Come Closer: Sara Gran
Reviewed By Ksenia Murray
Come Closer by Sara Grab is a horror novel that was published in 2003. I just now got around to reading it after it sat in my to-be-read pile for several years. The story follows a young woman who is slowly driven insane by a demon. At first, she hears weird knocking noises. Then it progresses to loss of memory and unable to control her body. This novel has everything one could want in a possession story: blood, psychological horror, sex, and drama.
In my opinion, this book stands on the line between good and mediocrity. The parts that I enjoyed I really enjoyed but there were other parts of the book that just dragged on, didn’t have enough detail, and I could guess what the ending was going to be before halfway through the book. What I loved about this book was the descent into madness that the main character goes through. Her loss of willpower, the destruction of her relationships, and the way her life is impacted I really couldn’t get enough of.
A recurrent, unidentifiable noise in her apartment. A memo to her boss that’s replaced by obscene insults. Amanda—a successful architect in a happy marriage—finds her life going off kilter by degrees. She starts smoking again, and one night for no reason, without even the knowledge that she’s doing it, she burns her husband with a cigarette. At night she dreams of a beautiful woman with pointed teeth on the shore of a blood-red sea.
The new voice in Amanda’s head, the one that tells her to steal things and talk to strange men in bars, is strange and frightening, and Amanda struggles to wrest back control of her life. Is she possessed by a demon, or is she simply insane?
Ksenia Murray hails from Oklahoma but moves around constantly. She’s currently writing another novel after having published The Cave and Compendium of Creatures. You can find Ksenia tucked away from the madness of the world with her husband, Chris, and her two pets Cricket and Citrus.
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