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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and gripping! xxx, 14 May 2013
This review is from: Close My Eyes (Paperback)
Geniver Loxely has been left devastated by the loss of her daughter, and every day since, all she has thought about is Beth. Gen is married to her husband Art, who is very business-orientated and has a successful company, Loxley Benson. Art is also very driven and determined both in business and in life. Gen had a few novels published, and enjoyed writing, but has found it difficult to put her thoughts into words ever since Beth.

One day whilst Art is away on a business trip, there is a knock at the door. Standing in front of Gen is a woman she doesn't know, who says she has come with some important news and information. She tells Gen that Beth is actually alive, living and breathing, and out there somewhere... But surely this can't be true? She was sure that she'd lost Beth? Is she really out there? And if so, who has her? And who can Gen really trust?

Wow. One huge wow! I have not stopped thinking about this story ever since I turned the last page! I absolutely loved this book, I was gripped from the first page and I was racing through the book because I was so eager to see where it would take me and what would happen next. I was even sat up in bed at night reading...though in hindsight that wasn't the best idea because some parts of the book are actually quite creepy, and so that night I was constantly looking over my shoulder!

Sophie McKenzie has done a brilliant job of making you think as you read this. Throughout the book my head was constantly buzzing with questions. Was Beth really alive? If so, where had she been all these years? And who has her? Is the stranger at the door really telling the truth? Can we actually trust anybody? I was desperate to find out!

I really love a good mystery and thriller, and like many others, I really enjoy trying to pick up clues along the way and guess what is happening. At many times throughout the book I thought I'd guessed it right, only for a complete shocker to land on the page and throw all my ideas up into the air again, by the end of it I was suspicious of so many people and I still didn't get it right! The twists and turns in this book are SO impressive, it took my breath away.

The characters were fantastically written. They all had their own background stories and were actually very complex. I loved Gen straight away, as it is told from her perspective I warmed to her from the first page. I really felt for her for what she had been through with Beth, and I desperately wanted her to discover the truth. As a reader, we learn about and unravel the situations at the same time as Gen does, and my heart was pounding as I read on, I was so scared for Gen but at the same time I was willing her on because I wanted to know the truth about Beth as much as she did.

My favourite part though was that when I reached the end, I thought I had been truly shocked by the result. But nothing prepared me for the final bit that the book threw at me, to say it was chilling is an understatement! The book was brilliant but the last parts of the book where everything picks up pace was absolutely outstanding. I really cannot recommend this book enough!

Close My Eyes is powerful, it is intense and it is so frightening that it is brilliant. This is a seriously chilling read that will have you turning the pages and staying up late at night to read more! With an incredible plot line and lots of tension, this is THE book to read this summer!
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