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.
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.
I'm still new to this so its in my top two of my four books so far!
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.
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.
A disturbing crime but a great story, (although because of the narrator I kept expecting Jack Reacher to show up)
"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
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"great story crime best i had so far"
the book was excellent
and Jeff Harding is my TOP GUN narrator
harding i like #1
hope my next book is as good.. i do not write reviews but this book was so good ..... 4 me
"Gurney #2 - keeps the pace up"
I read this pretty much off the back of #1 in the series - I found this to be equally intelligent and well-narrated. I found it interesting that the level of detail in the story didn't put me off (unlike my recent attempt at John Connolly, which I really didn't get on with). Somehow the mundane details just add to the enjoyment.
In this book, again I had worked out a lot of the plot twists (and the killer), but hadn't managed to put them all together into eventual reveal of the full storyline. And again - it didn't matter, the story was very well constructed. I like Gurney (although not sure he'd be easy to live with), Hardwick grew on me, and Madeleine was tolerable. Immediately signed up for book #3!
A very enjoyable listen. Well put together. In fact everything you could ask for. Brilliantly written, Brilliantly narrated. Highly recommended.
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.
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