Don't Close Your Eyes
A gripping novel of psychological suspense centered on two sisters whose lives have taken them apart, and the shocking family secrets that bind them together.Twin sisters Robin and Sarah haven’t spoken in years.Robin can’t leave her house. A complete shut-in, she spends her days spying on her neighbors, subtly meddling in their lives. But she can’t keep her demons out forever. Someone from her past has returned, and is desperate to get inside.Sarah can’t go home. Her husband has kicked her out, forcibly denying her access to their toddler. Sarah will do anything to get her daughter back, but she’s unraveling under the mounting pressure of concealing the dark secrets of her past. And her lies are catching up to her.The novel takes readers back in time to witness the complex family dynamics that formed Robin and Sarah into the emotionally damaged, estranged young women they’ve become. As the gripping and intricate layers of their shared past are slowly peeled away, the shocks and twists will keep readers breathless long after the final page.

Don't Close Your Eyes Details

TitleDon't Close Your Eyes
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 4th, 2017
PublisherBallantine Books
ISBN-139781101885895
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Don't Close Your Eyes Review

  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Seriously.......Do NOT close your eyes on this one. You might miss a strand of this tangled web entrenched in extremely strange family dynamics.Ah, the neighbors. Our kids go to school with their kids. We have picnics together and fun sleepovers. Our values seem to mesh with theirs......until they don't anymore.The Marshalls and the Grangers share so much in common. Hilary and Derek Granger have a young son, Callum. Jack and Angela have a lively set of twin girls, Robin and Sarah. Robin would do Seriously.......Do NOT close your eyes on this one. You might miss a strand of this tangled web entrenched in extremely strange family dynamics.Ah, the neighbors. Our kids go to school with their kids. We have picnics together and fun sleepovers. Our values seem to mesh with theirs......until they don't anymore.The Marshalls and the Grangers share so much in common. Hilary and Derek Granger have a young son, Callum. Jack and Angela have a lively set of twin girls, Robin and Sarah. Robin would do anything for the skittish Callum and she takes on the role of protector of his dark secrets. Sarah lives to please and she preens the nest by arranging secrets of her own on concealed shelves in secluded corners.But time passes and Robin and Sarah have not spoken in years. Robin, once in a successful rock band, has taken to a reclusive lifestyle and has become a voyeur of the neighborhood glimpsing activity behind closed curtains. And all that will change when her sister Sarah shows up on her doorstep. And what of the sad, withdrawn Callum? Oh, keep turning the pages.Holly Seddon presents a very twisty, psychologically imbued read here. I can't believe that I have not read her first book yet, Try Not to Breathe. Will be reaching for that one soon. This one has all the bells and whistles that will keep you locked in. And your mind will be outpacing any boxer on a jump rope. Fast and furious until someone gets tripped up........I received a copy of Don't Close Your Eyes through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Random House (Ballantine Books) and to Holly Seddon for the opportunity.
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  • Jan
    January 1, 1970
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVED this!! 5+++++ stars!Tightly woven, character driven, edge of your seat, page turner that is a MUST READ for anyone who loves psychological suspense at it's best.Family drama is center stage, told from 2 POV, twins Robin and Sarah. The chapters are short but powerful, bouncing from past to present and covering the same time period, but of course being told from each twin's perspective. This way of unfolding the past and building up the tension to present day was BRILLIANT! So mu LOVE, LOVE, LOVED this!! 5+++++ stars!Tightly woven, character driven, edge of your seat, page turner that is a MUST READ for anyone who loves psychological suspense at it's best.Family drama is center stage, told from 2 POV, twins Robin and Sarah. The chapters are short but powerful, bouncing from past to present and covering the same time period, but of course being told from each twin's perspective. This way of unfolding the past and building up the tension to present day was BRILLIANT! So much was revealed in each time period, yet there was still so much left untold that kept me riveted. This is a complex story about families and the relationships within. Love, hate, jealousy, abuse-it's all here. Adults making decisions that forever change the lives of those they care for, even with the best of intentions. These characters are at times weak, pathetic, conniving and self absorbed. Some have scars that won't heal, and emotional damage that oozes out of their pores. Yet even with all of this, the reader can't help but feel the pull of the love that still binds, and the hope they still long for. This book grabbed a hold of me from the get go and didn't let go until I devoured the last words. This was one emotional journey--one that I recommend everyone needs to experience.I wouldn't be surprised to see someone buying the rights to this and making it into a movie. I know I'd spend money to go see it!ARC provided by NetGalley
