Someone Close to Home by Alex Craigie is amazing! Megan Youngblood is a young girl with a domineering and manipulating mother who is seeking to climb the social ladder by any means. Megan is a talented pianist who grows her talent and becomes renowned, earning money and fame. All she needs is Gideon, but life takes a turn. We are given a front row seat to the emotional and physical roller coaster ride that is Megan’s life after a stroke places her in a nursing home at the hands of a vengeful and vicious victim of her mother’s evil plotting.
Written as a memoir, Someone Close to Home is captivating as the reader moves from memory to the present and back. Craigie skillfully places her readers into the story through the strong character developments and ease in which the dialog and plot move. Without realizing it, I cheered at Jordan’s departure; I cried at the pain of Megan; I slapped my chair at Theo’s dressing down by Gideon; Martin’s subsequent impact on Annie; and when I closed the book at the end of the last sentence I cried.
This is a beautifully written book, mixing thriller with memoir style writing. I have not had so many different reactions to one book ever. Craigie has done what every author wants – transported their reader into a powerful, creative story and let them experience the book completely on many different levels. There are several different characters in this book that are incredibly remarkable.
If you are looking for a book that holds your attention and elicits passionate responses from its readers, this is the book! I cannot highly recommend this book enough. I was truly surprised at how it captured and held my attention and continued well past the last page – and I absolutely hate to cry!
An amazing book! A definite MUST READ!
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