Page Count 196
Publication date July 2003
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?
I was surprised to discover Come Closer on Netgalley, and having heard so many great things about it from other bloggers I jumped at the chance to read it.
Come Closer takes us on Amanda’s journey from a quiet, somewhat content existence into the depths of madness.
At under 200 pages this novella quickly builds on the tension and despair as Amanda loses control of herself to the demon Namaah.
The tale is told in first from Amanda’s point of view leaving the reader only aware of as much as she is. Her blackouts are our blackouts creating a sense of dread and futility as she tries to understand what is happening.
A short, fun read for any horror lover- added bonus that the dog does not die in this one!