So Close – Sylvia Day

Another new release from earlier this week!

Thanks to Smith Publicity for the gifted copy in exchange for my honest review

SO CLOSE – Sylvia Day (Released March 7th, 2023)

Book Description:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Crossfire® saga comes the beginning of a twisty tale of obsession and rage, as a trinity of women protect what they covet at any cost.

You can’t believe all of them, but can you trust any of them?

Widower Kane Black is still ruinously married to his late wife, Lily. Grief has hollowed him… until he sees a woman with his wife’s inimitable beauty on the streets of Manhattan. He whisks her up to his towering penthouse, protectively under guard, nestling her in dark opulence where Lily’s memory is a possessive beguiling force.

Aliyah, Kane’s mother, deals in science. There are too many questions, too few answers, and too much at stake. “Lily” has dangerous control over Kane and there can be only one queen on the throne.

Amy, Kane’s sister-in-law, has been bloodied by deceit and betrayal, and she’s devolving into murderous rage. She’s paid too high a price and now intends to claim what she’s owed.

Three women, linked by buried secrets, circle the man who unquestioningly accepts the return of his beloved long-dead wife. Kane is happier than he’s ever been, and he’ll do anything to stay that way.

Propulsive and sly, So Close is a lushly gothic novel of domestic suspense with the emotional intensity, scorching sensuality, and complex exploration of female trauma that are the hallmarks of multimillion-copy international bestseller Sylvia Day.

My Thoughts: 3.5/5 stars

A new mystery/suspense, with a dash of romance, is here! SO CLOSE had all the right elements for this to be a solid read for me, but there was just something that didn’t work out for me. While I enjoyed the characters, even the ones you want to hate, and the POVs of Lily and Kane, there was just something missing. Everyone felt like they were unreliable narrators and you never knew whose story you could actually trust. I think that contributed to some of the confusion I had throughout the book. Things became clearer about 75% through the book and it picked up the pace for me. Still lots of unanswered questions that I’m hoping will be addressed in the next book. Overall, I did enjoy it and never had moments where I wanted to DNF.

This is the start of a new series and also my introduction to Sylvia Day. Whenever I’m done reading a book, I’ll look through other reviews and see how I land with the majority of readers, and I’ll say that I was surprised at how long this book had taken to be released (from when it was announced). From the sounds of it, her Crossfire series is incredibly popular with readers and they were anxiously waiting for this new release for multiple years. I did enjoy the writing, so I think I’ll probably try out her other series while we wait for book two here!


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