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  • Melisa - Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    Here's the thing about his book: it was a slow, slow burn for the first 90%, then the last 10% slapped me in the face and had me questioning everything I thought was true. I did NOT see that twist coming!While this book read like a coming of age story, I felt it was lacking in the suspense that I crave with my psychological thrillers. It felt slow and drawn out in parts, but it all came together like a bulldozer in the end. There are many serious topics addressed here, this story is chock full o Here's the thing about his book: it was a slow, slow burn for the first 90%, then the last 10% slapped me in the face and had me questioning everything I thought was true. I did NOT see that twist coming!While this book read like a coming of age story, I felt it was lacking in the suspense that I crave with my psychological thrillers. It felt slow and drawn out in parts, but it all came together like a bulldozer in the end. There are many serious topics addressed here, this story is chock full of drama, all of which is handled very well by the author. I can't wait to get my hands on Holly Seddon's previous book after finishing this one. Well done!Thank you to the author, the publisher and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Miriam Smith
    January 1, 1970
    "Don't Close Your Eyes" for one minute when reading this or you really will miss something interesting and engrossing!Told from the points of view of the two main characters - twin sisters Robin and Sarah - in the past and present, this story will definitely have you gripped from the first page, I loved it and found it very compelling.I thought the 'Rear Window' part of the story with Robin and her curtain twitching was fascinating, we all probably notice what our neighbours do along with any ch "Don't Close Your Eyes" for one minute when reading this or you really will miss something interesting and engrossing!Told from the points of view of the two main characters - twin sisters Robin and Sarah - in the past and present, this story will definitely have you gripped from the first page, I loved it and found it very compelling.I thought the 'Rear Window' part of the story with Robin and her curtain twitching was fascinating, we all probably notice what our neighbours do along with any changes in their routine and I can imagine how interesting and comforting it could become for someone like agoraphobic Robin to spend so much time 'spying' on her neighbours and then wanting to help when realising they were in trouble. There's a lot going on in this book and I don't want to give it all away by commenting on the plot so I'll leave that to the blurb this time. Even though I didn't particularly endear to any of the characters I found it didn't stop the enjoyment of the book and that it's sometimes almost expected in order to fully engage with the story.It's well written by a very talented author, fast flowing, easy to read and that ending - you really won't see it coming.I finished this pretty quickly, with nice short chapters that keep you reading well past when you should have stopped. I could easily have read more - I thoroughly enjoyed it and know that this book will certainly do well."Don't Close Your Eyes" by Holly Seddon is one of the better psychological suspense thrillers I've read in a while and considering I feel this is quite an overcrowded genre at the minute, this one well and truly stands head and shoulders above the others. A well deserved 5 stars.
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  • Susanne Strong
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 Stars* (rounded up)A Dysfunctional Family & Psychological DramaThis is a story about a dysfunctional family, relationships and siblings: specifically twin sisters Robin and Sarah, and their step brother Callum, and their parents - whose intertwining relationship fractures the family to its core. The siblings’ relationship has never been an easy one. Though they love each other desperately, there have been rivalries, a myriad of secrets and a ton of animosity brewing between the lot of t 3.75 Stars* (rounded up)A Dysfunctional Family & Psychological DramaThis is a story about a dysfunctional family, relationships and siblings: specifically twin sisters Robin and Sarah, and their step brother Callum, and their parents - whose intertwining relationship fractures the family to its core. The siblings’ relationship has never been an easy one. Though they love each other desperately, there have been rivalries, a myriad of secrets and a ton of animosity brewing between the lot of them. It’s no surprise that this causes the siblings to grow apart.As time passes, Robin becomes reclusive, never leaving her home, even after previously having had a successful career as a musician. Sarah, gets into serious trouble and realizes that she needs her sister Robin’s help, but she has no idea how to find her. Once Sarah finds Robin, everything changes.The flow of the book is easy and was completely enjoyable and then I hit the 90% mark and BAM! everything I thought I knew about the storyline was false and it completely threw me for a loop. It grabbed my attention and changed THE WHOLE SHEBANG. Alternating between the past and the present and switching from Sarah to Robin’s POV, Holly Seddon, did a great job of telling a nice well rounded story. Unfortunately, I didn’t connect with any of the characters, thus I didn’t really care what happened to them. That said, the ending was phenomenal and it completely punched up the story for me and that is what made me give this 3.75 stars v. 3 stars (which will be rounded up).“Don’t Close Your Eyes” is a well written, easy to read novel that flows well. I definitely enjoyed reading it and the ending made it well worth it.Thank you to NetGalley, Random house Publishing Group - Ballantine and Holly Seddon for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.Published on NetGalley and Goodreads on 5.10.17.**Will be Published on Amazon on 7.4.17.
