Up Close by Henriette Gyland


Up Close by Henriette Gyland
Publisher: Choc-Lit
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (385 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

Too close for comfort…
When Dr Lia Thompson’s grandmother dies unexpectedly, Lia is horrified to have to leave her life in America and return to a cold and creaky house in Norfolk. But as events unfold, she can’t help feeling that there is more to her grandmother’s death than meets the eye.

Aidan Morrell is surprised to see Lia, his teenage crush, back in town. But Aidan’s accident when serving in the navy has scarred him in more ways than one, and he has other secrets which must stay hidden at all costs, even from Lia.

As Lia comes closer to uncovering the truth, she is forced to question everything she thought she knew. In a world of increasing danger, is Aidan someone she can trust?

If you’re looking for a good page-turner, Up Close is for you. Ms. Gyland wasted no time in getting to the suspense. I’m a big fan of romantic suspense and this one reminded me a lot of some of the older classics of the genre written by Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt. I loved the setting and the author did such a good job describing it that I felt like I was there watching the scenes take place. If you like suspense novels set in England, and not necessary the big cities, this is one you might like to check out.

There were lots of creepy aspects to the book as well, noises in the attic at night, things seeming to be moved, and lots of people who were hiding secrets. One thing I liked was the unique hobby of the hero, that of underwater diving. Ms. Gyland obviously did lots of research on the topic and it showed in the plot.

While the heroine did sometimes seem to put herself into dangerous situations that could have been avoided, I felt this could be overlooked because the story was so well-crafted. The secondary characters were all great and fun to read about too. And although I did figure out some of the secrets the characters were keeping, I nevertheless felt compelled to read on.

After reading Up Close, I’m definitely looking forward to the author’s next book. If like me, you love curling up with a good book on a cold winter’s day, I say this one is a must read for you.


  1. Thank you very much for reviewing my book. I’m absolutely delighted that it was so well received!

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