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Hide Your Eyes
     

Hide Your Eyes

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by Alison Gaylin
 

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New York Rule #1: Don’t get involved.
 
Samantha Leiffer already has a self-centered self-help guru for a mother, a cadre of off-kilter Greenwich Village pals, and an ex-boyfriend who cheated on her with women and men. She doesn’t need more grief. But when she accidentally spies two people dumping a dubious-looking ice chest

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New York Rule #1: Don’t get involved.
 
Samantha Leiffer already has a self-centered self-help guru for a mother, a cadre of off-kilter Greenwich Village pals, and an ex-boyfriend who cheated on her with women and men. She doesn’t need more grief. But when she accidentally spies two people dumping a dubious-looking ice chest into the Hudson, she has an unsettling feeling about its contents. . . .
 
New York Rule #2: Don’t make eye contact.
 
So, not being the kind of girl to let some psycho get away with murder, Sam sets out to unravel a mystery—and is soon being stalked by a sinister, shadowy figure who’s wearing one-of-a-kind mirrored contact lenses. . . .
 
New York Rule #3: If you must break Rules #1 and #2, get some help from New York’s Finest.
 
Now, aided by a hard-as-nails (but still very hot) homicide detective, Sam is poking into some unsavory places—and finding out more creepy stuff than she ever wanted to know. . . .
 
New York Rules #4 and #5: Don’t expect anything to be what it seems . . . and when necessary, fight like hell.

"Punchy, comic, and clever, Hide Your Eyes will blow your mind."—Lisa Gardner

"A smart, snappy piece of deviltry."—Perri O'Shaughnessy

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Samantha Leiffer knows she has relationship issues. Her sexy ex-boyfriend cheated on her with both men and women -- while she hasn't had a date in six months. She divides her time between teaching preschool and working in a way-off-Broadway theater box office, surrounded by people who make her young students seem mature by comparison. Her much-divorced mother is a famous relationship guru who prefers to communicate with Sam via emails and postcards (featuring quotes from her bestselling books!). And her superstitious grandma gifted Sam with an imagination -- or is it intuition? -- that sometimes gets the better of her.

Sam is certain she'll have a terrible Valentine's Day…and she's dead right. The day starts with a bad omen -- Dead Man's Fingers sending chills down her spine -- and things go downhill from there. The police visit her classroom, offering safety advice for the kids that stirs up terrifying memories for Sam. She's so unsettled she goes to an abandoned pier to stare out at the Hudson River…and inadvertently witnesses a powerful man and a scantily clad woman dumping an ice chest into the water. Before she can turn away, the man's gaze meets hers, and Sam's uneasiness turns to full-scale panic. His eyes are like mirrors, their silver surface reflecting burning fury. Sam flees to the dubious safety of her night job…but she can't get what she's seen out of her head -- not even when she learns that the man's strange eyes were just the effect of the latest rage, reflecting contact lenses called magic mirrors. Then a child's body is found in an ice chest identical to the one she'd seen, and Sam knows she was right to be afraid. Everywhere she goes now she finds traces of evil -- and even the sexy cop who believes her story may not be able to protect her from a danger that comes closer with each passing day.

This masterful debut definitely marks Alison Gaylin as a new writer to watch. Sue Stone
Publishers Weekly
In journalist Gaylin's sharp debut suspense novel, preschool teacher and off-off-Broadway box office staffer Samantha Leiffer is happy with her offbeat life in downtown Manhattan-"the kind of muted happy that you don't notice at the time." Then, sitting on an abandoned pier taking a break from a tough day, she witnesses a couple disposing of an ice chest in the Hudson's chilly waters. Sam realizes that the man has seen her watching-and when the chest turns out to hold the body of a mutilated child, she's drawn into a world of intrigue. Attacks on Sam as well as key friends force her to try to unravel clues to the murder. Her chief ally is policeman John Krull, whose quiet solidity leads her gradually toward love. Though the crime plot overshadows several of Gaylin's most appealing secondary situations late in the book, this is a consistently entertaining evocation of Manhattan's strange and artsy underside, narrated by a heroine with a beautifully judged blend of warmth and wit, independence and edge. Agent, Deborah Schneider. (Mar.) Forecast: Advance praise from bestsellers Perri O'Shaughnessy and Lisa Gardner will alert their readers to this quality debut. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101498170
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
416,230
File size:
241 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Hide Your Eyes 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Amanda1988 More than 1 year ago
First book by this author I have read. I didn't get deeply involved in the book yet I couldn't put it down. Read the whole thing in one day.
PMN-12345 More than 1 year ago
Im 13 and I really enjoyed this book. I got into it and got a bit freaked. But in a good way. It was thrilling and also romantic. Great book. I read it in two days. Couldn't put it down.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
If someone had told me a few months ago that there was such a book as chick-lit romantic suspense, I would have said they were crazy. Alas, little did I know that not only does such a book exits, it's a totally awesome new genre! You really don't want to miss HIDE YOUR EYES by Alison Gaylin, and you definitely don't want to overlook her brand of sassiness, sarcastic humor, and down-and-dirty romantic suspense.

