Review: Too Close by Gayle Curtis

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Release date: June 30, 2016

Publisher: Twenty7 Books

Genre: Psychological Thriller 

Goodreads blurb:

A devastating and unsettling story of a powerful and unshakeable twin bond, Cecelia and Sebastian is a twisty and gripping tale where secrets, lies and illusions permeate the very essence of our beings. For fans of The Twins by Saskia Sarginson and I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb. 

Cecelia and Sebastian have a connection like no other – more than just brother and sister, they’ll go to any lengths to protect each other. Growing up in a bleak old farmhouse, their mother gone and their father violent and abusive, the twins have only each other to keep them alive.

But when the secrets of their mother’s disappearance start to emerge, and truth and lies are thrown into question, events take a terrifying turn . . .

As Cecelia tries to break away from the ties that bind her to her brother, Sebastian is determined that the twins should be together – whatever the costs. 


I don’t know if I’ve ever felt so conflicted after finishing a book before! I’m not even sure how to review this one, I am just so torn. While reading this, I kept going back and forth between liking it and loathing it. I will say it was a quick read for me and I did want to see how things turned out, however I have to say that my overall feeling after reading this one is that I’m highly disturbed and not in a good way. I do tend to read lots of disturbing books, but this one just left me feeling dirty and unsettled.

The book opens with an adult Cecelia waking up from a dream. But is she dreaming or sleepwalking? It’s all very confusing and vague. Then we flashback to when Cecelia and Sebastian are fourteen. Their mother has vanished and they are left with only their terrifying and abusive father. He is a real scumbag and the abuse the twins encounter at his hands is awful and unfathomable. After a series of tragic events, we jump ahead eighteen years.

During this time, we learn that Cecelia and Sebastian have barely spoken. Their once unbreakable bond seems to have been shattered and both are worse for the wear. Here’s where things really fell apart for me. Secrets begin to be revealed, which I normally love. This time, there was something just off about things. You know how in most thrillers there is some sort of buildup and excitement that ramps up the tension? That didn’t happen here. A bomb would be dropped almost out of the blue. It sounds so weird to even write this, usually that’s a good thing. I don’t know if it was Curtis’ writing style or what, but every time there was a twist or revelation I was just left feeling disjointed and conflicted. Things just didn’t quite make sense to me. The ending seemed very sudden too, very rushed and frantic. 

This book is very sick and twisted in ways that made me uncomfortable. I’m not the type of person to shy away from dark and creepy material but this was all wrong. Things are so morbid and coupled with the lack of character development and altogether unlikable characters, I couldn’t connect with any aspect of this book. 

Overall rating: 2/5

Thanks to Twenty7 Books for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

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