I dunno. Margot Livesey said “Come Closer ought to carry a warning to readers. It’s impossible to begin this intense, clever, beautifully written novel without turning every page.” And Stewart O’Nan said: “Sara Gran has created a sly, satisfying novel of one young woman possessed not only by a demon but also by her own secret desires.”
I quote these two reviews because I have read both Livesey and O’Nan and admire their writing. Believing their assessment of this book is sort of like reading fic recced by an author you like. You sort of hope they’ll point you in the direction of the good stuff.
And while Gran’s novel isn’t exactly what I’d call the good stuff- it wasn’t rotten, either.
Amanda is an architect who lives with her wonderful husband, Ed, in an unnamed American city. We don’t get any real insight into Amanda’s life before weird things start to happen: funny noises in her home, strange and troubling dreams, black outs, missing time she can’t account for. These events transpire in little snippets. Things happen, we hear about them and then we’re on to the next thing. I never really felt connected to Amanda. I didn’t fear for her or care for her and if the novel has a failing for me, that’s probably it. As Amanada says herself: “What we think is impossible happens all the time.” And sometimes those impossible occurrences are horrific.
Just not in this book.
Which is apparently being made into a flick.
Warm Chocolate Tart
3 cups dark chocolate
6 Tbsp unsalted butter
9 egg yolks
1/2 white sugar
3 egg whites
12 individual 3″ tart shells (or you can use smaller shells)
Melt chocolate and butter
Beat egg yolks and sugar to the ribbon stage. Fold this into the chocolate.
Whip egg whites into soft peaks.
Fold whites into above mixture.
Pour into pre-baked shells and bake a further 9 minutes (or until set) at 475 degrees.
Serve with whipped cream, or raspberry coulis.