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  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    January 1, 1970
    I'm on a winning reading streak lately! Let's face it, choosing a book can be a crapshoot (even with GoodReads) and I feel lucky when I win!C'mon snake eyes, keep those good books coming in!I listened to DON'T CLOSE YOUR EYES through a new site called Scribd. I keep trying to find something cheaper than Audible. Scribd works much, much better than the other one I tried (and hated), Playster. It is very easy to stop and start the audio in the place you left off, much like Audible. I'm not sure ho I'm on a winning reading streak lately! Let's face it, choosing a book can be a crapshoot (even with GoodReads) and I feel lucky when I win!C'mon snake eyes, keep those good books coming in!I listened to DON'T CLOSE YOUR EYES through a new site called Scribd. I keep trying to find something cheaper than Audible. Scribd works much, much better than the other one I tried (and hated), Playster. It is very easy to stop and start the audio in the place you left off, much like Audible. I'm not sure how large the Scribd audio selection is, but overall I was pleasantly surprised by how well their listening app worked for me. I believe it is $8.99/month for one audio and three e-books. The downside for me is they don't use a Kindle format for the e-books.Back to this wonderful little family drama of a book. The subtitle could be "Don't Split Up the Twins When You Divorce." That's what happened to Sarah and Robin, the two narrators of this story. The estranged sisters grow up on different continents and suffer separately through traumatic life events. They eventually meet back up, but so much has happened by then.The story is a slow burn, but still captivating- virtually a handbook illustrating how adults' bad choices affect children's lives forever. I had basically resigned myself that this book was going to be just that. A juicy, but sad family drama, void of any real mystery to solve. Then at around the 90% mark, BANG! A whopper of a plot twist that caught me completely off-guard. Yikes! What is going on here? Things aren't what I thought they were and that made me smile on the inside. I love when that happens!My complaints are minimal. I couldn't really connect to the characters, I wish they were more extensively developed. The story was still compelling and a fast one to read (well, listen). The narration of the book was very good, though the actress that read as Robin had an irritating quality. I cringed just a little every time it was her turn to read.DON'T CLOSE YOUR EYES is a four star book for me. The narrators are unreliable, the plot is dramatic and, ultimately, twisty. Holly Seddon is a solid writer and I look forward to reading her again.
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    After reading Holly Seddon’s first novel Try Not to Breathe, I eagerly awaited her new book Don't Close your Eyes and I was not disappointed. A brilliant psychological thriller that gripped me from the first page. I could not put this book down.I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Carol (Bookaria)
    January 1, 1970
    This book tells the story of twin sisters Sarah and Robin and also of their dysfunctional family. It is told from the alternating points of view of the twins and the timeline is divided between the present and the past.The novel is interesting and easy to read, and as you progress it reveals the events that have shaped the characters. The more you read the more you want to know. Callum, the step-brother is completely lovable and became the character I was looking forward to get to know more. Eve This book tells the story of twin sisters Sarah and Robin and also of their dysfunctional family. It is told from the alternating points of view of the twins and the timeline is divided between the present and the past.The novel is interesting and easy to read, and as you progress it reveals the events that have shaped the characters. The more you read the more you want to know. Callum, the step-brother is completely lovable and became the character I was looking forward to get to know more. Everything was going great until I hit the 91% mark and BOOM: what has just happened? Well, let me tell you I could not stop reading until I finished the book. You'll know what I mean as soon as you read it and get to that part.This book is very different to other books I've read about twins, in the sense that the twins in the other stories have a hard time being apart from each other for long-periods of time. In this case the twins had been apart for a while. Overall, I really liked this book! I recommend it to all those who love a good story.Oh and one last thing...(end of review) Thanks to NetGalley, Random house Publishing Group - Ballantine and Holly Seddon for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. About the author:WebsiteTwitterReview also posted on blog
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  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    January 1, 1970
    Holy moly! This book literally just blew me away. It started with a slow rumble before becoming an avalanche unable to be stopped. The last two chapters had me in shock, open mouthed, no sign of the freight train coming.This is straight into my Top 17 Reads of 2017. Skipping the long and the short list. It deserves to be there! It's so bloody good! This is family drama plus plus plus and dysfunctional broken characters that you will have so many mixed feelings about.It tackles some hard topics a Holy moly! This book literally just blew me away. It started with a slow rumble before becoming an avalanche unable to be stopped. The last two chapters had me in shock, open mouthed, no sign of the freight train coming.This is straight into my Top 17 Reads of 2017. Skipping the long and the short list. It deserves to be there! It's so bloody good! This is family drama plus plus plus and dysfunctional broken characters that you will have so many mixed feelings about.It tackles some hard topics and scenarios but in such a real way. Kudos for that. In life sometimes life just sucks big time and this novel isn't pretending life is all pretty flowers. This is exceptionally brutal. It's got to be made into a movie or I'll scream.My brain is in a tumble dryer after reading this book. The writing is exceptional, the plot terrific and the way the intensity builds up and up is breathtaking. This one cannot be ignored by you this year. It's a must read novel.Two sisters, twins. Their journey that shocked me and spun me on my axis. I couldn't have predicted plot direction in a billion years. There is nothing not to like. One of the best books of the year and a favourite ever. That ending! Oh..my..God!5, no 6 stars for this sensational novel that transformed my reading time into something unforgettable. Don't miss this one readers!I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own and totally unbiased.
