Close my Eyes – Sophie McKenzie

closemyeyesIt’s been over eight years since Geniver Loxley lost her daughter, Beth.

Since that day, Gen has been floundering. While her husband Art builds his business reputation and their fortune, she can’t let go of Beth.
And then one day, everything changes. A strange woman shows up on Gen’s doorstep, saying the very thing she longs to hear: that Beth is alive. that she is out there somewhere, waiting for Gen to find her…

Close My Eyes is a very demanding read, it demands that you forgo things like sleep, making dinner, being sociable and is extremely distracting when you have to do things like go to work or shop for groceries I was very tempted to say to heck with it and just read.

Anyway on with the review…

Losing her daughter at birth has affected Gen deeply, even eight years later on the cusp of again attempting IVF to have another child she can barely face the thought of replacing the child that she never knew.

When a stranger connected to a member of the operating theeatre team that helped her give birth appears on her doorstep with the shocking news that Gen’s daughter is still alive and that her husband was complicit in the subterfuge she decides to take matters into her own hands by investigating the woman’s claims.

Ignoring advice from her friends and husband she finds an ally in Lorcan an ex-colleague of her husband that has his own agenda in getting involved with Gen and her search. a mystery that, at times had me wondering if it were real or if Gen was slowly going mad.

The chapters of the story are interspersed with twisted tellings of a budding psychopath’s adventures as a child.

This is Sophie McKenzie’s first adult novel, I am a big fan of her young adult books and she has not lost the spark present in her previous writing.

I have already said that Close My Eyes is gripping and it is but it is also wonderfully twisted and comes together brilliantly with a coda that left me wanting more and hoping for a sequel.

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