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Shut Your Eyes Tight | [John Verdon]

Shut Your Eyes Tight

When he was the NYPD’s top homicide investigator, Dave Gurney was never comfortable with the label the press gave him: super detective. He was simply a man who, when faced with a puzzle, wanted to know. He was called to the investigative hunt by the presumptuous arrogance of murderers - by their smug belief that they could kill without leaving a trace. There was always a trace, Gurney believed. Except what if one day there wasn't?
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Publisher's Summary

When he was the NYPD’s top homicide investigator, Dave Gurney was never comfortable with the label the press gave him: super detective. He was simply a man who, when faced with a puzzle, wanted to know.

He was called to the investigative hunt by the presumptuous arrogance of murderers - by their smug belief that they could kill without leaving a trace. There was always a trace, Gurney believed. Except what if one day there wasn't?

With Shut Your Eyes Tight, John Verdon delivers on the promise of his internationally best-selling debut, Think of a Number, creating a portrait of evil let loose across generations that is as rife with moments of touching humanity as it is with spellbinding images of perversity.

©2011 John Verdon (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Chris United States 10-12-14
    Chris United States 10-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Never Shut Your Eyes"

    This book had me from the start, the narration was fantastic. Dave is a retired NYPD cop with a history and one bad case where I presume he was nearly killed and he moved to the country with his 2nd wife Madeline. Dave has a son whom he seems estranged from and another son who died. Dave craves a bit more excitement than watching the asparagus grow. His wife seems quite content. Dave gets sucked into just one more case because of his talents for working out puzzels. I won’t go into the storyline you can read it. He makes a lot of progress on the murders, many interesting characters twists and turns. He thinks nothing of letting his wife know his whereabouts etc., job comes first. Great suspenseful read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ciaran Letterkenny, Ireland 01-28-12
    Ciaran Letterkenny, Ireland 01-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Top rating for a great reading of a gripping story"
    Where does Shut Your Eyes Tight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm still new to this so its in my top two of my four books so far!


    What other book might you compare Shut Your Eyes Tight to and why?

    I took a chance on this, I'm new to detective stories, with the exception of Sherlock Holmes.
    I'm very glad I did as the story has been gripping, without being gruesome and enthralling for the duration.


    What about Jeff Harding’s performance did you like?

    Very good at portraying the individual characters, if I missed a piece of narrative regarding a characters name, I found it easy to know who it was by the readers' voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    WIDNES, United Kingdom
    6/28/12
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    "disturbing"

    A disturbing crime but a great story, (although because of the narrator I kept expecting Jack Reacher to show up)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Louise
    Budleigh Salterton, United Kingdom
    6/9/12
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    "A tight twisted plot"

    This is my first John Verdon book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The main character Dave Gurney is a frustrated retired detective who needs to use his grey cells, but is torn between a gory case and his wife who wants him to stay at home and enjoy retirement. What starts as as one murder spirals into a sick twisted plot which brings danger to everyone involved. The book was well narrated by Jeff Harding with his gravelly voice and characterisation. and I would definitely recommend

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • graham
    keston, United Kingdom
    4/19/12
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    "Excellent thriller"

    An intriguing and well thought out book. I never wanted it to finish , the reader is superb. I shall be signing up for anything else this guy writes.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • angela
    Kells, Ireland
    5/1/13
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    "They said it was a page turner..."

    I stuck with it until the end, but I can't say I enjoyed it all that much. The narrator really got on my nerves most of the time. The only character that I enjoyed was jack. All his female voices were the same. A lot of the time I was screaming in my head for him to just get on with it. Never mind the inane waffle, stick with the story. Not a page turner for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Susanna
    Roma, Italy
    12/23/12
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    "A really enthralling detective story"

    A well written and very enjoyable detective story. It was also well-read (American accent was fine).

    I haven't read any other books by this author but this story stands well on its own. i would certainly reccomend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • André
    Bedford, United Kingdom
    5/26/12
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    "My eyes were open"

    Good story and I liked listening to the reader. The end was not a surprise, but getting there was a suspense. I enjoyed it and I am looking forward to my next book by the author.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Slough, United Kingdom
    1/7/14
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    "Wonderful narration"

    This is the first John Verdon book that I have listened to (unfortunately it turns out that it is the second in the Dave Gurney series) but I have now immediately purchased the first book. The narration, by Jeff Harding, is wonderful. The story is very strong on character so this is not just another whodunnit: for example, the depiction of Dave Gurney's relationship with his wife is just as incisive as Dave Gurney's search for the murderer. I'm glad I have discovered John Verdon as an author and Jeff Harding as a narrator and I can't wait to start listening to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pire sur SeicheFrance
    6/21/13
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    "not as good as "think of a number""
    Would you try another book written by John Verdon or narrated by Jeff Harding?

    Found John Verdon's first book "Think of a number" much better. That said, "Shut your eyes tight" has many similarities, to the extent that one is not completely sure that it's not the same book. This is partly because the same main characters reappear, partly because of similarities in the story.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    You'll find the narrator very good, provided his multiple voices - particularly the feminine ones - don't get on your nerves. The story is fine if you're looking for a long easy-to-follow intrigue. The end is a big let-down but then endings often are.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Harding’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Exactly the same as the last one. The bad guy in this book has the same voice as the bad guy in the last book. You keep thinking it's him, but of course he died at the end so it doesn't sound quite right.


    Do you think Shut Your Eyes Tight needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think there already is one... I won't bother with it though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bodil
    Borup, Denmark
    4/13/13
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    "Car reader"

    Very good book plot keept evolving and was unexpected. This writer was new to me and I was happily surprised.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • bennieblue
    Cardiff South Wales
    3/18/13
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    "Great story teller"

    Enjoyed this book, story not bad but the narrator is the best. he can do so many voices that I think I am listening to a play.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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