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  • Beverly
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great book up until the last few chapters. I think there were just too many odd happenings revealed at the end. Perhaps the author wanted to give us a few too many startling reveals. I think the writer has a lot of talent; I cared deeply about the siblings and was heartbroken at how Callum's life detoured. I feel that the trajectory of Sarah's response to abuse was too weird and done for shock value mostly.
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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars for Holly Seddon's Don't Close Your Eyes.Don't Close Your Eyes is billed as a thriller, but I think it's more of a coming of age story centered around an extremely dysfunctional family. The last few chapters were indeed thrilling, but the rest was a wonderfully well-written family saga with short chapters (LOVE) in each twin sister's voice and back and forth in time between past and present. The characters were well-developed, and Callum was most definitely my favorite. As with any dys 4.5 stars for Holly Seddon's Don't Close Your Eyes.Don't Close Your Eyes is billed as a thriller, but I think it's more of a coming of age story centered around an extremely dysfunctional family. The last few chapters were indeed thrilling, but the rest was a wonderfully well-written family saga with short chapters (LOVE) in each twin sister's voice and back and forth in time between past and present. The characters were well-developed, and Callum was most definitely my favorite. As with any dysfunctional family, this one is full of drama and many difficult situations arise. Mental health issues also abound. I felt that the author handled these with sensitivity. I enjoyed the entire experience of reading this book, but those last few chapters I mentioned above- I did not guess the twist at all! I re-read the words on the page multiple times because I was flummoxed I hadn't guessed it! Thanks to the author, the publisher, and Goodreads, I won this amazing book in a giveaway, and this was my honest review.
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  • Rachel Hall
    January 1, 1970
    Having not read Holly Seddon’s debut novel, I have few expectations ahead of Don’t Close Your Eyes, but the premise of exploring how one set of twins circumstances in adulthood have diverged so vastly, leaving them estranged and effectively in different worlds, has long fascinated me. The answer usually lies somewhere in the past, and in this character-driven and compelling story of family dynamics, the children are the collateral damage when a series of decisions, out of their power, turn their Having not read Holly Seddon’s debut novel, I have few expectations ahead of Don’t Close Your Eyes, but the premise of exploring how one set of twins circumstances in adulthood have diverged so vastly, leaving them estranged and effectively in different worlds, has long fascinated me. The answer usually lies somewhere in the past, and in this character-driven and compelling story of family dynamics, the children are the collateral damage when a series of decisions, out of their power, turn their lives upside down. Sensitive and well observed, Holly Seddon draws readers into the story of how two very different twins, but two who loved each other so intensely, have ended up in their current predicaments. Opening with a snapshot of life for agoraphobic and reclusive musician, Robin Marshall, as she loiters behind the curtains in a terraced house Manchester, her anxiety and fear is palpable. Measuring each day by keeping track of her daily step count, an unexpected caller or a mysterious letter can set in motion a vicious cycle of self-perpetuating paranoia and fear. Meanwhile, twin sister Sarah has just found herself on the receiving end of her husband forcibly ejecting her from their home and keeping her almost four-year-old daughter, Violet, away from her. Listing a catalogue of reasons for his decision, Sarah can’t argue that she hasn’t helped herself with some of her omissions, but firmly believes that Jim has misread much of her behaviour. Both of the sisters have had first hand experience of how unsettling broken families are, but Sarah decides that finding her estranged twin, always the stronger and tougher of the pair, is the first step in her aim to being reunited with her daughter.At this point, Seddon begins to weave a story showing how the course of both the Marshall twins lives were profoundly changed by a single event in 1989, with the arrival of a new boy in their class, Callum Granger and the ensuing fast friendship between their parents. Soon the family lives are united by weekend outings, Saturday night dinners and overnight stays, but divorce, resentment and acrimony lead to the enforced separation of the twins, with continents standing between them. The course of the next five-years, until the return of both twins to original childhood home of Berkshire, is shown as the reader follows path of events to illustrate how the situation has come to fruition. Despite the chopping and changing and dual narratives running throughout this novel, is proves remarkably easy to keep on top of things and the short chapters work to tempt the reader into the next unfolding drama. Sarah’s narrative is in the first person and that of Robin in the third person, ensuring that the two’s stories are stylistically different. From the off, it was the youngster’s paths that I found so fascinating. All