
Closer Than You Think
“Closer Than You Think” was an outstanding audiobook. The first interests I had to this book were that Hillary Huber was reading it AND it was a romantic suspense/thriller. While listening, I also discovered another wonderful author in Karen Rose. For me, this audiobook was like winning the trifecta.
I did note the length of the book, however it was so well done the time flew by. It was filled with brilliant twists all the way. Not only was it a great thriller, it had a smoldering hot sub plot as well. I’m excited that this will be a series and I look forward to book 2.
Faith Frye, now Faith Corcoran counsels sex offenders and is in hiding from a former patient who’s stalking her. A man she’d counseled named Peter Combs had attacked her and nearly killed her four years earlier and now he was back and stalking her. In an attempt to evade him, she changed her last name and left Miami to return to the house her grandmother had left her, the O’Bannion Estate filled with dark memories that still haunt her. What she didn’t know was that the house had a guest who was watching her as she stood in the back looking at the family cemetery. And the guest had secrets of his own.
“Twelve steps and a basement.”
Deacon Novak, the larger than life FBI agent with white hair and brown and light blue flecked eyes, who wore a black coat and smelled like cedar and leather had been fighting with his brother when he was called out on an emergency. He’d arrived at the scene where a woman had swerved to avoid hitting a girl who was lying in the road unconscious and barely alive. She’d been shot, stabbed, and beaten. It had been Faith who had swerved to avoid hitting the girl and had climbed back up the embankment to call 911. This is when Agent Novak first saw Faith’s beautiful hair that looked like dark red wine. And she noticed him.
The girl lying in the road was Arianna Escobar who had been dumped there and left for dead. She and her friend Corrine Longstreet were college students who had been abducted and were being held hostage, but Corrine was still missing and her time was running out. And then there was Roza. The subservient child who’s never seen the light of day.
I like the way this audiobook shifted from the different locations of Cincinnati and Mt. Carmel, Ohio to Miami and Eastern Kentucky along with the characters points of view. The main characters were very well-developed with an almost three-dimensionality to them. Even the supporting characters were excellent. It was very well put together and I absolutely loved it. I definitely recommend giving this audiobook a listen. And here’s another reason why. While the book was fantastic and I’m happy that I found another great author, the narration was simply perfect.
About the narrator: Hillary Huber is the coolest voice actor ever. She does an AMAZING job with this audiobook. It was flawless. Her voice inflections are spot on perfect and she has the ability to put the listener right there with the characters. Every character has their own voice AND personality. She’s an extremely talented narrator and she makes this story UNforgettable!
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