It's been eight years since Geniver Loxley lost her daughter, Beth.Since that day, Gen has been floundering. While her husband Art builds his business reputation and their fortune, she can't let go of Beth.
And then one day, everything changes. A strange woman shows up on Gen's doorstep, saying the very thing she longs to hear: that Beth is alive. That she is out there somewhere, waiting for Gen to find her . . .
It's insane. Unthinkable. But why would someone make up such a story? Ignoring the warnings of her husband and friends, Gen begins to hope - hope that quickly turns into fear and paranoia.
With questions swirling around her head, Gen is determined to uncover the truth. But who can she trust? Why is Art so reluctant to get involved? To save his wife from further hurt? Or something much more sinister? Is Beth even really out there? And, if so, who is responsible for taking her?
'Close My Eyes starts with a parent's worst nightmare and builds from there, twists and twists again, finally delivering a final punch that will leave you gasping.' - Joseph Finder,New York Times bestselling author
*This eBook now contains a sneak peek of Sophie McKenzie's gripping psychological thriller, Trust in Me, also available in paperback and eBook*
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Young-adult sensation Sophie McKenzie (author of the Girl, Missing series) made her adult fiction debut with this chilling psychological thriller. Eight years after the death of her only daughter, a shattered woman confronts the unthinkable: not only is her little girl alive, but her husband might have been complicit in her disappearance. Sinister secrets and dizzyingly suspenseful cliffhangers pepper every chapter, making Close My Eyes an intense and emotional novel you won’t want to put down.
At the outset of British author McKenzie's uneven first adult novel and U.S. debut, Geniver Loxley receives shocking news: her child, apparently stillborn eight years earlier, may actually be alive and her devoted husband, Art, may have been responsible for the deception. The information understandably shatters Gen's world, and assisted by attractive bad-boy Lorcan Byrne, she begins unraveling the mystery. While the plot unfurls nicely, some readers may be impatient with the bland, waffling Gen, who spends much of her time debating which man she ought to trust in helping her uncover the truth. Foregrounding Gen's inner feelings hampers the development of genuine tension. McKenzie (Missing Me) works diligently to fulfill genre expectations, providing shoals of red herrings and blithely killing off auxiliary characters before they reveal anything more than fragments of useful information. Those who like their thrillers with heaping spoonfuls of romance will be satisfied. Announced first printing of 150,000.