Wednesday 11 December 2013

Don't Stand So Close by Luana Lewis

Don't Stand So Close 

Blue, a teenage girl, arrives at Stella's door one night making claims that could change her life. Stella doesn't want to let her in, she is agoraphobic and hasn't had contact with anyone except her husband Max for a few years. Eventually, because it's snowing and extremely cold outside, she relents and lets Blue into her home and sanctuary from the outside world. It soon becomes clear that Blue has some mental health problems of her own and may even be a danger to others as well as herself. Are her accusations true and who can we believe?


Over the course of the book we learn about Stella's last case when she was working as a psychologist, what caused her agoraphobia, her marriage to Max and also some of Blue's past.


This is another good psychological story with twists and turns, it kept me guessing about who was telling the truth and who was lying right up until the end. The only thing I wasn't so keen on was the last chapter, it didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the novel but overall this is another excellent addition to this increasingly popular genre.


I received a copy of this from Netgalley in return for an honest review


Rating: 4 out of 5


Publication date: 13th February 2014 


Book Blurb:

What would you do if a young girl knocked on your door and asked for your help?

If it was snowing and she was freezing cold, but you were afraid and alone?

What would you do if you let her in, but couldn't make her leave?

What if she told you terrible lies about someone you love, but the truth was even worse?

Stella has been cocooned in her home for three years. Severely agoraphobic, she knows she is safe in the stark, isolated house she shares with her husband, Max. The traumatic memories of her final case as a psychologist are that much easier to keep at a distance, too.

But the night that Blue arrives on her doorstep with her frightened eyes and sad stories, Stella's carefully controlled world begins to unravel around her.

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