Open Your Eyes by Paula Daly
eBook review copy: 304 pages
Open Your Eyes by Paula Daly is a highly recommended domestic thriller.
Leon and Jane Campbell live in Liverpool where Leon is a published
writer and Jane is a want-to-be published writer and a teacher of
writing. The couple have two children and are by all accounts happy when
the unexpected happens. While sitting in the car, arguing with a
truculent neighbor, a horrible accident happens and Leon is rushed to
the hospital. Thankfully Jane and the children are okay, but when Jane
discovers what caused Leon's accident, and subsequent coma and brain
damage, she needs to take care of her family and try to figure out who
and why someone would want to harm Leon.
Jane is a likeable character and readers will be hoping she finds the
answers she seeks and can manage to keep her whole family safe and
together through the whole traumatic event. There are no easy answers
for Jane as she begins to ask some uncomfortable questions and uncover
some information Leon has hidden from her. Although Jane has to figure
out who would attack her husband, her circumstances allow readers to
bestow her character with understanding and sympathy as she slowly
uncovers more information.
The writing is great and Daly keeps the novel moving along at an even
pace. She slowly allows more information to be uncovered while Jane goes
through the overwhelming struggle to keep it all together. Some of the
twists in Jane's discovery are surprising and frightening while others
are puzzling. The even pacing of the new information and twists allow
your interest in the story to remain without flagging or feeling like
the story is slowing down. I'm not a fan of the ending, but in totality,
this is an entertaining novel.
My review copy was courtesy of Grove/Atlantic.
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