Haven’t we all wanted to pretend everything is fine?
Jane doesn’t like confrontation. Given the choice, she’d prefer to focus on what’s going well, the good things in life.
But when her husband, Leon, is brutally attacked in the driveway of their home, in front of their two young children, Jane has to face reality. As he lies in a coma, Jane must open her eyes to the problems in her life, and the secrets that have been kept from her, if she’s to find out who hurt her husband – and why.
Maybe it’s time to face up to it all. Who knows what you might find . . .
PRAISE FOR PAULA DALY:
‘The UK’s answer to Liane Moriarty. Amazing.’ Claire McGowan
‘Thoroughly enjoyable – a big-hearted, empathetic novel about ordinary lives and the tremors that can rock them.’ Guardian
‘Kept me guessing right until the end. I devoured it.’ Claire Douglas
‘Deliciously dark and addictive. I defy anyone starts it not to race through the pages until they reach the final, brilliant twist.’ Colette McBeth
‘She writes with a singular voice and a fierce passion that roars off the page.’ Daily Mail
Open Your Eyes opens in a startling and traumatic way when we witness a brutal and relentless attack on Leon in his own driveway. The way that Paula Daly takes this attack and uses it to weave a clever, shocking and addictive read about the repercussions of violence and the secrets that can lurk just below the surface of everyday family life made for a page-turning summer read.
The fact that Jane is not just dealing with an attack but the domino effect this has on her peace of mind as events unravel made this very difficult to put down as we get caught up in the way that Jane’s mind is working and desperate to get to the heart of the mystery that we sense as we move closer to the ‘reveal’ Jane is a fantastic character and the fact that she and Leon are both writers is a brilliant touch. The fine line between truth and fictions and the characters that we invent for ourselves and others are intriguing themes and I loved the way that Paula Daly tantalises us with tiny glimpses of information throughout the novel so that we follow these breadcrumbs greedily throughout the novel.
In terms of a Domestic Noir read, this outclasses many of its competitors – the fact that Dark Water will be appearing on screen next year should show you that Paula Daly is really writing at the top of her game. If you love Liane Moriarty and haven’t read any of Paula’s books yet then you are definitely in for a treat. Get down to your nearest bookshop and order the lot – the setting, characterisation and level of suspense are fantastically sustained and you’ll end up like me with dark circles under your eyes the next day as I had to keep reading this until I was done.
I began Open Your Eyes on a flight home from an action-packed weekend in Ireland – and even though I was totally exhausted on my journey back, I continued reading it when I got home and didn’t close it until I turned the very last page.
I’d like to thank Anne Cater for inviting me on the blog tour and absolutely recommend that you get out there and buy it for yourself. This was hard to review with no spoilers because there are so many twists and turns, you’ll be dizzy. It’s a dark, immersive and dramatic read that I will be recommending to everyone…
Open Your Eyes is an absolutely fantastic Summer Read. What are you waiting for – Order a copy for yourself right here
Writer On The Shelf
Paula Daly is the acclaimed author of five novels. Her work has been sold in fifteen countries, shortlisted for CWA Gold Dagger Crime Novel of the Year award, and her books are currently being developed into the ITV drama – Deep Water – set to air in 2019. She was born in Lancashire and lives in the Lake District with her husband, three children, and whippet Skippy.
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I also really enjoyed reading her Journey to Publication by Dead Good Books
Can’t wait to see Deep Water on TV next year!