Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Close Your Eyes by Amanda Eyre Ward

"What do you mean, news?”

“Well, at least you have your priorities in order.” My brother sounded like he was pouting. I remembered the way he would hide under the kitchen table when our parents fought, refusing to come out.

Close Your Eyes: A Novel
Title: Close Your Eyes
Author: Amanda Eyre Ward
ISBN: 978-0345494481
Publisher: Random House/2011
Pages: 272

This books open in 1986, where Lauren Mahdian and Alex are kids, six and eigth, respectively. When Lauren wakes up from a nightmarish dream, she finds her mother murdered and father arrested of the same crime. Alex and Lauren are bound by that tragedy.  Alex has always been in touch with their father, writing him letters and calling him. However, Lauren has no contact with her father.

Come to 2010, Alex, now a doctor and wants to do something. He goes to Iraq and disappears. Lauren is now utterly alone, with no one to turn to. Her boyfriend, Gerry, is a good person but   Lauren is unable to get close to him.  Slowly, Lauren tries to unravel the truth from her memories, to find out what really happened that night.

We find that Sylvia and Victoria are strangely connected to the Mahdian family. How? The answers to that one keeps the reader in tenterhooks until the end. It is about love between siblings, about love for ones parents and also about that love, which the giver can't understand. Lauren has this strange compulsion to find out everything after Alex disappears. It is her love for him that forces her to seek the truth which she had always tried to brush aside.

It has the right element of suspense, mystery and a good story line. All in all, a good read.



Pam (@iwriteinbooks) said...

Aw, sort of a sad teaser, this time. :O/

Julie said...

This sounds like an intriguing read. Thanks for sharing your teaser!

fredamans said...

Sounds like an afternoon delight!


Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

The book sounds good.

Here is my teaser

Kyanara_BJD said...

What a wonderfull teaser!
Have a great day!
Kyanara from laced little muffin's reading corner

Karen and Gerard said...

This reminds me of "The Murderers Daughters." Sounds good.

Here's ours: http://ourstack.blogspot.com/2011/08/tuesday-teasers-look-again-and-stolen.html

Gigi Ann said...

She lost all of her family, what a sad thought.

Julie @ Read Handed said...

Sounds like a sad book. If you get a chance, my teaser is here.

Karen Harrington said...

I just finished this book last week and really enjoyed it! As I've been to Austin many times, I felt like she really drew a wonderful picture of the town - in addition to the characters. Have a great week!

Alan said...

Interesting sutff, in this teaser, and on the site. My stuff is here:


Emma Michaels said...

I don’t think my TBR pile will recover from the teasers this week! So many amazing books, so little time. Hope you will stop by and comment on my Clockwork Prince teaser on http://EmmaMichaels.Blogspot.com !