Close my eyes – Sophie McKenzie

close my eyesTitle: Close My Eyes
Author: Sophie McKenzie
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 391
My rating★★★★✫

My mother has recommended this book to me. She borrowed it from a friend and then gave it to me because she thought I would really like this story. On the cover it says that readers who loved ‘Before I go to sleep’ by S.J. Watson will love this novel. Since I did love that one I was curious if I’d like this one as well.

What the book is about

When Geniver Loxley lost her daughter at birth eight years ago, her world stopped… and never fully started again. Mothers with strollers still make her flinch; her love of writing has turned into a half-hearted teaching career; and she and her husband, Art, have slipped into the kind of rut that seems inescapable.

But then a stranger shows up on their doorstep, telling Gen the very thing she’s always wanted to hear: that her daughter Beth was not stillborn, but was taken away as a healthy infant and is still out there, somewhere, waiting to be found. It’s insane, unbelievable. But why would anyone make that up? A fissure suddenly opens up in Gen’s carefully reconstructed life, letting in a flood of unanswerable questions. Where is Beth now? Why is Art so reluctant to get involved? To save his wife from further hurt? Or is it something more sinister? And who can she trust to help her?

Ignoring the warnings of her husband and friends, Gen begins to delve into the dark corners of her past, hopeful she’ll find a clue to her daughter’s whereabouts. But hope quickly turns into fear and paranoia, as she realizes that finding the answers might open the door to something even worse than not knowing. A truth that could steal everything she holds close – even her own life.

What I think about the book

First of all I must admit that reading this book during my pregnancy wasn’t such a good idea. Gen has lost her daughter to stillbirth, or so she thinks until a mysterious lady rings her door bell to tell her that her baby is still alive. Immediately Gen wants to know more about this. Is there a chance that her Beth is still alive? Nobody seems to believe her and still she continues her search.

I had no idea what to expect from this story and I had no idea who had stolen her baby and why. From the beginning a few of the characters seem suspicious, but usually the obvious ones are not the actual perpetrators. So I kept on reading. Various plot twists keep the book interesting and fast paced, although other incidents are a bit far-fetched. My only real complaint would be the end of the book. I think that the author wrapped up the story a bit too fast and for me that wasn’t satisfying. I would have liked to read more of what happened next.

I wanted to rate this book with 3,5 stars, but was willing to make it 4, because the book was interesting and exciting until the end.

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