very different, Callum, is withdrawn, timid and obsequiously polite to his bullying father, Drew. Twin, Sarah is the people pleaser who tries to keep familial relations harmonious and obeys mother, Angie, with the more boisterous, back chatting and confrontational, Robin, siding with father, Jack. It is at the end of this five-years separation of the twins, after a mountain of compounding events that have set the roots of the staggering nightmare in motion and Seddon launches an avalanche of hidden secrets for the twins to contend with. However, it is the eventual culmination of circumstances that add a darker side to this novel and catches the reader off guard with shocks aplenty coming with less than fifty-pages remaining!I found the quality of the writing remarkably impressive, with the story flowing well, despite split timelines, and the situations and behaviours of all the characters being underpinned by reality and easily accessible. The mental health woes of both twins were also situations that I am sure most readers will understand, with Robin’s days as an agoraphobic dictated by her attempts at controlling her surroundings, reliant on routines and overseeing the comings and goings of the outside world, with her sanity dependent upon it. Seddon’s consistency of her characterisation and their likely decisions added depth and substance to her cast. Aside from the twins, sensitive Callum’s life has also been torn upside down and it is always clear that he will feature in the drama as their fates are so enmeshed. Don’t Close Your Eyes also poses the question of whether Sarah’s story is entirely reliable, with husband, Jim, citing her acknowledged lies and questionable childcare. Likewise, the mental health of Robin has deteriorated to such a level that her world in described through the fog of her paranoia and expectation of the worst, leaving more doubts and leaving two, possibly unreliable, narrators!With my age coinciding with the twins and Callum’s, I warmed to the natural portrayal of domestic life and found it so identifiable, with music, television, social conventions and attitudes of the era so true to life. Often with recent psychological thrillers I have found the portrayal of home life and the characters behaviour marred by stilted dialogue and making ludicrous decisions, but Seddon grounds this whole thing in reality by starting with a brilliantly understated premise and delivering a plausible story. Seddon has written an involving psychological thriller with its origins in family dynamics that doesn’t rely on a overblown and unlikely twist, but on an more conceivable web of family secrets, regrets and mistakes. To think that none of the teenagers were instrumental in setting the whole landslide in place adds a thought-provoking and poignant angle to the story. A very solid four star read which comes recommended,With thanks to reviewer, Miriam Smith, for sharing this book.
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  • Petra
    January 1, 1970
    I stayed up way past my bedtime last night to finish this. Just couldn't stop reading.Told from the points of view of twins, Sarah and Robin, and switching between the present and the 1990s when the girls were growing up in the South of England, this was an intricately woven story of two families whose lives became intertwined. I'm intentionally vague because I think this will be enjoyed more the less you know about it before you start. It's full of drama and the short chapters and frequently sw I stayed up way past my bedtime last night to finish this. Just couldn't stop reading.Told from the points of view of twins, Sarah and Robin, and switching between the present and the 1990s when the girls were growing up in the South of England, this was an intricately woven story of two families whose lives became intertwined. I'm intentionally vague because I think this will be enjoyed more the less you know about it before you start. It's full of drama and the short chapters and frequently switching POVs, one in first- the other in third-person, and two different timelines made it easy to read just one more chapter and then another one. Some of the shocking things that happened were relatively easy to predict, there was some great foreshadowing, but that was perfectly fine in this case. I think the reason for this was that I felt involved in the story and cared about (some of) the characters. I may even have screamed something like "oh, no, no, no" several times. Towards the end, the story became more fast-paced and very twisted. The author totally floored me with a huge twist somewhere around the 90% mark. I had not expected that at all.Last year, I really enjoyed Holly Seddon's debut Try Not to Breathe, but wow, with this second novel she really stepped up another gear. Holly Seddon handled several serious topics with sensitivity and psychological insight. A very cleverly layered plot and beautifully written.Highly recommended if you enjoy dark stories exploring family dynamics. I received an ARC via NetGalley.
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  • Myrna
    January 1, 1970
    I liked Holly Seddon's first book, Don't Forget to Breathe, and this one did not disappoint. The story revolves around twins, Sarah and Robin, who are physically and emotionally separated at a young age. This is not Disney’s The Parent Trap. The novel is filled with lots of drama, surprising twists and some difficult topics. I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves fabulously written psychological suspense.
