PICT Review: Closer Than She Knows by Kelly Irvin

Posted 22 July, 2020 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

PICT Review: Closer Than She Knows by Kelly Irvin
Title: Closer Than She Knows
Author: Kelly Irvin
Published by Thomas Nelson
Date Published: June 9, 2020
Pages: 352
Genres: Christian Fiction, Thriller, Suspense, Romance
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon~ B&N
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A serial killer bent on revenge . . . and striking too close to home.

Teagan O’Rourke has always loved murder mysteries. In her job as a court reporter, she has written official records for dozens of real-life murders. She’s slapped evidence stickers on crime scene photos. She’s listened to hours of chilling testimony. But she’s never known the smell of death. And she never thought she might be a victim.

Until now.

A young police officer is murdered just inches away from her, and then a man calling himself a serial killer starts leaving Teagan notes, signing each with the name of a different murderer from her favorite mystery novels.

Panicked, Teagan turns to her friend Max Kennedy. Max longs for more than friendship with Teagan, but he fears she’ll never trust someone with a past like his. He wonders how much of God’s “tough love” he can take before he gives up on love completely. And he wonders if he’ll be able to keep Teagan alive long enough to find out.

As Teagan, Max, and Teagan’s police officer father race to track down the elusive killer, they each know they could be the next victim. Desperate to save those she loves, Teagan battles fears that once haunted her in childhood. Nothing seems to stop this obsessed murderer. No matter what she does, he seems to be getting closer.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Author/Publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.

My Thoughts
It’s been some time since I read a book by the talented Kelly Irvin. I usually read her Amish novels and fall in love instantly. I was excited to learn about this new release, a romantic suspense/thriller, and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! I will tell you this right now. It did NOT disappoint! I loved reading every second of this novel and I am excited to read more like from Irvin.

I absolutely loved following along side Teagan and feeling all her emotions like my own. Her story was heart pounding, white knuckling, as I stayed up late into the night turning page after page. My breathing was fast, my heart rate excelarated and my mind was on a roller coaster ride. I loved Max and how he wanted to help her. Her “true crime” serial killer is out to get those Teagan loves and she’s determined to stop it.

If you love the edge of your seat, blood pumping, mind boggling thrills that is an incredibly gripping suspense novel, then absolutely look no further than this novel. Irvin gives her readers a fantastic thrill ride with this one. You’ll be looking over your own shoulder, wondering if it could really happen to you. Don’t wait. Grab your copy of this novel today and see just what I’m talking about. Well done, Kelly Irvin. Well done!

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About Kelly Irvin

Kelly Irvin is the author of more than a dozen Amish books. Her latest release is The Saddle Maker’s Son, the third novel in the Amish of Bee County series from Zondervan/HarperCollins,  released in June 2016. It follows The Bishop’s Son and The Beekeeper’s Son, which received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, calling it “a delicately woven masterpiece.” The Beekeeper’s Son is a finalist in the national ACFW Carol Awards Contest in the romance category.  She is also the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series, both from Harvest Housing. She has also penned two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine.

Among her other works are novellas in two collections, including An Amish Christmas Gift and  An Amish Market.

She is currently working on a four-book series, for Zondervan/HarperCollins entitled Every Amish series. The first book, Upon A Spring Breeze, will release in Spring 2017. Her novella, One Sweet Kiss, will be included in a novella collection, An Amish Summer, also slated for release in 2017. An as yet unnamed novella will also appear in a second collection entitled An Amish Christmas.
Kelly’s novel, Love Redeemed, was a 2015 finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Carol Awards contest.

The Kansas native is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism. She has been writing nonfiction professionally for more than thirty years, including ten years as a newspaper reporter. She recently retired after working 22 years in public relations for the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Alamo City Christian Fiction Writers.

Kelly is married to photographer Tim Irvin.  They make their home in San Antonio, Texas. They have two young adult children, two grandchildren, and two ornery cats. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and read books by her favorite authors, especially mysteries and romantic suspense novels.

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