Friday, 6 September 2013

Close My Eyes – Sophie McKenzie

A good friend, who knows my taste in books, bought me this book for my birthday. And I have to say I could hardly put it down.  The book is the author’s debut adult novel, although she has written over 15 novels for children and teenagers.  I first heard about it when it was listed in Richard and Judy’s summer book club.
It’s the story of Gen who gave birth to a still born daughter eight years ago.  She was told by the doctor and her husband that the baby was so badly disfigured, she would be better not to see her. 
It is perhaps because she has never had any closure that she has struggled to get over the loss of her child and hasn’t been able to conceive since, despite courses of IVF.
Then one day a stranger turns up on her doorstep and tells her that her daughter didn’t die at all, and worse, that her husband knows.
Gen begins a journey to uncover the truth, even though she no longer knows who she can trust, least of all her husband.  It’s a journey fraught with danger, which threatens both Gen’s life and those of the people who try to help her.
This is an absolutely brilliant book, with fantastic plot twists which keep you turning page after page. I kept promising myself I would only read one more chapter but the hooks at the end of each chapter were just too enticing to let me put it down. 
I can’t recommend this book highly enough.



  1. Thanks. I'm always on the look out for good books - I'll make a note of it.

  2. That sounds like a very good read, thank you! I'll look out for it x

  3. Thanks for that. I'm always on the lookout for a really good book as I read at least one a week. Just found your blog, so will be looking out for more good reads.

  4. Hi All, yes, can definitely recommend this one, and was delighted to find out that there is a second book by this author - Split Second, so I'll be on the look out for that too.