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Alice Close Your Eyesby Averil Dean
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With haunting prose and deft psychological insight, Averil Dean spins a chilling story that explores the dark corners of obsession—love, pain and revenge.
Ten years ago, someone ruined Alice Croft's life. Now, she has a chance to right that wrong—and she thinks she's found the perfect man to carry out her plan.
After watching him for weeks, she breaks into Jack Calabrese's house to collect the evidence that will confirm her hopes. When Jack comes home unexpectedly, Alice hides in the closet, fearing for her life. But upon finding her, Jack is strangely calm, solicitous and intrigued.
That night is the start of a dark and intense attraction, and soon Alice finds herself drawn into a labyrinth of terrifying surrender to a man who is more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. As their relationship spirals toward a breaking point, Alice starts to see just how deep Jack's secrets run—and how deadly they could be.
"Crisply written, wickedly suspenseful .[Alice Close Your Eyes] reads like a dark, sensual nightmare, and it is the reader who won't want to close her eyes until all of the book's tantalizing secrets are finally revealed. Don't miss it."
—David Bell, author of Never Come Back and Cemetery Girl
"Set primarily on Washington's Vashon Island in Puget Sound, Dean's first novel opens with Alice Croft breaking into Jack Calabrese's home in order to steal his box of mementoes — a type of box, she asserts, 'everyone has.' She doesn't know Jack, but wants to learn if he's the kind of man who will kill for her and, when he finds her in his house, the two soon discover they share an interest in sadomasochism. Alice and Jack target a potential murder victim, who remains unidentified until near the end; vignettes show the reader Alice's horrific childhood, which may or may not have had a direct effect on her need to kill. Few will be surprised that the crime plot takes a backseat to Alice's sex addiction and Jack's increasingly abusive behavior toward her. This lurid combination of erotica and twisted psychopathy will not be to every taste. Agent: Jeff Kleinman, Folio Literary Management." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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