Poor Samantha Leiffer-the girl just cannot get a break! She moved to New York to be with the love of her life, Nate, a man more breathtaking than a god and more charming than a snake. The only problem was, Nate really was a snake, one who boinked everyone within walking distance of his and Samantha's apartment. And by everyone, I mean everyone-seems old Nate wasn't very discriminating when it came to the male or female status of his conquests. So here's poor Sam, working two jobs-one as a teacher at the Sunny Side nursery school, the other in the box-office of an off-off-off-off-off Broadway theater named the Space-and on Valentine's Day, that day of love and passion, she just so happens to witness a man and woman drop an ice chest into the Hudson River. That alone might be suspicious, but after all, it's a low point in Sam's life, and she's suspicious by nature.

What follows is something that even her mother, Sydney Stark-Leiffer, self-help guru and mostly off-her-rocker publicity hound, wouldn't be able to come up with a quick answer to. There really was something suspicious in that hastily dumped ice chest-a body, to be exact, and one with it's eyes gouged out, to be even more exact. Suddenly, Sam's life is in more upheaval than her Space coworker who took a three-year vow of silence to save her voice for her upcoming one-woman show.

Now a mystery psychopath in mirrored sunglasses is following her around, she's getting heavy-breathing and intimidating phone calls in the middle of the night, and a one-man Hercules show by the name of John Krull is helping Sam in her find-the-bad-guy detective show.

HIDE YOUR EYES is, beyond and without a doubt, simply awesome. Told in first person, you'll nevertheless feel as if you're walking beside Sam as she comes to terms with everything that's going on in her life-the departure of slimy Nate, the entrance of yummy Krull, the schizophrenia of her mother, the eccentricities of her circle of friends, and not to mention her need to single-handedly bring justice to New York. Alison Gaylin has penned a true winner, and I can't wait for the sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If someone had told me a few months ago that there was such a book as chick-lit romantic suspense, I would have said they were crazy. Alas, little did I know that not only does such a book exits, it's a totally awesome new genre! You really don't want to miss HIDE YOUR EYES by Alison Gaylin, and you definitely don't want to overlook her brand of sassiness, sarcastic humor, and down-and-dirty romantic suspense. Poor Samantha Leiffer-the girl just cannot get a break! She moved to New York to be with the love of her life, Nate, a man more breathtaking than a god and more charming than a snake. The only problem was, Nate really was a snake, one who boinked everyone within walking distance of his and Samantha's apartment. And by everyone, I mean everyone-seems old Nate wasn't very discriminating when it came to the male or female status of his conquests. So here's poor Sam, working two jobs-one as a teacher at the Sunny Side nursery school, the other in the box-office of an off-off-off-off-off Broadway theater named the Space-and on Valentine's Day, that day of love and passion, she just so happens to witness a man and woman drop an ice chest into the Hudson River. That alone might be suspicious, but after all, it's a low point in Sam's life, and she's suspicious by nature. What follows is something that even her mother, Sydney Stark-Leiffer, self-help guru and mostly off-her-rocker publicity hound, wouldn't be able to come up with a quick answer to. There really was something suspicious in that hastily dumped ice chest-a body, to be exact, and one with it's eyes gouged out, to be even more exact. Suddenly, Sam's life is in more upheaval than her Space coworker who took a three-year vow of silence to save her voice for her upcoming one-woman show. Now a mystery psychopath in mirrored sunglasses is following her around, she's getting heavy-breathing and intimidating phone calls in the middle of the night, and a one-man Hercules show by the name of John Krull is helping Sam in her find-the-bad-guy detective show. HIDE YOUR EYES is, beyond and without a doubt, simply awesome. Told in first person, you'll nevertheless feel as if you're walking beside Sam as she comes to terms with everything that's going on in her life-the departure of slimy Nate, the entrance of yummy Krull, the schizophrenia of her mother, the eccentricities of her circle of friends, and not to mention her need to single-handedly bring justice to New York. Alison Gaylin has penned a true winner, and I can't wait for the sequel to this book, which is slated to hit the shelves in January of 2006.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I CANT WAIT FOR HER NEXT NOVEL. THE SARCASTIC HUMOR AND SUSPENSE IS WHAT KEPT ME TURNING EACH PAGE.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Samantha Leiffer moved from California to Manhattan to be with her boyfriend who turned out to be cheating on her with men and women. She stays in New York and holds two jobs, one as a teacher at the Sunny Side Nursery School and the other at the Off-Broadway Space Theatre's box office. One day she takes a walk by the Hudson River and sees a man and a coatless woman toss an ice chest into the water. Sam has a real bad feeling about the scene.................... Strange things begin happening to Sam. A word is printed in her book that she reads to her students. She finds a picture of her mother with her eyes pried out. A one word email arrives at her computer at the Space Theater. The police find the ice chest; inside is a three year old child with her eyes cut out. The killer escalates his attacks on Sam and more children die. Sexy Detective John Krull has her stay in his apartment and under his guard because it is clear that the killer wants her as his next victim........................ The story starts out offbeat, funny and lighthearted as the heroine copes with the radical changes in her life and her runaway imagination. HIDE YOUR EYES gets scary very quickly as Samantha's imagination becomes real and the killer is stalking her and innocent children. The tension soars to unbearable levels and not even Sam's romantic affair with Detective Krull is enough to stop readers form wanting to know what the killer will do next. Allison Gaylin is a bright new star in the psychological suspense and thriller horizons................. Harriet Klausner
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This was a new author for me. I really enjoyed this exciting, easy reading book!
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