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  • Malia
    January 1, 1970
    Don't Close Your Eyes is my second book by Holly Seddon, but I would say I preferred the first one, Try Not to Breathe. This book had an intriguing premise and characters, but it was, for me at least, very slow moving and when the big reveal came, I almost didn't care anymore. It's a shame, because a lot of readers seemed to get a much more thrilling ride from this novel, unfortunately that just wasn't the case for me. That being said, if viewed as more of a domestic suspense, and not a psycholo Don't Close Your Eyes is my second book by Holly Seddon, but I would say I preferred the first one, Try Not to Breathe. This book had an intriguing premise and characters, but it was, for me at least, very slow moving and when the big reveal came, I almost didn't care anymore. It's a shame, because a lot of readers seemed to get a much more thrilling ride from this novel, unfortunately that just wasn't the case for me. That being said, if viewed as more of a domestic suspense, and not a psychological thriller, it may prove more satisfying. Maybe my expectations were simply a bit off. In any case, not a bad book at all, just probably quite forgettable for me in the grand scheme of things.Find more reviews and bookish fun at http://www.princessandpen.com
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  • Louise Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    Twin sisters Robin and Sarah have not spoken in years.Robin can't leave her house. She spends her day spying on her neighbours. Sarah can't go home, her husband has put her out of the house, denying her access to their toddler. Sarah will do anything to get her daughter back.This novel takes us back in time to complex family dynamics that made Robin and Sarah the emotionally damaged and estranged young women.The story is told in alternating chapters by the twins and covers the past and present d Twin sisters Robin and Sarah have not spoken in years.Robin can't leave her house. She spends her day spying on her neighbours. Sarah can't go home, her husband has put her out of the house, denying her access to their toddler. Sarah will do anything to get her daughter back.This novel takes us back in time to complex family dynamics that made Robin and Sarah the emotionally damaged and estranged young women.The story is told in alternating chapters by the twins and covers the past and present day. The pace is steady set until the last 10% where the pace quickens. There are some parts to this story that are predictable. There are many twist and turns to keep you looked. It's tense, gripping and hard to put down.I would like to thank NetGalley, Atlantic Books and the author Holly Seddon for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Lucy Banks
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in return for an honest review.An intense examination of the damage caused by one wrong decision in life.I do so love it when I read a book without any idea as to what it's about, then it exceeds my expectations. To say I was thoroughly gripped by Don't Close Your Eyes would be an understatement. The story follows two narratives, split between the past and the present - Sarah, and her twin sister Robin. They're completely different kids - Sarah is p I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in return for an honest review.An intense examination of the damage caused by one wrong decision in life.I do so love it when I read a book without any idea as to what it's about, then it exceeds my expectations. To say I was thoroughly gripped by Don't Close Your Eyes would be an understatement. The story follows two narratives, split between the past and the present - Sarah, and her twin sister Robin. They're completely different kids - Sarah is pliable and a 'good girl', Robin is a feisty, loud-mouthed rebel.When young, they meet Callum, a new boy at school, who they become friends with. Soon, the whole family are hanging out together, but as with any good story, the harmony doesn't last for long. Deception drives the families apart - to the extent that the twins are separated, Robin staying with her placid father in the UK, Sarah travelling to the US with her mother. Due to the narrative style, it almost feels like fate as the twins suffer misfortune after misfortune - and there's a horrible sense throughout that, if their parents had made better decisions, it could have been avoided. In adult life, Robin cowers in a house in Manchester, terrified that she's under attack from an unknown stalker. Sarah is desperate to track her down, though not for the reasons we might suspect. The ending is cataclysmic - and completely unforeseen - powerful stuff!Overall, this is a fast-paced, powerful read. I love the brevity of the narrative style, it really drives the plot along wonderfully. My only minor criticism is that the end felt a little rushed - perhaps the shock ending could have been seeded in slightly more smoothly. However, it didn't impede my enjoyment in the slightest. Definitely well worth reading, folks!
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  • Gary
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent psychological thriller from author Holly Seddon.Twins 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. Both now in their 30's, 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 the street, the houses, the neighbours. Until one day, she sees something Excellent psychological thriller from author Holly Seddon.Twins 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. Both now in their 30's, 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 the street, the houses, the neighbours. Until one day, she sees something she shouldn't...Twin Sarah achieved her dreams a handsome man and a beautiful baby, the perfect home. 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.This is a novel of families and relationships in a complex story about families and relationships, covering jealousy, abuse, love and hate. I would like to thank Net Galley and Atlantic Books for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kelli
    January 1, 1970
    I just said that I don't like writing unfavorable reviews and here I am again very unimpressed with yet another popular book. Slow, boring and brimming with loads of family drama, this one got interesting on page 292 and then it ended. This is the second book in a row that felt very reminiscent of another book (though not the same one) so it also lacked originality. 2 stars.
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    another wow book! did not see that ending coming... loved this book so much!
  • Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
    January 1, 1970
    🌟🌟🌟🌟Captivating Stars Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm https://www.beckiebookworm.comSo this is the first book I have read by Holly Seddon and what a ride this was.Thoroughly enjoyed all that is "Don't close your eyes"So, in a nutshell, this is the story of twin sisters Robin and Sarah and how events of the past can echo down into the future, poisoning lives and destroying relationships.When the seeds are planted young it's easy to see how they can gather momentum, snowballing out of control as time 🌟🌟🌟🌟Captivating Stars Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm https://www.beckiebookworm.comSo this is the first book I have read by Holly Seddon and what a ride this was.Thoroughly enjoyed all that is "Don't close your eyes"So, in a nutshell, this is the story of twin sisters Robin and Sarah and how events of the past can echo down into the future, poisoning lives and destroying relationships.When the seeds are planted young it's easy to see how they can gather momentum, snowballing out of control as time passes. Don't Close your eyes is told in such a way that each chapter gives a sister a voice both in the past and present.We get to follow along and learn along the way what shapes the girl's characters and each chapter grabs at you keeping you enthralled, making you want to turn the page for more.Our Players in this are a diverse bunch, but by reading this we start to comprehend why they behave the way they do, and in some ways even understand, if not condone the choices madeBe prepared to reevaluate what you think you know as things aren't always what they seem in this family saga.I've been deliberately vague with this review on purpose, it would be so very easy to spoil this for other readers which I so do not want to do, I've tried to keep this short and sweet conveying impressions rather than facts.I will say, Robin and Sarah, as twins may be complete opposites of each other but when the chips are down its family we rely on and turn to, no matter the distance and time transpired it's our girl's knee jerk reactions, and this is as it should be.So this story was a very easy read, it captured me from the start. I found myself reading late into the night desperate to finish and reach its conclusion and when I actually got there, well let's just say I really didn't see that coming. So if you want a book that is well written and full of family angst and drama, with twists and turns that you didn't expect then give this a go, it's a fabulous edition to its genre that I would definitely recommend.Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced reader copy Of Don't Close Your Eyes.Also not forgetting the author "Holly Seddon" for sharing such an enthralling piece of fiction it's greatly appreciated so Thanks to.This is my own personal unbiased opinion of Don't close your eyes.Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm https://www.beckiebookworm.com/https://www.facebook.com/beckiebookworm/
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  • Poppy fairy
    January 1, 1970
    In 2016 I read Try Not To Breathe and instantly become a fan of Holly Seddon. In 2017 when I found out Holly Seddon had her second novel out Don't Close Your Eyes I knew I just had to read it. Don't Close Your Eyes is an excellent novel you all must read. I was literally hooked from page one. What I love about Holly Seddon's writing is that she always has exciting characters with an amazing story line that makes me keep turning the pages to see what happens next. That's what I call a big five st In 2016 I read Try Not To Breathe and instantly become a fan of Holly Seddon. In 2017 when I found out Holly Seddon had her second novel out Don't Close Your Eyes I knew I just had to read it. Don't Close Your Eyes is an excellent novel you all must read. I was literally hooked from page one. What I love about Holly Seddon's writing is that she always has exciting characters with an amazing story line that makes me keep turning the pages to see what happens next. That's what I call a big five star page turner. I want to be careful here not to give too much away. Robin and Sarah were twins but unfortunately not the closest of twins. Both twins Robin and Sarah couldn't be more different as I found out through being glued to their story . Robin stays mostly inside starring out of her bedroom window peeping into the windows of the flats, she can see all what goes on, where Robin is more the mischief type she does something quite bazaar to a couple in a flat . Her mother has a secret snd she isn't aware that Robin knows all about it. I very much so recommend Don't Close Your Eyes. If you haven't read Don't Close Your Eyes please read it it's full of page turning secrets .
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  • Reading.Between.Wines
    January 1, 1970
    Whoa, I did not see THAT ending coming! I stayed up late to finish this book because I had to find out what was going on. This book didn't really keep me on the edge of my proverbial seat per se, but it did keep me interested the entire time. I also enjoyed the different viewpoints and that the author had them both past and present. I would highly recommend this book.
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  • Gillian McAllister
    January 1, 1970
    What a brilliant book. Childhood looms large into adulthood as this beautifully-written psychological drama reaches its horrifying climax.
  • Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
    January 1, 1970
    Having read and loved Try Not To Breathe, I was super excited to be given a copy of Holly's latest book, Don't Close Your Eyes, to read and review. I went in blind, as I do lately, so that I have no preconceptions or echoes of the blurb running around in my head when I start reading.Don't Close Your Eyes introduces the reader to twins Robin and Sarah, who seem to be estranged when we meet them. They lead very different lives, so I was intrigued to see how the author was going to bring them toget Having read and loved Try Not To Breathe, I was super excited to be given a copy of Holly's latest book, Don't Close Your Eyes, to read and review. I went in blind, as I do lately, so that I have no preconceptions or echoes of the blurb running around in my head when I start reading.Don't Close Your Eyes introduces the reader to twins Robin and Sarah, who seem to be estranged when we meet them. They lead very different lives, so I was intrigued to see how the author was going to bring them together. I was thoroughly unprepared for how it came about though, which I loved as it really added to the story.Robin, who is extremely agoraphobic, doesn't leave her house at all. She ends up witnessing an event from her home that leaves her reeling. This in turn brings up emotions from her past that she clearly hasn't dealt with. Alongside this, Sarah is also struggling as she has been made to leave the family home after a terrible allegation is levelled against her.These events conspire to throw the two women back into each others lives, but neither is prepared for the consequences. The past has a way of catching up on people, and in order for Robin and Sarah to move forward, they must deal with their own demons before they can go any further.Complex, winding and completely gripping, Don't Close Your Eyes is an excellent addition to the psychological thriller genre. Taut with suspense and fraught with tension, I defy you not to love it.Highly recommended.
