Book Review: Close Your Eyes – Amanda Eyre Ward

Title: Close Your Eyes
Author: Amanda Eyre Ward
ISBN: 9780345494481
Pages: 272
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Mystery
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

When she was six years old, Lauren Mahdian spent the night in her treehouse, along with her eight year old brother Alex.  While they were out there, Lauren’s mother was murdered and her father was accused of the crime.  Over the years, Lauren has come to accept that her father killed her mother, but Alex has never given up searching for the truth.  When Alex goes to Iraq to work with Doctors Without Borders and Lauren is left alone, she begins to wonder if there is more to her mother’s death than she thought.

Review:

Close Your Eyes is a thrilling suspense novel that will keep readers guessing from beginning to end.  It focuses on two different women – first there is Lauren, who is a bit of a mess when the book begins.  She is completely dependent on her brother, Alex, and when he decides to leave, she begins to have panic attacks.  Though she has her boyfriend, Gerry, Lauren feels completely alone in the world.  It’s only as she begins to work through her memories and open up to the possibility that her father may not be guilty of her mother’s murder that she begins to have more control over her life and emotions.

Halfway through the book, it shifts gears completely, and I’ll admit I found this transition very jarring.  All of a sudden, the reader is introduced to a new character, Sylvia, who is traveling in search of her childhood friend, Victoria.  However, the unease wore off as I became more interested in Sylvia and how she was connected to Lauren.  While I could say more on this subject, I won’t because the novel is short and I found it rewarding to know as little as possible going in.

Ward does an exceptional job bringing these two storylines together for a satisfying conclusion.  She keeps the suspense heightened throughout the book, such that readers will be eager to read this book in one sitting in order to discover the truth.  Ward’s prose is beautiful as she describes the characters and their difficult emotions.  Lauren’s search for the truth sets her on a path towards a place of peace with herself and the past, and it’s a wonderfully written and gripping journey.

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Comments

  1. I’ve read a few reviews of this one, and it sounds like a winner. I just love thrillers like this. They are my brain candy.

  2. I’ve read a few reviews of this one, and it sounds like a winner. I just love thrillers like this. They are my brain candy.

  3. I too have read good things about this novel and I’m glad you liked it too. I wonder if I have a copy….

  4. I too have read good things about this novel and I’m glad you liked it too. I wonder if I have a copy….

  5. I haven’t heard about this one, but it does sound very interesting. Thanks for the heads up with the transitioning of the novel.

  6. I haven’t heard about this one, but it does sound very interesting. Thanks for the heads up with the transitioning of the novel.

  7. I liked this one too, but I was also jarred when the narrative abruptly shifted. Still, I found it to be a successful suspense tale, and I enjoyed it!

  8. I liked this one too, but I was also jarred when the narrative abruptly shifted. Still, I found it to be a successful suspense tale, and I enjoyed it!

  9. Even I am more than a little curious about the sudden arrival of Sylvia, and I have not read the book! It sounds like there is major suspense in this one, and some very interesting and unexpected plot points. Very nice review! I am going to have to think about checking this one out!

  10. Even I am more than a little curious about the sudden arrival of Sylvia, and I have not read the book! It sounds like there is major suspense in this one, and some very interesting and unexpected plot points. Very nice review! I am going to have to think about checking this one out!

  11. This is actually an author that I have wanted to read for a while and not managed to do so. This book sounds like a good one for this time of the year, so maybe I should start with it.

  12. This is actually an author that I have wanted to read for a while and not managed to do so. This book sounds like a good one for this time of the year, so maybe I should start with it.

  13. I am happy you liked this one because the premise had me very interested right off the bat.

  14. I am happy you liked this one because the premise had me very interested right off the bat.

  15. Except for that transition, this sounds excellent! I’ll have to look for it.

  16. Except for that transition, this sounds excellent! I’ll have to look for it.

  17. OMG! I didn’t know that Amanda Eyre Ward had a new book out!!!!!
    I’ve read everything else she has written!
    Thank you so much, I will definitely get this book! Would not have heard about if not for you!

  18. OMG! I didn’t know that Amanda Eyre Ward had a new book out!!!!!
    I’ve read everything else she has written!
    Thank you so much, I will definitely get this book! Would not have heard about if not for you!

  19. This is the second book I’ve read by Amanda Eyre Ward and I was again pleased by another engaging and interesting storyline.

  20. This is the second book I’ve read by Amanda Eyre Ward and I was again pleased by another engaging and interesting storyline.

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