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“The story is told by Geniver, and reader Marisa Calin brings a richness in tone and personality to the character.” – The Star-Ledger
“…skillfully narrated by Marisa Calin in an inspired, emotional performance. Calin’s ability to capture the essence of the novel’s troubled, ravaged heroine, Geniver Loxley, is extraordinary. Calin’s pacing is steady, her tone is simple and understated, and yet her voice possesses a slight tremble during Geniver’s dialogue. In this audio edition, McKenzie and Calin – by the power of her performance – force listeners to wonder how they might act in a similar situation.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Narrator Marisa Calin’s pacing is perfect for the slow unraveling of the story…Recommended to Tami Hoag and Lisa Gardner fans.” – Library Journal
Verdict British YA and children’s author McKenzie (Girl, Missing; Sister, Missing) makes her U.S. debut with her first psychological thriller for adults. Told in Gen’s voice, the story’s tension mounts with palpable dread, and, at first, it’s not quite clear if her suspicions are real, or the delusions of a woman still grieving for a lost child.The suspense throughout this creepy novel is exquisite, and the twists are true shockers. This one packs an emotional punch. [See Prepub Alert, 1/14/13; 150,000-copy first printing.]—Kristin Centorcelli, Denton, TX
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Posted July 9, 2013
This novel burns like a New Mexico fire, slow and steady, tearing through trees and leaves once the winds change, licking at the tips, spreading rapidly and with reckless abandon before the firefighters and volunteers can snuff it out. And it crept up on me, unassuming, inconsequential even, like a kitten with rabies that lashed out at my pant leg once my back was turned. But unlike the fire and rabid kitten, I happened to enjoy the process, the slow and steady progress toward the climactic conclusion. There are no cheap resolutions here, as I CLOSE MY EYES and try to end the nightmare, the harsh reality that has taken over for the beating of my pulse.
Like the novel itself, the characters play out in ritualistic fashion, until I realized Gen, Hen, Art, and Morgan all had secrets that were better left unsaid. The demons boiling underneath that needed an audience and a voice to be heard. Before the voices shattered my world and turned it upside down. The buildup is there, the slow, steady climb to the top, but the ride felt a bit too leisurely at times, before the train really started to pick up speed heading toward the home stretch and crashing into the station, bricks and mortar flinging out in every direction.
With characters that accentuate with time and pages accumulated, a plot that burns like a cigarette that has been blown out and then applied to bare skin, and enough untold truths and hidden lies to fill a closet, there's more here than I first realized. And I found the ride enjoyable.
If you like a little psychological, possibly even a bit crazy, in your world, then this may be one train you want to follow out of the station.
I received this book for free through NetGalley.
Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
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Posted February 8, 2014
Close My Eyes - Tame YA Version of Psychological Fiction
First off and fore most, I must admit that I am a major slacker and over the holiday's, managed to let my reviews get absolutely out of control, so now I am trying to play catch up on all of them. With that being said, I finished this book in early November, and had to actually re-read the Synopsis and other reviews just to trigger my memory as to what the conclusion of the book actually was. That is why I had to give this book only 2 of 5 bookworms (which I REALLY hate to do, as you will see from many of my other reviews, which consistently stay around 4 to 5 bookworms!) So, with that being said, let's get to it!
I know that Sophie McKenzie typically writes YA novels, and I found that this book seemed to more stay within that realm than I think she initially wanted it to. For it being a psychological fiction novel, I thought that it was incredibly tame and laid back, which I correlated with being more of a YA feel!
I was totally excited to read this book based on the synopsis, because what better of a plot than for a grieving mother to honestly believe that her child may still be alive?!? With that being said, the plot was full of twists and turns, however, a lot of them were more confusing than concise. At times it was really hard to follow this book, and some moments found me totally screaming at Gen, the main characters, saying HELLO, why don't you get it!?!? The result of the plot didn't come out until the very end, but I felt like the ending was left wide open, so if felt a little confusing.
The characters of the book were good characters, and I felt myself totally empathizing with Geniver and staying totally on her side throughout the book, cheering for her as it went along! I found myself mistrusting Art, her husband, and even her so-called friends.
The narrator did a wonderful job of reading the story she was given to read. There is only so much you can do with what you have, and I think that was more or less the case with Close My Eyes. It absolutely wouldn't hinder my decision in picking up another book narrated by Marisa Calin! I loved her accent (which is odd for me, because English accents usually totally throw me off!)
Overall, I absolutely wouldn't reread this book (but then again, I've never reread a book, but I wouldn't even have the slightest desire to do so)! This book may be great for some, but it wasn't good enough to leave a decent impression about the story, to where I couldn't even recall the ending without some prompting. I think that if you love to read YA novels, you might like it more, but I think it's definitely out of its league comparing itself to books such as Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson. These author's have truly perfected their writing in the Psychological genre, and I don't believe that Close My Eyes has quite gotten there yet!
First posted at Chorley Chronicals!
Posted December 8, 2013
Had an interesting idea, but that's all it was. Felt like the author forgot to go back and fill in the blanks on the outline. The "twist" was obvious from very early on. There was no explanation for why any of the characters did anything.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 28, 2013
This book was brilliant! I loved the twist it had. I was surprised at the end. I could not put the book down! A must read. Those who do not like the book are crazy and do not know what suspense is!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 29, 2013
This was so good, I literally could not put it down and I love when that happens!
I enjoy YA books so I Think I will have to check out her previous works.
This book starts out rather simply but the ending will smack you sideways!
Twists and turns with thrilling suspense and a story that will make every mother
Who reads it rush to hug her children.
Geniver is a happily married woman who one day answers her front door to find a woman who rocks Geniver’s world with the words…”It’s your baby Beth, She’s alive”
Geniver is stunned, years of anguish and grief over the loss of her child and now this? Her little girl died 8 years ago, how could this possibly be, and could it be true?
And with those words she sets out to find out exactly what happened 8 years ago when she was told her baby was stillborn and with the help of one of her husbands friends they embark on a dangerous journey to find beth
If you love mysterys and thrillers this is the book to keep you up late into the night wondering….
Posted August 23, 2013
This was one of the most intriguing stories I have read in a while. It became slightly predictable in my opinion but I still couldn't put it down! Every member in my book club came to discuss it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 4, 2013
I was so MAD when I finished this book - what poorly developed, one-dimensonal developed, unbelievevable styoryline and sickening ending. I wouldn't have ever watsed my time, except I was reading for a Book Club. Dont waste YOUR time.....Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 29, 2013
I was hesitant about buying this book, but once I read the sample I was immediately hooked and had to read it. I spent an entire Saturday reading this book from front to back and it did not disappoint. You really feel a connection with the main character, Gen, and soon despise the people who have kept secrets from her. There is a lot of twists in this book, closer to the end, I thought I had it all figured out until the author surprised me with more secrets revealed. I'm not sure why this book is being compared to Before I Go to Sleep (which made me fall sleep!) and Gone Girl. I wouldn't relate any of them together, so if you didn't like those 2 books, don't let it scare you from this one. I can't wait until this author comes out with more fiction!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 13, 2013
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