Look Closer by David Ellis
Published July 5, 2022 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Date read: March 23, 2023
Simon and Vicky
Jane the detective
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The Plot (from Goodreads):
Simon and Vicky couldn’t seem more normal: a wealthy Chicago couple, he a respected law professor, she an advocate for domestic violence victims. A stable, if unexciting marriage. But one thing’s for sure … absolutely nothing is what it seems. The pair are far from normal, and one of them just may be a killer.
When the body of a beautiful socialite is found hanging in a mansion in a nearby suburb, Simon and Vicky’s secrets begin to unravel. A secret whirlwind affair. A twenty-million-dollar trust fund about to come due. A decades-long grudge and obsession with revenge. These are just a few of the lies that make up the complex web…and they will have devastating consequences. And while both Vicky and Simon are liars, just who exactly is conning who?
How did Look Closer end?
Thank you to Putnam Books for this gifted copy!
Highly recommended fall thriller here!
Did I reread this book six months later just to be able to review it and post spoilers on my blog? You bet I did. I knew I really enjoyed it, but couldn’t remember the intricacies enough to write a spoiler post. I’m fully refreshed now, though!
I thought Look Closer was so well-written. It’s exactly what I’m looking for in a thriller. Yes, you’ll be confused at first–just keep reading, it’s worth it! I recommend not reading too many reviews before you start, because you’re bound to get spoiled if you do (unless you prefer spoilers, in which case, you know where to go). I was definitely scratching my head in the middle, but when everything clicked into place it was immensely satisfying. If you’re a thriller fan, I’m sure you’re very familiar with that “yes!” moment when it all clicks into place.
This was a great book to re-read, too–I knew where it was headed, so it was a lot of fun to take it slower a second time and really look for clues. Every twist is explained in a way that is reasonably believable (I mean, for the genre) and not too over-the-top. I’d love to revisit these characters in the future!
The main events of Look Closer take place on Halloween night, so it’s the perfect book for spooky season. It’s been my go-to thriller recommendation lately!
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