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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Review: Shut Your Eyes Tight by John Verdon

Publisher: Crown
ISBN: 0307717895
Pages: 528 pages
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
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Summary from publisher:
When he was the NYPD’s top homicide investigator, Dave Gurney was never comfortable with the label the press gave him: super detective. He was simply a man who, when faced with a puzzle, wanted to know. He was called to the investigative hunt by the presumptuous arrogance of murderers – by their smug belief that they could kill without leaving a trace. There was always a trace, Gurney believed.

Except what if one day there wasn’t?

Dave Gurney, a few months past the Mellery case that pulled him out of retirement and then nearly killed him, is trying once again to adjust to his country house’s bucolic rhythms when he receives a call about a case so seductively bewildering that the thought of not looking into it seems unimaginable—even if his beloved wife, Madeleine, would rather he do anything but.
The facts of what has occurred are horrible: a blushing bride, newly wed to an eminent psychiatrist and just minutes from hearing her congratulatory toast, is found decapitated, her head apparently severed by a machete. Though police investigators believe that a Mexican gardener killed the young woman in a fit of jealous fury, the victim’s mother—a chilly high-society beauty—is having none of it. Reluctantly drawn in, Dave is quickly buffeted by a series of revelations that transform the bizarrely monstrous into the monstrously bizarre. 
Underneath it all may exist one of the darkest criminal schemes imaginable. And as Gurney begins deciphering its grotesque outlines, some of his most cherished assumptions about himself are challenged, causing him to stare into an abyss so deep that it threatens to swallow not just him but Madeleine, too.
Desperate to protect Madeleine and bring an end to the madness, Gurney ultimately discovers that the killer has left a trace after all. Unfortunately, the revelation may come too late to save his own life.
With Shut Your Eyes Tight, John Verdon delivers on the promise of his internationally bestselling debut, Think of a Number, creating a portrait of evil let loose across generations that is as rife with moments of touching humanity as it is with spellbinding images of perversity.
My Review:

I usually don’t like jumping in the middle of a series and I usually don’t like mystery/thrillers. But sometimes I get the urge to read them. This was one of those times.
I don’t like jumping in at the middle of a series. I always feel a bit lost and like I’m missing something necessary to the story even if I’m really not. I felt like that with this one but not to the point where I did not like the book but more so that I wanted to read more. That very rarely happens. I usually end up so frustrated with the not knowing anything that I just give up. I also loved he development of the plot and its pacing. I was wholly invested in it and couldn’t wait to figure it out.

I thought that Dave was a great character to foIllow through the story. He wasn’t your typical lead in a thriller-type book. Nothing frustrates me more than a Simon Langdon-like character who just happens to know everything about everything with little to no personality to make reading about him any sort of interesting. Dave was intelligent, yes, but he was a bit henpecked by his wife and definitely had some quirks. I cared enough about him to actually want to watch him solve the mystery.


*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review.   My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies   made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the  blog.


  1. I'm glad that you were interested enough to want to read more!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

  2. I liked it too. I think you'll like the first one even better!



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