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Close My Eyes

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  3,485 ratings  ·  693 reviews
When Geniver Loxley lost her daughter at birth eight years ago, her world stopped… and never fully started again. Mothers with strollers still make her flinch; her love of writing has turned into a half-hearted teaching career; and she and her husband, Art, have slipped into the kind of rut that seems inescapable.

But then a stranger shows up on their doorstep, telling Gen
Hardcover, 391 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2013)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 4* of five

The Publisher Says: When Geniver Loxley lost her daughter at birth eight years ago, her world stopped… and never fully started again. Mothers with strollers still make her flinch; her love of writing has turned into a half-hearted teaching career; and she and her husband, Art, have slipped into the kind of rut that seems inescapable.

But then a stranger shows up on their doorstep, telling Gen the very thing she’s always wanted to hear: that her daughter Beth was not stillborn, b
Emily May

Sophie McKenzie hasn't strayed too far from the young adult style she's used to with this adult book that was an entertaining distraction but ultimately too ridiculous and unbelievable to deserve a higher rating. No one will see the twists coming because they are more than a little too "out there" to be believed. But it is entertaining. McKenzie knows how to create tension with every page and her cliffhanger chapter endings guarantee you won't be putting the book down any time soon. And the end
1.5/5 but rounding up to 2 for the sake of generosity

I received my ARC from St. Martin's Press via Goodreads First Reads and though I'm grateful that I was chosen to preview the book early, this story about a wife who lost her stillborn baby, only to be told by a stranger that the baby was actually born alive and had been stolen from her, failed to truly grab my attention. The back cover of this book has quotes from readers who had something good to say about what they had read. One person in pa
This novel burns like a New Mexico fire, slow and steady, tearing through trees and leaves once the winds change, licking at the tips, spreading rapidly and with reckless abandon before the firefighters and volunteers can snuff it out. And it crept up on me, unassuming, inconsequential even, like a kitten with rabies that lashed out at my pant leg once my back was turned. But unlike the fire and rabid kitten, I happened to enjoy the process, the slow and steady progress toward the climactic conc ...more
Geniver Loxley has been struggling through life since her baby, a daughter she named Beth, was stillborn eight years ago. While her husband Art has built a successful business and become something of a minor celebrity, Geniver has been unable to move on, devastated at the loss of Beth and the fact that she has been unable to get pregnant again. Her world is turned upside down when an unfamiliar woman knocks on her door and tells her that Beth is, in fact, alive. Art dismisses the claim as the li ...more
Rating: 4.5 stars

Eight years ago, Gen's baby daughter Beth was tragically stillborn and Gen has been treading water ever since. A writer by profession, her creativity has left her and she now works half-heartedly as a writing teacher. Her husband Art runs a thriving business and financially they want for nothing. He's been the driving force behind them trying for another baby, and after natural methods failed, they had several unsuccessful attempts at IVF. Art now wants to try one more time, bu
If you were planning to catch up on some sleep in the near future, do NOT read this book. If you believe that truth is an immutable absolute, do NOT read this book. And, if you believe that the people in your life are the sum total of what you think you know about them, do NOT read this book. However...if you enjoy a book that grabs your attention in the first paragraph and never lets go of it, you should definitely read this book!

This is a twisting, turning storyline which provokes a visceral r
Clarifina ~Books Are My Drugs~
Jul 08, 2013 Clarifina ~Books Are My Drugs~ marked it as considering
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I won a copy of "Close My Eyes" by Sophie McKenzie through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest. This was such a gripping psychological thriller that had you hooked right from the beginning, and wouldn't let you go until you reached the end. I was first intrigued with the cover, and then when the story started...I couldn't let go.

Geniver Loxley, a writer and husband, Art, a online trader, lost their daughter, Beth who was stillborn. What followed was terrible years of pain and grief, after Beth and si
Celina Grace
It was a toss up between a two and a three star review for Close My eyes. The good points are very good: the story tackles a difficult subject with sensitivity and insight and it really is a gripping read - like many reviewers I found myself racing towards the end. There is also great skill in making what is actually quite a wildly implausible plot pretty convincing

The bad points: I'm afraid I clocked who the villain was almost as soon as they were introduced as a character which meant the big r
Megan Readinginthesunshine
Geniver Loxely has been left devastated by the loss of her daughter, and every day since, all she has thought about is Beth. Gen is married to her husband Art, who is very business-orientated and has a successful company, Loxley Benson. Art is also very driven and determined both in business and in life. Gen had a few novels published, and enjoyed writing, but has found it difficult to put her thoughts into words ever since Beth.

