Don't Stand So Close

  • by Luana Lewis
  • Narrated by Julia Barrie
  • 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A lingering, compulsive debut novel that will keep you tightly in its grip.
What would you do if a young girl knocked on your door and asked for your help?
If it was snowing and she was freezing cold, but you were afraid and alone? What would you do if you let her in, but couldn’t make her leave? What if she told you terrible lies about someone you love, but the truth was even worse?
Traumatized by her final case as a psychologist, Stella only feels truly safe hidden away in the isolated house she shares with her husband, Max. Then Blue appears in the middle of a snow-storm, begging to be let in. As secrets and lies gradually seep out of the young girl, Stella’s tightly controlled world begins to unravel.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Showed promise in the beginning, but...

What would have made Don't Stand So Close better?

I feel like the characters were quite one-dimensional. Despite what they were going through I couldn't muster up much compassion for anyone. I feel like the story jumped around too much and this might be okay when written, but when heard this could get a little confusing. It seems like there was a much richer story to be told, at times it felt like I was listening to a second novel in a series.


What could Luana Lewis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

More time could have been spent describing the characters, explaining their motivations and backstories. Stella seemed a bit like an empty shell even as the main character in the sections of the story before her trauma. Despite my complaints about the lack of depth in the novel I feel like the ending dragged.


What aspect of Julia Barrie’s performance might you have changed?

Sometimes I feel like the intonation for Blue was a bit off for example, when she should have sounded shocked she might sound flat. Whilst there's always room for interpretation this struck me a few times.


You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I enjoyed Peter's character, I also think that the description of Stella's rape was very well written. I felt very uneasy listening to this and it is probably one of the more shocking, desolate descriptions of rape I have ever read. It will stick with me for some time.


Any additional comments?

I hate to pan a novel, especially when it appears to be the author's first, but I just don't feel like this book lived up to my expectations at all. It's not without it's charm though and I would be tempted to listen to something else by Luana Lewis.

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- Pocketsand

Very improbable tale

As a first book this isnt too bad and shows future promise. The editing and storyline needed a lot of tidying up - just how many psychopathic child abusers can you cram into a thriller? The narration was very poor with most male voices being interchangeable. Ok, I might back my payment from audible but I have lost 10 hours of my life :-(
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-09-2014
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks