Open Your Eyes – Paula Daly


Open Your Eyes is published on 26 July 2018 by Transworld Digital and is available to purchase here

Haven’t we all wanted to pretend everything is fine?

Jane doesn’t like confrontation. Given the choice, she’d prefer to focus on what’s going well, the good things in life.

But when her husband, Leon, is brutally attacked in the driveway of their home, in front of their two young children, Jane has to face reality. As he lies in a coma, Jane must open her eyes to the problems in her life, and the secrets that have been kept from her, if she’s to find out who hurt her husband – and why.

Maybe it’s time to face up to it all. Who knows what you might find . . .

My thoughts

Paula Daly returns with a brand new domestic noir thriller Open Your Eyes. With Daly, you always know you are about to get something a cut above the rest.

We meet crime writer, Leon Campbell and his wife, Jane, a creative writing teacher. Leon is assaulted and left with a brain injury. He becomes a different person. Jane is left to pick up the pieces of their fragmented life. She has to grow up and take charge. We see how emotional and challenging it is for her to cope with a new Leon. Leon had a few secrets. Jane starts to uncover the truth.

This time, Daly turns her critical eye to the world of writers and publishing. In some ways, this feels like an expose on the chronic insecurity of writers. We see what writers will do to get to the exposure and to get that book out there. We see the bitchiness. We see the furtive underhand side. Not what you would expect, maybe. At the same time, we glimpse the determination and grit of the wannabe author. All very enlightening.

Open Your Eyes was massively entertaining, as expected. Daly’s books always ooze intelligence and insight. I really loved the rather unique and unexpected ending. This is a twisted mystery, well worth checking out.









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Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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