BEFORE HER EYES
MY RATING: ★★★
WARNINGS: Murder & self harm
FROM: Allen & Unwin
She can’t see the killer
But the killer can see her…
Naomi Hannah has been blind since birth. Struggling with living in the small, claustrophobic town of Balkerne Heights, Naomi contemplates ending her life. But before she can, Naomi stumbles across the body of a young woman who has been brutally murdered. She senses someone else there at the scene – watching her. Naomi may not be able to see the killer’s face, but she is still the only person who can identify him.
For Naomi, this frightening truth changes everything: she realises that she wants to live, at the very point at which her life is in greatest peril. As the police begin hunting the person responsible and the bodies pile up, Naomi must lie in wait and answer the question that hangs her fate in the balance: why did the killer let her live?
In a town this small, the murderer must be close, perhaps even before her very eyes…
Before her eyes is a crime novel that revolves around a small town killer who begins to stalk a blind woman.
Naomi is a woman who has had a difficult past. Blind from a young age, her mother abandoned her at a bus stop in the middle of the night. She battles depression and suicidal ideation in her adult life due to her blindness and how it hinders her life.
However, this crime novel, felt a little lack lustre in the crime. Don’t get me wrong! We start off with two gruesome murders, and the killer playing games! But after those two, nothing happens. It just becomes a bit of a police procedure and dives into how small towns react to people being accused of horrible things.
This definitely wasn’t a bad thing, but it was also disappointing when the quotes on the back call this a “gripping and claustrophobic thriller” becuase honestly, there was no thriller element to it after the first 100 pages.
None of the characters were likeable either. I wouldn’t always call that a bad thing, but it did make the reading process less enjoyable as I was constantly rolling my eyes at the detective falling in love with Naomi, and the bitchy ex. It was full of character tropes and cliches that made it hard to read sometimes.
What I think this book had going for it, was the killer. He started off so creepy and horrible. He was truly someone you would never want to meet. The plot twist at the end, revealing the killer was also good. I had suspected him but it was still intriguing to see that it was him and how he acted in response to the ending of the investigation.
I liked that the killer wasn’t caught, that he stayed at large. It really gave a creepy element to the book but I also feel like this had so much potential that was wasted.
Interesting story to tell
not a thriller as described
Average in every way
until next time,