Gone Girl meets Before I Go to Sleep in this riveting psychological thriller about a grieving mother who finds out years after her daughter's death that her child may still be alive.
It's been eight grief-filled years since Geniver Loxley lost her daughter, Beth. Once a writer, Gen has settled into a life of half-hearted teaching while her husband, Art, makes his name and their fortune - and pressures her into yet another round of IVF. For Gen, battle-scarred from years of failed attempts to get pregnant with a second baby, this feels like a cruel attempt to replace Beth. Life without her child is inconceivable, unbearable - but still it goes on.
And then a woman arrives on Gen's doorstep, saying the very thing she longs to hear: that her daughter was not stillborn, but was spirited away as a healthy child, and is out there, waiting to be found. So why is Art reluctant to get involved? To save his wife from further hurt? Or is it something else ... something more sinister? What is the truth about Beth Loxley?
Close My Eyes is a deeply chilling and addictively compelling page-turner that grabs onto the reader and doesn't let go.
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"Although this novel is being touted as a read-alike for Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl (2012), it lacks the complexity and depth of that title; instead, it more closely resembles Elizabeth Haynes' slam-bang suspenser Into the Darkest Corner (2012)." - Booklist
"McKenzie's maiden thriller is a hit, even if it becomes a bit crowded in the process." - Kirkus
"Those who like their thrillers with heaping spoonfuls of romance will be satisfied." - Publishers Weekly
"Close My Eyes starts with a parent's worst nightmare and builds from there, twists and twists again, delivering a final punch that will leave you gasping." - Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Buried Secrets and Paranoia
"Every year I read a new psychological suspense novel by a new author that I rave about for months This year it's Close My Eyes. I literally cannot wait to start raving abou this book and it kills me it won't be published until summer. This is definitely one of my favorite books of 2013." Robin Beerbower, Salem Public Library
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Sophie McKenzie is the bestselling author of more than fifteen novels for children and teens in the UK, including the award winning Girl, Missing and Blood Ties. She has won numerous awards, was one of the first Richard and Judy children's book club winners, and has twice been longlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal. She lives in London and writes full-time.
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