Up Close by Danielle Girard #bookreview #booktwitter @suzyapbooktours @danielle1girard


In only a few months, the small town of Hagen has lost two high school seniors, both under strange circumstances. When a third senior, the mayor’s son, drives through the plate glass window of the town’s diner and ends up in a coma, the deaths no longer seem unrelated accidents. The town is paralyzed with fear. The police can find no good explanation. Other students deny any knowledge of what’s happening, but Detective Kylie Milliard is certain at least some are lying.

Hagen’s sole investigator, Kylie Milliard fears that something sinister is at play, but she can’t convince the town’s powers that be to take her concerns seriously. Mounting discord between herself and Hagen’s sheriff have her thinking that it may be time to leave Hagen for a bigger city and a new job, but she’s not going anywhere until she determines the connection between the self-destructive act of the mayor’s son and the two untimely deaths.

Whoever is behind the dangerous stunts doesn’t want to be discovered. To keep their secret, they’re willing to take out anyone who gets too close. With time running out before the next stunt, Kylie is in a race to solve the puzzle. She is all too clear that, until she does, no one—not the students, nor the town—is safe from danger.


Kylie is the only investigator in the small town of Hagen. She knows something is terribly wrong in her town when two high school seniors have died under weird circumstances and a third pulls a terrible stunt that nearly kills everyone in a diner. But, none of the higher ups in her town believe her. Kylie is not to be deterred. She digs in her heels and becomes unstoppable.

This is book three in the series. I have not read the others and I did not miss a beat. It can definitely be a stand alone book. Kylie is a sharp character. She is smart and a bit insensitive which is appealing in many ways. But, she cares and this comes out in how she does her job. She is like a dog with a bone in this book. Nothing is going to stop her from finding out who is behind these horrible stunts.

This story is full of intensity and mystery. I enjoy a book which has me on a few wild goose chases. And this one threw me off the scent. This just made me read faster and faster 😂! I had to know who did what!!

I have only read one book by this author but it made a big impression on me. You can see my review of Far Gone here! I need to get to this author’s other books because I am hooked!

Need a small town murder mystery…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.

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About The Author:

Danielle Girard is the USA Today and Amazon #1 bestselling author of Chasing Darkness, the Rookie Club series, and Exhume, Excise, Expose, and Expire featuring San Francisco medical examiner Dr. Annabelle Schwartzman. Girard’s books have won the Barry Award and the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, and two of her titles have been optioned for movies. A graduate of Cornell University, Girard received her MFA at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. She, her husband, and their two children split their time between San Francisco and the northern Rockies. White Out, book one of her new Badlands Thriller Series, is available now. https://www.daniellegirard.com/

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