Review: Up Close by Henriette Gyland

upclose picUp Close by Henriette Gyland

“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? “


norfolkbroadsUp close starts out with a murder, observed by the killer- stalking its prey. From the prologue I was hooked. It is a taut suspense story that unfurled itself as you get deeper into all the secrets of the past. It isn’t just Lia’s past that is haunted, it is Aidan’s too.

Aidan and Lia rekindle their romance but Lia is unsure. As she digs deeper into the mystery she begins to doubt everyone. There is a feeling of tension as the book goes on, leading you up to the reveal. That is why I found it very hard to put down.

Norfolk itself is like a character; adding its own gothic bleakness. At times it almost feels haunted with its foggy marshes and empty winter scenes.

Aidan is lovely character: fiercely loyal, broken but a hero at heart. He is full of mystery and surprise, and not who he first appears to be. I could see why Lia was drawn to him, now and all those years ago. Lia is nobody’s fool and unravels the mystery on a slow boil; always revving the suspense up.

I would consider Up Close as a crime mystery with a romantic element. I loved the dark atmospheric feel to the book, It reminded me of those gothic Mary Stewart novels. I really enjoyed this book from cover to cover- and I would recommend to anyone who likes stories with great dramatic twists at the end.

Up Close is such a unique book that it will stay with me for a long time .


OUT NOW  by Henriette Gyland  in eBook and May 7th in paperback:

higwatThe Highwayman’s daughter by Henriette Gyland

“Is it a crime to steal a heart?

Hounslow, 1768. Jack Blythe, heir to the Earl of Lampton, is a man with great expectations. So when his carriage is held up by a masked woman, brandishing a pistol and dressed as a gentleman of the road, he wholly expects to have his purse stolen. And when he senses something strangely familiar about the lovely little bandit, Jack also expects to win his cousin’s wager by tracking her down first.

But as Jack and the highwaywoman enter into a swashbuckling game of cat and mouse, uncovering an intricate web of fiercely guarded family secrets, the last thing Jack expects to have stolen is his heart.”



Here is a taste of the Norfolk broads for you to try:

norfolk shortcakesNorfolk Shortcakes


455g (1lb) self-raising flour
170g (6oz) sugar
285g (10oz) currants or sultanas (whichever you prefer)
170g (6oz) butter or margarine
1 egg (beaten) (keep a little for glazing)
A little milk to bind
You can add mixed spice if you like!


1. Rub butter in flour.
2. Add sugar sultanas and egg.
3. Bind with milk and form dough ball
4. Roll out to about 1/2 inch thick, cut to shape/size you’d like to munch!
5. Glaze with the little bit of beaten egg you remembered to put aside. Sprinkle with sugar and bake at 190C or gas mark 5 for approx 20 mins. Enjoy!!!




4 thoughts on “Review: Up Close by Henriette Gyland

  1. Up Close is exactly the kind of thriller I adore. Brooding, slightly sinister but with an element of romance – a real page-turner. The Highwayman’s Daughter is a lot of fun too. I hope both books are a huge success – they deserve to be.

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