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Reviewed by Jodi Horsley

Lauren Mahdian was eight-years-old when her life was abruptly changed and set on a different course. Lauren’s mom was murdered in their home while she and her brother, Alex, slept in their tree house. Her father was arrested and charged with the murder of her mother, and Lauren was completely sure that her father was guilty.

Lauren has now grown up firmly believing that love can turn in to something awful at any given moment, and because of that, she will not allow herself to become attached to anyone or anything. That is, except to her brother, Alex. Alex is Lauren’s life-line – the only person who truly understands her and what happened that dark night all those years ago. Even through all this, Gerry, Lauren’s boyfriend, who was turned down when he proposed marriage, still stands strong beside her.

Although Lauren’s dad was convicted of the murder of his wife, Alex does not believe it makes sense and is determined to prove his father’s innocence. Lauren is very closed to hearing anything that may disprove their father’s guilt. But Alex announces he will be going overseas with Doctor’s Without Borders, and makes one last attempt to share his theories with Lauren. With Alex now gone, Lauren decides to follow through with Alex’s findings to finally put some closure to what happened to their mother.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Close Your Eyes; it had all the makings of a great book – a murder mystery, a story of family ties and secrets, and the ultimate strength of familial bonds that lead to healing and redemption.

Amanda Eyre Ward does a great job at character development to draw you in and actually allow you to feel compassion for all characters. Close Your Eyes is a stunning book of self-discovery and family connections.

Rating: 5/5

Jodi lives in the western suburbs of Illinois with her husband, her elementary school daughter, and preschool boy/girl twins. She is an avid reader and loves losing herself in a good book. She has a Master’s in Information Technology and has been a WAHM mom for 4 years now.

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