Close Your Eyes

By Amanda Eyre Ward

‘Electrifying, a literary whodunit of the first order.’ Justin Cronin, bestselling author of ‘The Passage’.

The savage murder of eight-year-old Lauren’s mother, and the sentencing of her father Izaan to life imprisonment for the murder, tears her world apart. As an adult, she can’t understand why she has panic attacks, is unable to accept her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, or listen to her brother Alex’s attempt to convince her of their father’s innocence and wrongful imprisonment.

Meanwhile, Sylvia Hall is running away from her loser boyfriend, determined to keep the baby he doesn’t want. She knows her best friend since childhood, Victoria, will help her – but Victoria has her own problems that threaten to consume her.

All three women are connected by tragedy and betrayal. Based on a true story, ‘Close Your Eyes’ is a heart-breaking page-turner about what happens when a family is destroyed.

Format: Paperback
Release Date: 21 Jun 2012
Pages: 272
ISBN: 978-0-00-723388-5
Amanda Eyre Ward was born in New York City, and graduated from Williams College and the University of Montana. Her short stories have been published in various literary reviews and magazines. She is the author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning novel ‘Sleep Toward Heaven’ and ‘How To Be Lost’, and was named by the New York Post as one of five Writers to Watch in 2003. She lives in the US with her husband, geologist Tip Meckel.

”'I absolutely loved this beautiful, haunting story of a woman who learns to come to terms with a dark, deep family secret.” - Tatiana de Rosnay, author of 'Sarah's Key’

'Electrifying, a literary whodunit of the first order…You won't be able to look away. People will be talking about this book.' Justin Cronin, author of ‘The Passage’ -

‘Keeps the reader guessing until the very last page.’ Elle, Readers’ Prize Picks -

”'A spare and fluent narrative slowly builds the connection between characters and past events while maintaining the tension.” - Sunday Times

”'A captivating story of loss, forgiveness and ultimate redemption.” - Kirkus Review, Best Fiction of 2011

”'The elegant prose and compelling plot will attract fans of Kate Atkinson.” - Library Journal

”'Amanda Eyre Ward goes straight to the heart of her complex, nuanced characters, and with empathy and insight she lays them bare. As a reader, you’re powerless against the elegance of her prose and the emotional honesty of her story. You’ll close the cover on this book, but you won’t forget it.” - Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of 'Fragile’

”'Amanda Eyre Ward has given us a book that is both beautifully wrought and intensely gripping. I was transfixed by this story of a woman haunted by brutal loss but making her brave, difficult way toward truth.” - Marisa de los Santos, New York Times bestselling author of 'Love Walked In’