A compulsive debut thriller about motherhood, obsession and how far we'd go to protect the ones we love.
Five-year-old Ava Boone has been missing for six months. There have been no leads, no arrests, no witnesses. The only suspect was quiet, middle-aged Leland Ernest.
And Grace Wright has just bought the house next door. Recently divorced, Grace uprooted her two small children to start again and hopes the move will reset her crippling insomnia. But now she understands bargain-price for her beautiful new house.
With whispered neighborhood gossip and increasingly sleepless nights, Grace develops a fierce obsession with Leland and the safety of her children. Could she really be living next door to a child-kidnapper? A murderer?
With reality and dream blurring more each day, Grace desperately pursues the truth - following Ava's family, demanding answers from the police - and then a body is discovered...
About the Author
Sharon Doering lives in the Chicago area with her husband, Marc, their three kids, and a peculiarly civilized dog, Lady. In her other life, she was a science professor, a biotech stock analyst, and a xenotransplantation researcher. She has also been agood waitress, a mediocre bartender, and a terrible maid. Sharon is working on her next novel.
"This book should come with a warning: Contents are much darker and more shocking than they first appear. Every curve, every twist takes you further down the rabbit hole. Sharon Doering has written a crackling debut that should be on your 2020 list!" - Samantha Downing, Sunday Times bestselling author of My Lovely Wife and He Started It
“Dark, searing, and raw, She Lies Close by Sharon Doering is one of the most disturbing thrillers I’ve ever read, and I loved it. Doering puts a mother’s worst fears on the page, through the voice of a character unraveling so vividly that her terror and panic become your own. A no-holds-barred debut that builds tension and suspicion with every chapter, culminating in an ending that will shake you to your core.” Samantha M. Bailey, bestselling author of Woman on the Edge
"She Lies Close is an emotionally charged domestic thriller, packed with chills, and an unexpected ending that readers won’t see coming. Sharon Doering’s fast-paced, tension-filled debut makes her a writer to watch." – Joanna Schaffhausen, author of The Vanishing Season
"A beautifully written debut thriller about a mother who will do anything to protect her children – vivid storytelling at a breathtaking pace." - Alice Blanchard, award-winning author of A Breath After Drowning
"She LIES CLOSE is a psychological thriller unlike any you've read before. A perfect mixture of chilling suspense and twisting family secrets... an astonishing debut" – Jamie Freveletti, bestselling and award-winning author of the Emma Caldridge series, Robert Ludlum's The Janus Reprisal and The Geneva Strategy
"She Lies Close is a terrifying yet deeply affecting exploration of how far a mother will go to protect her children in the face of evil. Doering's fascinating and unforgettable characters surprise at every twist and turn." – Sophie Littlefield,bestselling author of A Bad Day for Sorry and The Missing Place
"'A suspenseful and emotionally charged debut. She Lies Close is the perfect blend of dark writing, gripping characters and gasping twists that will keep you reading late into the night. Sharon Doering has knocked it out of the park." – Sherri Smith, author of Follow Me Down
"Very interesting and well-thought-out thriller" - Booklist
"A darkly comedic psychological thriller." - Foreword magazine