Author: Amanda Eyre Ward
Where I got it: From NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review
For most of her life, Lauren Mahdian has been certain of two things: that her mother is dead, and that her father is a murderer. Before the horrific tragedy, Lauren led a sheltered life on the banks of Long Island Sound, a haven of luxurious homes and seemingly perfect families. But one morning, eight-year-old Lauren and her older brother awoke to discover their mother’s body and their beloved father arrested for the murder.
Years later, Lauren is surrounded by uncertainty. Startling revelations force her to peek under the floorboards of her carefully constructed memories, put aside the version of history that she has clung to so fiercely, and search for the truth of what really happened that fateful night long ago.
Close Your Eyes follows Lauren and her brother into adulthood after one terrible night changed everything for the two of them. The kids were out camping in the yard, and when they came in in the morning, discovered their mother’s dead body. Their father was convicted for the murder, and Lauren has always believed he was at fault, but her brother has never agreed. As their lives begin to separate, as adults, Lauren begins to see the alternate perspective, and this discovery could rock her world once again.
Close Your Eyes was at times irrational, but always interesting. I found myself flipping sides multiple times throughout the book, and feeling along with the characters as they went through their path of discovery. While this wasn’t a completely earth shattering book for me, I definitely enjoyed it, and would recommend this contemporary story.