One day whilst Art is away on a business trip, there is a knock at
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
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A stunning read – once I started reading I did not put down till I finished! I had to know what going on, was Gen unstable, trapped in a spiraling web of grief or was there something more sinister and incredible happening? And what was the relevance of the seemingly random addition of the child like voice that punctuated the narrative so disturbingly?

McKenzie writes a great psychological thriller, plenty of twists and turns, a few red herrings thrown in just to keep you guessing, and a
Marissa Farrar
3.5 stars!
This book was a solid four stars up until the last 75%. The loss of the main character's baby eight years earlier seems pretty straightforward until a strange woman shows up at her door and tells her that her baby is still alive. Then her whole life unravels, with numerous secrets exposed.
I found the final part of the book hard to believe and found myself getting annoyed with the main character and the numerous idiotic steps she takes. I won't go into them as they'd be spoilers, but I
Athena (Shardbearer)
I won a free copy from St. Martin's Press via Goodreads First Reads.

I started reading this one a few months ago and got about four chapters in and just couldn't go any further. The MC is weak and whiny, and the story just didn't hold strong for me. I tried again and again to read farther and I just couldn't get into it. It may just be me, but this one was a no go.
Liz Wilkins
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It’s been eight years since Gen Loxley lost her daughter, Beth: eight years of grief in which nothing’s really moved forward, for all that her husband, Art, wills it to. Gen, once a writer of novels, has settled in to a life of half-hearted teaching, while Art makes his name and their fortune – and pressures her into trying IVF once again. For Gen, it seems a cruel act of replacement; life without Beth is unthinkable, unbearable – but
Geniver Loxley felt she was moving under water, only partially connected to the world she was living in. Eight years ago she was so happy, her husband Art and her were expecting their first child. Her pregnancy had progressed well, at seven months along she was no longer experiencing morning sickness. When she went for a scan with Dr Rodrigez, her specialist, the shock and horror of Beth having died in utero was devastating. Her immediate C-section to have Beth, a stillborn daughter, plus the da ...more
Rachel Bussel
I almost don't even know what to say about Close My Eyes other than be prepared to drop everything else once you start reading. In the interest of not giving away the plot, I've kept that part vague here. McKenzie opens with the sad story from the point of view of Geniver Loxley, who's basically been moping through life for the last eight years since the stillbirth of her daughter, Beth. When a stranger visits her and tells her there were unusual circumstances surrounding the birth, she at first ...more
Monica Susanna
This book was absolutely brilliant, the best thriller I've read in a long time, waaaay better than Gone Girl which I just couldn't get into. This book is so gripping and a prime cause of sleep deprivation. The novel is about a woman, Geniver who believed that her daughter was stillborn, but 8 years later a woman comes to her door and tells her that her baby is alive. This book kept me on my toes the whole time and I felt the surge of adrenaline whilst reading it. Many people say that they found ...more
Jenn (One of Many, We are Legion)
I received an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book through Goodreads First Read program, so I thought I would share my thoughts (which were not required as a condition of receiving the book).

This book is drawing numerous comparisons to Gone Girl, which I absolutely loved, but the biggest problem with such a comparison is that the reader is undoubtedly meant to sympathize, relate and even root for Geniver, the main character, whereas the characters in Gone Girl were never (at least imho) meant to
It's not often I give a book 5 stars, but WOW! This was a completely compelling psychological mystery thriller. I had to read this over 4 days due to being busy with work, but this is one of the hardest books I've ever had to put down, & I found myself thinking about it throughout the day, even squeezing in a few pages while cooking. I was reading into the early hours every night, & found myself laid awake wondering what was going to happen next.

This book had me feeling paranoid, trustin
I won this in a Good Reads Giveaway.

