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Publisher's Summary

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.

But one morning, six-year-old Lauren and eight-year-old Alex awoke after a night spent in their tree house to discover their mother's body and their beloved father arrested for the murder.

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.

©2011 Amanda Eyre Ward (P)2011 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“With the deft hand of an assured storyteller, Amanda Eyre Ward has concocted a dark yet tender tale about two grown siblings struggling to forge normal lives in the wake of an unimaginably shattering crisis: the conviction of their father for the murder of their mother. It is a tale of twists, turns, secrets, and surprises - all the more engaging for its finely drawn characters. Ward understands just how our flaws betray us and how redemption always comes at a price - yet her deep empathy makes this, ultimately, a story about the power of trust in the people we love.” (Julia Glass, author of The Widower’s Tale)
Close Your Eyes doesn’t hook you as much as it spins a delicate but powerful web around you. Amanda Eyre Ward goes straight to the heart of her complex, nuanced characters, and with empathy and insight she lays them bare. As a reader, you’re powerless against the elegance of her prose and the emotional honesty of her story. You’ll close the cover on this book, but you won’t forget it.” (Lisa Unger, New York Times best-selling author of Fragile)
“I absolutely loved this beautiful, haunting story of a woman who learns to come to terms with a dark, deep family secret. This is the kind of book that hooks you right in, brings tears to your eyes, and ends on a note of shining hope. Lauren Mahdian will feel like your sister, your best friend.” (Tatiana de Rosnay, author of Sarah's Key and A Secret Kept)

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Ugh.

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

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Enjoyable and light

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.

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Hated it!

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.

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Glued to it

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.