Source: Review Copy
She can’t see the killer
But the killer can see her…
Naomi Hannah has been blind since birth. Struggling with living in a small, claustrophobic town, Naomi contemplates ending her life. But then she stumbles across the body of a young woman who has been brutally murdered. She senses someone else there at the scene – watching her. Naomi may not be able to see the killer’s face, but she is still the only person who can identify him.
As the police begin hunting the person responsible and more victims are discovered, Naomi is forced to answer the question on which her fate hangs: why did the killer let her live?
In a town this small, the murderer must be close, perhaps even before her very eyes…
Last year I read Anything For Her by Jack Jordan, which blew away all my expectations, so I was intrigued to see what he would come up with for his next psychological thriller.
His latest novel Before Her Eyes had me hooked from the opening pages. There’s quite a strong and intriguing opening to this book in which we see the lead character, Naomi in a vulnerable state as she teeters towards the edge, Naomi is considering ending her life. Her reasons for doing this drew me into the story as I wanted to find out why she thought that this was the only option left for her. I had a lot of sympathy for her. This grew as I learnt more about her character and the troubles she has faced in the past.
I thought an interesting aspect which Jack explored in his writing was the subject of blindness. Naomi has been blind since birth. I thought the way how Jack wrote her character was done really well, especially as he had to rely on what she felt and thought when telling the book from her perspective. Naomi’s fears came across very strongly, particularly in some scenes.
Things soon begin to take a far more terrifying turn for Naomi when she is caught up in a dangerous sequence of events. As the events in the present unfold, Naomi is dragged back into a mystery from her past. This is a mystery which has remained unsolved for years. I wanted to know what had happened and what the resolution was going to be.
The story is told from Naomi’s perspective and from the viewpoint of one of the detectives working on the case, Marcus. They were both two engaging and likeable characters. I thought Marcus was a brilliant character, his determination to see the case through and to protect Naomi came through very strongly. Although I really liked Marcus, I hated his boss for many reasons. I think his boss is a character who many readers will take a dislike to.
Before Her Eyes will pull you into the story from the opening pages and you will become wrapped up in the mystery which is very cleverly pulled together at the end. I was impressed by the twist in Jack’s last book, so I’ll be interested to see how he’ll pull it off again in what he writes next. There is plenty of intrigue and plenty of engaging characters to keep you gripped and the fear felt by the characters creates a menacing atmosphere. Highly recommended for fans of psychological thrillers.
Publication date: 16th August 2018
Print length: 448 pages