Don't Close Your Eyes Hardcover – 6 Jul 2017
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Don't Close Your Eyes is a fabulous psychological feast of secrets and lies within two families. Thought-provoking, clever, twisty and totally compelling. Bravo! - Sam Carrington
Fascinating thriller ... too good to miss! - Sun on Sunday Fabulous Magazine on DON'T CLOSE YOUR EYES
Bloody hell. This is SO good... Phrases like 'heart-pounding' and 'jaw-dropping' are so overused but that's exactly what happened to me and then I couldn't get to sleep because I was so hyped up... She's a clever one, that Holly. - Deborah O' Connor on DON'T CLOSE YOUR EYES
I loved Don't Close Your Eyes. It's a really sensitive and gripping exploration of childhood issues looming large into adulthood, with a corker of a denouement. I loved it. - Gillian McAllister on DON'T CLOSE YOUR EYES
A razor-sharp, fast-paced plot and wonderfully complex characters. Not since The Girl on the Train have I been so captivated by a work of suspense. - Tess Gerritsen on TRY NOT TO BREATHE
Such a GRIPPY book. - Marian Keyes on TRY NOT TO BREATHE
[A] brilliant, beautifully written thriller. - Augusten Burroughs on TRY NOT TO BREATHE
Try not to breathe, try not to make plans, try not to commit to anything in fact till you have finished Holly Seddon's debut novel, because we must warn you now - you'll be fully hooked from page one...A brilliant, gripping, must-read. - Glamour on Try Not to Breathe
A top-notch psycho-drama. - Independent on Try Not to Breathe
The psychological thriller of 2016... sure to leave you captivated. - Irish News on Try Not to Breathe
Brilliantly readable, fast-paced stuff. - Fabulous Magazine on Try Not to Breathe
Fancy something more thrilling than the usual chick-lit love story? Look no further than this gripping psychological thriller. - New Magazine on Try Not to Breathe
A chokingly dark and riveting debut thriller. - Lovereading on Try Not to Breathe
[A] smartly plotted psychological thriller... plenty of last-minute bombshells await. - Publishers Weekly on Don't Close Your Eyes
I was completely hooked by Don't Close Your Eyes!--Sanjida Kay, author of Bone by Bone
'Fascinating ... Seddon’s storytelling skills are strong and the book is engrossing.' (Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product description
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As the families get closer the couple's split up and decide their would be better with each other as partners. So this means the twins are split up. Angela and drew become a new couple, they are moving into the Granger house with Sarah.
Jack, Hilary, Robin and Callum, are moving in to the Marshall house. The twins are not happy being separated and it makes it worse when Angela and Drew announce they and Sarah will be moving to America.
All the time separated has changed the twins. Robin doesn't leave her house anymore and Sarah has her own family. They haven't seen each other in years until Sarah turns up at Robins door needing help to get her daughter back.
Sometimes I felt like this book was written as a third person, even though the chapters told you which sister was telling their part of the story.
It was a good book with an unexpected ending, worth a read.
In her second book, Holly Seddon explores some very serious issues around various forms of abuse and of the impact that a parent's choices can have on their children by merging past and present, and the perspective of both twins in her writing. At times this was fairly uncomfortable for the reader. Holly spends the first half of the book scene setting and laying implied seeds which lead the reader to assume that they know the characters well enough to know what's coming. She's taken a real gamble with this technique which the reader often assumes is a slow burn. But it really pays off, and the book becomes a gripping page turner throughout the last half. I was delighted by the ending of this book especially. It's a real curveball and is the first time in my life that I haven't been able to predict an ending.
Holly has left me trying to guess whether there will be further books linked to this particular story. There is certainly scope for an alternative portrayal of events from a secondary characters perspective (i.e. 'his' perspective). If I have any criticism of the book it is that I felt at times that it was told from the third person perspective, when it was predominantly written in the perspective of whichever twin the chapter focused on. I found Holly's method of framing each chapter as either past or present, in a first person narrative which borders on omniscient at times meant that this was a book which needed to be read while alert, rather than a bedtime read.
All in all a great read, a well-constructed storyline which became a gripping page turner with some brilliant twists. I anticipate seeing a prize sticker printed on the dust jacket of a future print run... speaking of which, I did spot a couple of minor typo's which the proof readers seem to have missed towards the end of the book which is a matter for the publishing house to address themselves rather than an issue for the author herself. I'm now watching with excited anticipation to see what Holly Seddon will offer us next.
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So this is the first book I have read by Holly Seddon and what a ride this was.Read more
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