Review: Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie

Close My Eyes - Sophie McKenzie

I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

This book is a psychological thriller that centers on one woman's heartbreaking loss that when faced with a glint of hope will stop at nothing to fix the past.

One of the reasons I wanted to read Close My Eyes was because it was being compared to Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. While they have similar ideas, I don't think it's fair to compare the two. Gone Girl had a much stronger plot and I felt the characters were fleshed out better.

During the first half of the novel Gen spends a lot of her time thinking and worrying about her stillborn baby while wondering if her friends and family could have lied to her this whole time. Everyone around her thinks she's obsessed with the traumatic event since it has been eight years and they think it's time for her to finally let go. I found the second half much more enjoyable because Gen finally takes action instead of continuously dwelling on the past. It was nice for Gen to interact with the other characters instead of everything being one-sided.

One problem I had was the characters were predictable and at times too dramatic to be believable. Another issue was that Gen tended to get lost in her thoughts a lot to the point that it was becoming distracting.

 

There was one twist that I wasn't expecting while reading the book. While I won't go into detail about it, it didn't feel like it meshed well with the rest of the book. It felt as if McKenzie was trying too hard to impress or shock the reader.

Despite it being over the top at times, it was still a page turner. Whether it was because I merely wanted to see if I was right about the plot or simply because I was deep into the story, I'm not sure.

This is a quick read that is predictable at times but still enjoyable in the end.