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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; Paperback Original edition (9 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471111733
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471111730
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (329 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'CLOSE MY EYES starts with a parent's worst nightmare and builds from there, twists and twists again, finally delivering a final punch that will leave you gasping.' --Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author

'CLOSE MY EYES is so emotionally engaging I was in tears by the end of the first chapter. This is a psychological thriller that taps into fundamental human feelings of hope and loss and keeps you turning pages until the final dramatic twist.' --Penny Hancock

'Effortlessly thrilling and incredibly tense, you won't believe this novel's creepy twists and turns!' - Closer

You will race through this fast-moving thriller that saves the most shocking twist until the very end' - Sunday Mirror

'Effortlessly thrilling and incredibly tense, you won't believe this brilliant novel's creepy twists and turns'
Lionel Shriver, Closer

'8 Titles To Pick Up Now- Taut Suspense
Hearing from a stranger that her baby she believed was stillborn is in fact alive and that her husband has always known sets Geniver on a perilous quest for the truth' Fanny Blake, Woman & Home --Woman & Home

'Effortlessly thrilling and incredibly tense, you won't believe this novel's creepy twists and turns!' - Closer

You will race through this fast-moving thriller that saves the most shocking twist until the very end' - Sunday Mirror --Sunday Mirror

About the Author

Sophie is the award-winning author of a range of teen thrillers, including the Missing series (Girl, Missing, Sister, Missing and Missing Me), Blood Ties and Blood Ransom and the Medusa Project series. She has also written two romance series: the Luke and Eve books and the Flynn series, which starts with the novel Falling Fast. Split Second is her first teen stand-alone novel in seven years. Sophie's first novel for adults is the psychological thriller Close My Eyes. More details here: www.sophiemckenziebooks.com And here: facebook.com/sophiemckenzieauthor Twitter: @sophiemckenzie_


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Art and Genever are an affluent couple who live in London. Art runs a successful business while Gen, a writer, has found it hard to focus since the stillbirth of their daughter Beth eight years ago. After an emergency caesarean, Beth never saw the baby, though Art did.
They have a wide circle of friends, acquaintances and business contacts whom we meet at a party for Art's fortieth birthday. He seems like a devoted husband, though concerned, like others, about Gen's mental health - she seems unable to move on after the loss of her baby.
Then a woman comes to their door with an incredible story about her sister being a nurse at the private clinic where the birth took place, and the baby not having died at all!
Gen struggles with this story, wanting to believe in its truth but questioning the motives of the woman who told her. Helped by Lorcan, an old friend and colleague of Art's, she begins to investigate.
I read this in less than twenty four hours, only pausing, eventually, to go to bed and sleep. Told from Gen's point of view, the story really drew me in and I compulsively read on, wanting to know what had happened, wondering if Beth really could be alive. There are a few casualties along the way, and the outcome is definitely not what I would have expected, but strangely satisfying nonetheless.
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With thanks to Netgalley for the review copy.

A good book is one that you finish a chapter of and think, "just one more". By this definition, Close My Eyes is a good book. I was intrigued, making guesses as to what was going on and desperate to find out if I was right. And of course I wasn't.

It's a heartbreaking concept. Geniver had a stillbirth eight years ago and is still grieving. Her husband Art, an influential and successful businessman wants to try IVF. Out of the blue a woman shows up claiming that Gen's child was in fact born healthy and stolen, and that Art was involved.

As thrillers go, it's tense and full of false leads, revelations and danger. Is Gen mad? Is it real?

Occasional chapters pop up narrated by a child, which may or may not be Gen's missing baby, adding to the tension.

I can't give this a full five stars because I just really didn't like Lorcan, the ex-business associate of Art who appears and plays the role of confidante/assistant and who you are not sure of. His role and development just seemed really unrealistic to me.

I would also agree with other reviews that I don't really understand the significance of the title (and I'm happy to be enlightened!).

The ending is good, only to be guessed just before the reveal, and it's satisfying.

Enjoyable thrill ride that will have you guessing, and nice to see McKenzie's talent for adult fiction, she's great for young adults and now has an older audience as well.
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After a promising start I found it difficult to put this book down. Almost halfway through I guessed the outcome, either the story would be totally predictable, or hopefully I hadn't guessed correctly and the story would have me gripped? Unfortunately I was right the first time. The storyline was not only predictable but also far-fetched and unbelievable. The last few chapters dragged out in a ridiculous scenario that tried to explain the story. Very disappointing
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What a disappointment! I bought this book on the strength of other reviews and on previous books by this author. Unfortunately, the last two books I have read by this author have proved to be a disappointment. This one starts with a ridiculous premise and goes downhill rapidly. Although I tried to suspend my disbelief and enjoy the story - I found it impossible. The characters evoked no sympathy and the plot moved at a snail's pace - so much so that I missed out huge chunks of text to try and get to the end. The ending itself was a let-down, leaving me disappointed. All in all, this is not a book I would recommend to anyone.
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I ordered this book on impulse because it was £2.99 on Amazon. The plot may be summarized briefly as follows: Geniver Loxley lost her daughter, Beth, at birth eight years ago and since then she has struggled but never managed to come to terms with her loss. Her husband, Art, by contrast continues to build his business. The first pages of the book also deal with the couple's, so far, unsuccessful attempte at IVF, and it is clear that while Art is most anxious to attempt more pioneering treatment, Geniver appears reluctant to continue with treatment that is arduous and does not seem to hold out much hope of success.

Then one day a strange lady turns up on Geniver's doorstep and tells her that her (Geniver's) child never died and is still alive yet this stranger has no idea where the child might now be. This is an interesting and potentially exciting premise on which to base a story and I enjoyed the first half of the book - particularly as the style was easy and unpretentious.

The second half of the book descends into what I would call farce and it is essential to suspend disbelief if one is to finish the story, which I did. I only award the book two stars even though I enjoyed it in part, as I did not feel I could pass it on to friends as I usually do, and I certainly did not wish to keep it.

Having said that, it could well make for a diverting holiday read and it showed promise in the beginning.
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