In this profound and lyrical novel, acclaimed author Amanda Eyre Ward explores the deeper meanings of motherhood....
When Lydia was a teenager, she made a decision that ruined her family's life. They've spent the last 30 years living with the consequences and doing their best to pretend it never happened....
In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse....
On paper, Chris Brennan looks perfect. He's applying for a job as a high school government teacher, and his references are impeccable. But everything about Chris Brennan is a lie....
Agatha is pregnant and works part time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due....
You're home making dinner for your husband. You expect him any second. The phone rings - it's the call you hoped you'd never get....
In Close Your Eyes, the author of the best-selling How to Be Lost spins another mesmerizing tale of buried family secrets.
For most of her life, Lauren Mahdian has been certain of two things: that her mother is dead, and that her father is a murderer.Before the horrific tragedy, Lauren led a sheltered life in a wealthy corner of America, in a town outside Manhattan on the banks of Long Island Sound, a haven of luxurious homes, manicured lawns, and seemingly perfect families. Here Lauren and her older brother, Alex, thought they were safe.
Years later, Lauren is surrounded by uncertainty. Her one constant is Alex, always her protector, still trying to understand the unraveling of his idyllic childhood. But Lauren feels even more alone when Alex reveals that he's been in contact over the years with their imprisoned father - and that he believes he and his sister have yet to learn the full story of their mother's death.
Then Alex disappears.
As Lauren is forced to peek under the floorboards of her carefully constructed memories, she comes to question the version of her history that she has clung to so fiercely. Lauren's search for the truth about what happened on that fateful night so many years ago is a riveting tale that will keep readers feverishly turning pages.
Ugh. I did not like this at all.
It was so short, it could almost qualify as a short story. While I have no problems with short stories, I do have a problem when I pay for something that is considered a novel, and is not. But, I am not even considering this in my review. That was just a bit of an annoyance.
The writing was juvenile. The conversations were very unnatural. If the author would have read these aloud, she probably would have noticed.
The scenes with the therapist were terribly unrealistic. I've had my fare share of experience with therapists, and this did not ring true at all. I know everyone's experience will be different, but no, not even remotely buying it.
I don't know if it's because I live in Austin, but the way the author used the city was just done so heavy-handedly. I still liked hearing about my local haunts, but you can get more creative than that.
Audiobook version comment - very mediocre narrators. But, then again, it was a mediocre book.
I feel like I could just ramble on with stuff I don't like, so I'm just going to stop now.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed listening to this book. Definitely not great literature but an interesting story that moves along. Narration was good too. Beach reading for your ears.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Hated it. It was a mish-mosh of tangents and I never really understood where it was going. Too much blabbing and not enough GETTING TO THE POINT! On top of all this, it felt very hackneyed – like a Y.A. novel… really not for me AT ALL.
I am almost done, and I will finish out of some ridiculous sense of obligation, but It really was not for me.
I don’t give a fig how it ends, I just want it to be over.
If you could sum up Close Your Eyes in three words, what would they be?
Great story with twists I didn't see coming. Voice of narrator gave the main character personality so really cared about her.