‘I close my eyes and feel my heart begin racing. Someone is coming. They’re going to find me’. A mother and her teenage daughter are found brutally murdered in a remote farmhouse, one defiled by multiple stab wounds and the other left lying like Sleeping Beauty waiting for her Prince. Reluctantly, clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin is drawn into the investigation when a former student, calling himself the ‘Mindhunter’, trading on Joe’s name, has jeopardised the police inquiry by leaking details to the media and stirring up public anger. With no shortage of suspects and tempers beginning to fray, Joe discover links between these murders to a series of brutal attacks where the men and women are choked unconscious and the letter ‘A’ is carved into their foreheads. As the case becomes ever more complex, nothing is quite what it seems and soon Joe’s fate, and that of those closest to him, become intertwined with a merciless, unpredictable killer . . .
I didn’t request this book, as it’s number 8 in a series and I like reading series from the beginning (duh!). However, when I got it by surprise, I still decided to give it a chance because of the raving reviews. It also seemed just my kind of police procedural (without a cop) and as I love reading about criminal psychology, Close Your Eyes felt like a promising book.
The story follows clinic psychologist Joseph O’Loughlin when he’s asked to help with the investigation of a mother and a daughter that were killed in their home. There seems to be a lot of suspects and everyone could have their reasons. But who is the real killer? And can this murder be connected to a much more sinister plot? (Of course it is, lol).
I deeply enjoyed this case and the dynamics between Joseph, his colleagues and his family. The mystery was gripping enough, although at a certain point you could definitely guess the why (on the contrary, the who came as a total surprise). I especially enjoyed reading the killer’s “diary”, as you all know I’m a sucker for psychos and terrible childhoods.
Even though this was book #8 in the series, I managed to understand the relationships in the family. I grew to love Joseph, Julianne and their daughters and wished I had read all the previous installments (because they were some spoilers). What surprised me the most about Close Your Eyes is that the ending took a dark and dramatic turn that I was definitely not expecting.
Close Your Eyes was a classic crime novel, it followed all the rules set by the genre and it certainly delivered. I can’t find any flaws except that it didn’t have anything that made it truly unforgettable. It’s one of those that you love reading and you’re completely satisfied but might not remember after quite some time.
Sphere, 2016 – Copy from publishers