I am flabbergasted at the high ratings this book has pulled in so far. I am trying to figure out what it was about the story line and characters that drew people in? You could tell from
The get go that all was not well in Art and Gen's marriage. It wasn't hard to figure out that Morgan was off as well. I just found this book to be slow, and not surprising. It played out like a Lifetime movie. Predictable. I am very disappointed with it. I would not recommend i
Cally Taylor
A hugely enjoyable, compelling mystery that I couldn't put down. For the first third of the book I was clueless about the fate of Beth Luxley but guessed what had happened around halfway through (hence 4 stars rather than 5). Correctly guessing the ending didn't reduce my enjoyment in the slightest, this book was so well-written, so well paced it was a real joy to read. Highly recommended to fans of the psychological suspense genre. I look forward to reading more from Sophie McKensie.
Dale Harcombe
After a bit of thinking three and a half stars.
Imagine spending eight years thinking your daughter was stillborn and grieving her, only to have a woman turn up on your doorstep saying the child, Beth, was still alive? From that moment I was hooked. In fact I resented it whenever I had to put the book down to go and do anything else.
When Geniver raises the woman’s visit and possibility that Beth is still alive with her husband Art and best friend Hen, they dismiss it all as a hoax. But she is n
Bree T
Eight years ago, Gen went for a check up at the hospital at 37wks pregnant only to be told that the baby no longer had a heartbeat and had passed away in utero. She was given an emergency C-section to deliver the baby, a little girl that she and her husband Art named Beth.

Since they lost Beth, Gen has been in limbo. Art has worked at building his business, his reputation, making money. Gen, who had published three novels previously hasn’t written anything since Beth died. She teaches a few hours
I received a copy of Close My Eyes from the Goodreads First Reads program. Thank you Goodreads, Sophie McKenzie, and St. Martin's Press!

I have never, ever felt so conflicted about a book. Until the very last page, this was absolutely, hands down, no doubt about it, a 5 star book for me. I have never loved a book so much, only to have my opinion changed drastically enough to change my rating to 3 stars based on only the very last page of the book. I can't comprehend why the author had to write
Jennifer Joyce
It's been eight years since Gen and Art lost their daughter, Beth. They've tried to move on, undergoing several rounds of IVF but each attempt has failed and Gen isn't sure she can cope with another round. She can't seem to let go of her daughter. It isn't another child she wants - it's Beth.

And then one day there is a knock at the door. A woman Gen has never met before has a shocking claim; Beth is still alive.

The claim is ludicrous but the seed has been planted in Gen's mind. Nobody else belie
This book is this summer'sGone Girl.From the tense, fast-paced writing, to the messed-up but sympathetic characters, to the twist ending that keeps on twisting... and twisting... seriously, I have no idea why this book is not already a blockbuster.Gen and her husband Art are facing yet another round of fertility treatments, years after the stillbirth of their only child, Beth. One day, a woman shows up on their doorstep with the shattering news that their baby was not born dead. Gen embarks on a ...more
I received "Close My Eyes" by Sophie McKenzie which is due to be released July 2013 from a friend who I introduced to Goodreads. She won it in one of the first-reads giveaways and doesn't currently have time to read it. She asked if I would like to read it first, and of course, I jumped at the opportunity. "Close My Eyes" is a psychological suspense novel, 390 pages long (which is a little on the long side for my tastes usually). I wasn't sure I wanted to go there after reading the front and bac ...more
Okay, seriously. What da heck did I just read?? MY BRAIN HAS EXPLODED. THAT ENDING.

When you first read Close My Eyes, it's a bit too slow at the start. Nothing really seems to be happening, you're lulled into a false sense of security (read: boredom), when suddenly BAM a stranger turns up on the doorstep (in the book, not in real life. Because that would be creepy). The pace suddenly quickens, and everything begins building up to this MASSIVE climax. Man, those scenes were intense!

To be honest,
Ugh. I didn't care for the reader but the book has bigger problems than that. It started intriguingly enough, mother still dealing with grief over her still born baby 8 years prior. A woman shows up at her door telling her her baby was stolen and is actually alive.

Then it turns to crap. The main character is annoying, weak, unintelligent and blindingly trusting much of the time. People make horrible decisions in the course of the investigation. Many times it seems the inner dialogue is making up
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