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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  5,554 ratings  ·  902 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
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Hardcover, 391 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2013)
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Hannah Carmichael I agree with Doris. I wouldn't recommend this for anyone under 16 either. As a matter of fact 17 is probably even more appropriate an age.

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Clumsy Storyteller
This book deals with the most painful, intense type of grief which is "losing a child shortly after birth". Geniver Loxley lost her daughter eight years ago a profound sense of loss weighed on her, she was still grieving her daughter when a woman ( nurse from the hospital) shows up claiming that Gen's baby had been born alive and was taken away by the doctor and given to someone else, and her husband was well aware of the whole situation, Gen didn't trust the woman at first, but her hope for the ...more
Emily May
Aug 04, 2013 rated it liked it

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
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Richard Derus
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Jules
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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, and 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, and found myself laid awake wondering what was going to happen next.

This book had me feeling paranoid, trusting no
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Marie
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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Blair
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
Lisa-Books Smiles
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars.
Brenda
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
Frank Phillips
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Was this child switched at birth, abducted, sold in the black market, unreliable narrator, or is this a big scam??? All thoughts that we're going through my head when I first got into this story!
This started off really well and I was intrigued almost instantly. I thought it might end in a variety of different ways but never did I see the actual ending coming! It was so far-fetched and unrealistic it ruined the book for me a little bit, unfortunately. could have been a four-star plus read but I'm
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Robert
Jun 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
Stacey
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Sue
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Malia
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I had heard good things about this author, and was excited when my copy of CLOSE MY EYES arrived. My expectations, I am happy to say, were far from being disappointed!
CLOSE MY EYES is a cleverly constructed book, with a plot that gripped me from the first few pages and a protagonist I truly felt for. The book is written in first person present tense, which I use in my writing as well, so I obviously enjoyed it:-) McKenzie has a very fluid style of writing, and I zipped through this book far too
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Lisa
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
I think this book has got such high marks as the story is pretty explosive and drags you along by the seat of your pants! Top marks for going somewhere I never expected and the ending was great.

The reason I didn't really enjoy this one is because the characters are vapid and completely unbelievable. I realise Gen has been through a lot but she is so irritating and she just couldn't convince me that her situation would be plausible.

I don't want to give anything away as the best part of t
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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
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Jacqueline (We Be Book'N)
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2018
Wow - I haven't read a psychological thriller this good in a while. This book went so deep and kept me turning the pages. I couldn't figure out who did what, which I LOVE, and the plot kept changing with new twists and turns. I also love that the ending wasn't rushed, and she made time to explain exactly who, what, where, and why. Definitely recommending!
Anna
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
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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
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Celina Grace
Jun 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Marissa Farrar
Jun 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Clarifina ~Books Are My Drugs~
Jul 08, 2013 marked it as considering
Isn't this the exact same cover as this but with a different font:. I Love You to Death (I Love You, #1) by Natalie Ward0

Come on! Compare them! Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie
Liz Barnsley
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Available now from Simon and Schuster.

Source: Purchased copy.

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
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Christine
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.

Geniver Loxley and her prominent husband Art had long been trying to have a second child after the stillbirth of their daughter Beth some 8 years earlier. In a strange twist of fate, somebody shows up on Loxleys' doorstep with the following message: Beth was not really stillborn, but taken by the doctor who delivered her.

Naturally, the stranger's claims
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Karen
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was just fantastic! I loved every moment and the ending was superb! It's because of books like this that I am reminded about why I love to read.
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
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Nara
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,
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Rachel Kramer Bussel
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 Shoshanna
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mary
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
Two stars because I was able to finish it. Lots of plot holes, silly melodrama, and a narrator who failed to arouse any respect or sympathy. Characters who allow their particular tragedy to define them are tedious. Geniver can barely pull herself together, eight years after the stillbirth of her baby. Eight. Years. That's a hella long time to feel sorry for oneself, isn't it? I would be utterly bored with myself, I think.

I am another who does not get the comparison to Gone Girl, a book which I
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Donna Weber
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
Close My Eyes is an intense psychological thriller that gets more riveting with every page. Froth with brilliant twists and turns and crafted with delicate intricacy, this novel never fails to excite, and McKenzie’s writing is top notch. I don’t like roller coasters but Sophie McKenzie’s Close My Eyes is as close as I get and worth every exhilarating page! My only disappointment or complaint (which can be considered a big one…happens on the last page! I won’t spoil it, but would love to hear oth ...more
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