Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (9 May 2013)
It’s been eight years since Gen Loxley lost her daughter, Beth: eight years of grief in which nothing’s really moved forward, for all that her husband, Art, wills it to. Gen, once a writer of novels, has settled in to a life of half-hearted teaching, while Art makes his name and their fortune – and pressures her into trying IVF once again. For Gen, it seems a cruel act of replacement; life without Beth is unthinkable, unbearable – but still it goes on. And then a woman arrives on Gen’s doorstep, saying the very thing she longs to hear: that her daughter was not stillborn, but was spirited away as a healthy child, and is out there, waiting to be found…So why is Art reluctant to get involved? To save his wife from further hurt? Or something much more sinister? What is the truth about Beth Loxley?
Close My Eyes begins with Gen and Art’s appointment with Mr Tamansini at the fertility clinic. They’ve been through IVF six times and Gen really doesn’t want to go through it again. She just can’t handle the hope. We get to know how Gen still feels about stillborn Beth.
Art is successful in the business world with Loxley Benson and TV appearances on The Trials. He is driven and gets what he wants. Gen is just getting through her days – not fully engaging with anyone or anything.
We get to know their background … how they met. After Lucy O’Donnell drops her bombshell, we meet Gen’s best friend Hen shortly followed by Morgan who is Art’s half-sister. At Art’s 40th birthday party, we get to meet Lorcan who was fired from Loxley Benson in the early days for misconduct.
With all our main characters in place and Gen motivated to find out more about Beth’s death, we’re taken through a psychological journey of suspense, mystery and intrigue.
The characters are brilliant. You get a real sense of what motivates them. Even with the narration from Gen’s point of view the characters come alive.
Every time I thought I had worked it out, a few pages later the author gave extra information that meant it couldn’t possibly be what I thought it was! I also couldn’t work out is the brief interludes interspersed through the story. Why were they there? Where did they fit into the whole? Very, very, clever and so much more significant than I thought.
There are quite a few tense and harrowing scenes and twists and turns which move the plot along and there’s not one place I felt I could put the book down to be picked up at a later date. This is a story you will just want to keep on reading!
Close My Eyes is a psychological thriller that you will empathise with and become so caught up in that while you’re reading, this IS your reality.
I would like to thank the publishers for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Sophie McKenzie is the award-winning author of a range of teen thrillers, including the Missing series (Girl, Missing, Sister, Missing and Missing Me), Blood Ties and Blood Ransom and the Medusa Project series. She has also written two romance series: the Luke and Eve books and the Flynn series, which starts with the novel Falling Fast. Visit the author’s website www.sophiemckenziebooks.com , connect on Facebook facebook.com/sophiemckenzieauthor and Twitter: @sophiemckenzie_