Saturday, 24 June 2017

Don't Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon Book Review


Robin and Sarah weren't the closest of twins. They weren't even that similar. But they loved each other dearly. Until, in the cruellest of domestic twists, they were taken from one another.

Now, in her early 30s, Robin lives alone. Agoraphobic and suffering from panic attacks, she spends her days pacing the rooms of her house. The rest of the time she watches - watches the street, the houses, the neighbours. Until one day, she sees something she shouldn't...

And Sarah? Sarah got what she wanted - the good-looking man, the beautiful baby, the perfect home. But she's just been accused of the most terrible thing of all. She can't be around her new family until she has come to terms with something that happened a long time ago. And to do that, she needs to track down her twin sister.

But Sarah isn't the only person looking for Robin. As their paths intersect, something dangerous is set in motion, leading Robin and Sarah to fight for much more than their relationship...


Don’t Close Your Eyes is the much anticipated second novel by Holly Seddon. If you’re going to start reading this one, you’re going to have to make sure that you don’t have any plans for the rest of the day, it’ll grab you from the first page and you literally won’t be able to put it down until you have finished, prepare to be hooked by Holly.

In Don’t Close Your Eyes we meet Robin and Sarah, twins who are both still reeling from something terrible that happened in their past. Robin never leaves the house. She is suffering from a severe case of agoraphobia and won’t even answer the door when someone has a delivery for her. Sarah is distraught after being separated from her partner Jim and her daughter, Violet, she is determined to do whatever it takes to get them back, but she needs to find her sister to help her. The only problem is she hasn’t seen or spoken to her sister in years. How can she possibly find her?

The novel is told across two timelines, when Robin and Sarah are both younger and living with their parents in the late eighties and early nineties and in the present day. I loved how Holly peeled back their relationship in this book and how she revealed what really happened in their past which made for some shocking revelations. The plotting and writing were exceptional and I really liked how Holly drew everything together in the end, some thrillers can feel a little rushed towards the end but I didn’t get that feeling here, everything fell into place. I think I have discovered a new favourite author.

This book is definitely up there with some of the best books I have read this year. Highly recommended. Thank you to Kate Straker at Corvus books for sending me a copy to review.

Publisher: Corvus

Publication date: 6th July 2017

Print length: 336 pages


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