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ISBN13: 9780345494481
ISBN10: 0345494482
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In Close Your Eyes, the author of the bestselling How to Be Lost spins another mesmerizing tale of buried family secrets.

For most of her life, Lauren Mahdian has been certain of two things: that her mother is dead, and that her father is a murderer.

Before the horrific tragedy, Lauren led a sheltered life in a wealthy corner of America, in a town outside Manhattan on the banks of Long Island Sound, a haven of luxurious homes, manicured lawns, and seemingly perfect families. Here Lauren and her older brother, Alex, thought they were safe.

But one morning, six-year-old Lauren and eight-year-old Alex awoke after a night spent in their tree house to discover their mother’s body and their beloved father arrested for the murder.

Years later, Lauren is surrounded by uncertainty. Her one constant is Alex, always her protector, still trying to understand the unraveling of his idyllic childhood. But Lauren feels even more alone when Alex reveals that he’s been in contact over the years with their imprisoned father—and that he believes he and his sister have yet to learn the full story of their mother’s death.

Then Alex disappears.

As Lauren is forced to peek under the floorboards of her carefully constructed memories, she comes to question the version of her history that she has clung to so fiercely. Lauren’s search for the truth about what happened on that fateful night so many years ago is a riveting tale that will keep readers feverishly turning pages.

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"A nearly transparent whodunit provides a less than ideal structure for an otherwise incisive story of loss and redemption. Lauren Mahdian has no interest in uncovering the details of her mother's murder 24 years ago, but her brother, Alex, is obsessed with exonerating their father, who has been convicted of the murder, and whom Lauren has cut out of her life. But when Alex, a physician with Doctors Without Borders, is feared dead after his hospital is bombed, Lauren feels compelled to carry on his investigation, disinterring memories of a night she'd long ago repressed, suffering panic attacks, and recoiling from her sweet if bumbling boyfriend. Elsewhere, Sylvia Hall is pregnant, with few prospects, and planning on getting help from her glamorous childhood friend, Victoria, with whom she shares a dark secret from many years ago that just may hold the key to Lauren's mother's death. Ward (Love Stories in This Town) excels at capturing vivid moments of warmth and kindness even amid a staggering accumulation of personal losses, and while the mystery plot is weak, the rest of the novel is marked by a bruised but generous spirit. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Amanda Eyre Ward is the author of Sleep Toward Heaven, How to Be Lost, and Forgive Me, as well as a collection of short stories, Love Stories in This Town. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.

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Denise Morland, August 17, 2011 (view all comments by Denise Morland)
Close Your Eyes is the story of Lauren and Alex Mahdian, two young children, asleep in their backyard tree house the night their mother is murdered. Their father is convicted of the murder and Alex becomes all that Lauren has left, her security and roots and family. Lauren seems to be living at the edges of life, squeaking by with a job as a realtor and with a loveable, but goofy and out-of-work boyfriend. One day Alex, shockingly, tells Lauren that he believes their father is innocent, and then departs for a Doctors Without Borders assignment in Iraq and Lauren begins to come unraveled. As she grapples with strange and terrifying dreams of the night her mother was killed, Alex goes missing in Iraq and her need for answers becomes unbearable.

The pacing of the plot in Close Your Eyes is incredibly well done and you will definitely find yourself frantically turning pages to see what happens. The tension builds until you are so tempted to just read the last page that it requires an almost physical effort not to. The character development gets a little lost in all the rushing forward. Lauren and Gerry have such a sweet, uncomplicated relationship, more history and depth about how that came about would have made it feel more believable. The ending, while surprising, seemed too convenient for such an intricate beginning. Lauren deserved more than a tidy ending with all the corners tucked in. While Close Your Eyes isn't up to Amanda Eyre Ward's usual standards, it is a fast-paced, entertaining, easy read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345494481
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Ward, Amanda Eyre
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20110726
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.55 x 5.71 x 0.97 in 0.82 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A nearly transparent whodunit provides a less than ideal structure for an otherwise incisive story of loss and redemption. Lauren Mahdian has no interest in uncovering the details of her mother's murder 24 years ago, but her brother, Alex, is obsessed with exonerating their father, who has been convicted of the murder, and whom Lauren has cut out of her life. But when Alex, a physician with Doctors Without Borders, is feared dead after his hospital is bombed, Lauren feels compelled to carry on his investigation, disinterring memories of a night she'd long ago repressed, suffering panic attacks, and recoiling from her sweet if bumbling boyfriend. Elsewhere, Sylvia Hall is pregnant, with few prospects, and planning on getting help from her glamorous childhood friend, Victoria, with whom she shares a dark secret from many years ago that just may hold the key to Lauren's mother's death. Ward (Love Stories in This Town) excels at capturing vivid moments of warmth and kindness even amid a staggering accumulation of personal losses, and while the mystery plot is weak, the rest of the novel is marked by a bruised but generous spirit. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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