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    Heart breaking and heart stopping in equal measure.Review closer to publication. But this following on from Try Not To Breathe puts Holly Seddon right up there on the must read list. Genuinely clever and beautifully written psychological drama. Proper writing innit ;)
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  • Tracy Fenton
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed Holly Seddon’s debut novel Try Not to Breathe (review here) and when I saw on Twitter that her new book Don’t Close Your Eyes was being read by some bloggers obviously my FOMO kicked into action and being me, I messaged Holly and her lovely publishers sent me a copy via Netgalley to read. Don’t Close Your Eyes grabbed me by the throat from page one and kept me gripped until the very last page. With short chapters alternating from past to present and fascinating characters I I thoroughly enjoyed Holly Seddon’s debut novel Try Not to Breathe (review here) and when I saw on Twitter that her new book Don’t Close Your Eyes was being read by some bloggers obviously my FOMO kicked into action and being me, I messaged Holly and her lovely publishers sent me a copy via Netgalley to read. Don’t Close Your Eyes grabbed me by the throat from page one and kept me gripped until the very last page. With short chapters alternating from past to present and fascinating characters I didn’t just read this book I think I may have inhaled it as I read it so quickly. This is a fabulous twisted and dark story which will keep the readers guessing throughout and certainly will delight all fans of psychological thrillers.http://www.compulsivereaders.com/revi...
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  • Bridget
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! I did not see that coming! Great book with a big twist! I love a book about sisters but a book about polar opposite twins is all the better. It was a slow ride to the top but, holy smokes, just when you think you know what's going on, you get your 'wtf??' moment with this one! Looking forward to reading more from this author!
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  • Laura Rash
    January 1, 1970
    This has alternating time periods & characters & at times I had to backtrack to figure out what I was reading. One of the most dysfunctional family stories I've ever read but I couldn't stop turning pages til I could find out what happened with everyone.
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    Don't Close Your Eyes is a story about sisterhood, about love and acceptance, and about the struggles of family dynamics. Robin and Sarah Marshall are twin sisters who haven't seen each other in years. Robin suffers from agoraphobia, keeping herself locked away, people watching, and somewhat instigating drama in her neighbors lives. Sarah on the other hand, is dealing with relationship problems with her family. She has been kicked out and excommunicated from both her husband and her daughter, Don't Close Your Eyes is a story about sisterhood, about love and acceptance, and about the struggles of family dynamics. Robin and Sarah Marshall are twin sisters who haven't seen each other in years. Robin suffers from agoraphobia, keeping herself locked away, people watching, and somewhat instigating drama in her neighbors lives. Sarah on the other hand, is dealing with relationship problems with her family. She has been kicked out and excommunicated from both her husband and her daughter, Violet. Sarah is desperately trying to find her sister, but cannot seem to get in contact with her. Sarah's secrets and lies are catching up to her, and Robin is the only person in her life that can help her. As the story unfolds, both women begin to unravel, showing their vulnerabilities and the damage that the past has done to them. What are they hiding that is affecting both of them so much, and why? Don't Close Your Eyes is one of those books that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The story predominately features twin sisters, Sarah and Robin Marshall, but also beautifully characterizes the supporting characters as well. The story is written with two POVs, each being one of the sisters. It is an extremely slow burn so it can get be of mundane in the beginning, but as the pages kept turning, small pockets of new information regarding the story kept unfolding and pulling me back in. Honestly, both sisters really pissed me off and weren't really likable, which is fine because (in my opinion) if you love/like to hate a character, it still locks you into the story. I really enjoyed the secondary characters more than Robin and Sarah, so I got really hooked when we started learning more about them. The story is not really a thriller but a mystery that provides snippets of new information while continuing to move the story along. I wish that it was a little more fast-paced because it really didn't thoroughly engage me until 75% of the story was over. Don't Close Your Eyes jumps between the present and the early '90s while they were growing up, and honestly their past was more enjoyable and binge-worthy than the present. If you're looking for a book to enjoy during your lunch break, or while having a coffee, look no further because this is your book!
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