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Alice Close Your Eyes

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With haunting prose and deft psychological insight, Averil Dean spins a chilling story that explores the dark corners of obsession–love, pain and revenge.

Ten years ago, someone ruined Alice Croft's life. Now she has a chance to right that wrong–and she thinks she's found the perfect man to carry out her plan. After watching him for weeks, she breaks into Jack Calabrese's h
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 31st 2013 by Harlequin MIRA
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this is the most uncomfortable i have ever been reading a book the author dedicated to their mom.

it's a psychosexual romp with animal abuse, cutting, plenty of drugs and drinking, childhood sexual abuse, maiming, murder, and just all around unlikeable people. mommy, i did it all for youuuuu!

there's also a lot of cigarette smoking - which is rare in romance novels these days.

it's a very sexually graphic book about about two self destructive and damaged people who fall into a relationship sort of
Oct 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
I received this book for free from Goodreads first reads program.

Boy do I feel like I was duped. The premise of this book sounded interesting, but then I started reading this book and felt like I'd slipped down a rabbit hole of sex, bondage, and whips. Guess, shame on me for not thinking this one through. All I did was read the blurb (ie. back cover of the book or the first three paragraphs under the description) not what experts were saying about it, I guess my mind just didn't go in the direct
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Averil Dean's debut novel, Alice Close Your Eyes, is disconcerting, dark and intense. It is also an incredibly riveting tale of two very damaged individuals, their dysfunctional and violent relationship and the secrets that haunt them. This harrowing psychological thriller is highly erotic and not for the sexually faint of heart.

Alice Croft is the novel's narrator and while she has a compelling voice, it is difficult to like her. There is no mistaking she has had a difficult life but her decisi
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
ALICE CLOSE YOUR EYES was the one book I couldn't put down this year. So often thrillers fall short, but not Averil Dean's ALICE --- this story grabs you from the first sentence and doesn't let go until you turn the last pages. I'm already hoping for the sequel.
Melissa B
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I won an advance copy of this book through Goodreads.

I feel like I say this a lot, but...I could not put it down. Right from the beginning I was intrigued by Alice. What secrets was she hiding? Why was she in Jack's house?

Throughout the course of the novel, you learn Alice's secrets. In many cases, they don't come out and say what happened, you just sort of learn about them through short flashbacks as she tells her story. It starts out with Alice breaking into Jack's house looking for his "box
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
DARK, TAUT, RIVETING CHILLER ... the scariest monsters are REAL **4.5 wow stars**

... OR just call it a twisted experiment in terror. This DEBUT book rocked me so hard! It was just supposed to be a random library loan, but prickled all my senses in deep and disturbing ways. The description teased my sudden taste for a psychological thriller with erotic undertones that would push some boundaries and thrill me to the core. From the first paragraph, my attention was riveted to the lonely and lost he
Crystal Craig
Forty percent into it and I've had enough!

I read this book for a Recommendation swap in my book club, Sweeter Reads. I was supposed to read it months ago but because of some major family trauma over the last few months, I'm just getting to it now. I gave the book a fair chance, however, I cannot continue reading. I'm just not getting it. The characters are unusual—actually odd would be a more fitting word. There is sex. Weird sex and I have no idea why it's funky because after reading almost to
Jan 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
I received this book as an ARC and read it in a day, more because I was curious about how it would end than because I actually liked the story. It seemed to be a series of explicit and increasingly sadistic sex scenes, loosely tied together by a story of a woman with a difficult childhood who was out to get revenge on someone who had wronged her in the past.

It was difficult to feel sympathy for the main characters, Alice and Jack. Since the story was told from Alice's point of view, there was s
Jan 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
I did not really enjoy this book, but I read it quickly and the writing flowed easily. As others have stated, it is an "erotic thriller." I didn't really know what this book was about until I started reading it and there was just way too much sex (and weird sex, nonetheless). It's the kind of book you feel embarrassed/uncomfortable reading even though nobody sees you reading it. The main character spends years of her life longing for revenge on someone who "ruined her life" until there is a dumb ...more
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May 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was just so soulless. I kept waiting for it to really claim my interest but everything seemed so unfinished. The relationship between two of the characters was barely explained and so it doesn't even make sense to the reader. The sex scenes were way too common, I think there were about 4 alone in the first couple of chapters and I can't be bothered with that. I really liked the premise and I like the main character but the plot was poorly done and there wasn't enough explanation of mai ...more
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy of this in a Goodreads First Reads contest and I have to admit that I feel a little duped from the description. It wasn't what I thought it was, less "thriller" and more "dark erotica" is how I would describe it. I am not a big fan of books that cover up a weak plot with a lot of sex that doesn't add anything to the story. In this case, however, I understood what the author was trying to convey with the sex scenes and there escalating nature. I think I would have liked this book if ...more
Barbara White
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I agree with the reviewer who said, "Freaking brilliant!" I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an ARC and have already recommended this novel to all my reader friends. If I had to compare it to other books I've enjoyed, I would pick GONE GIRL and THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS--with an erotic element! Some of the scenes are raw and disturbing, but you cannot take your eyes off the page. And right from the beginning, I felt this sense of unease and dread that never let up. My heart literally pounde ...more
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, must-reads
The story of Alice Croft and Jack Calabrese was dark with a capital D! If you are looking for a love story with a happily ever after ending then this is not the book for you. Their relationship was twisted, violent, intensely passionate, and enthralling. Every page had me sucking in a breath, trying to still my pounding heart. This book was psychologically brilliant. Deftly written and fast paced. A definite "let me pick my jaw up off the floor" five stars!
Aliaa El-Nashar
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Warning: before you read this book, if you're hoping for a story with any sense of euphoria, happy ending, brief moments of justice or basically any good conclusion of any sort, this book is seriously not meant for you.

Now, to be honest when I requested this book for review from NetGalley, I had absolutely no idea what it was about. No really, all I read were the first couple of sentences in the synopsis which gave me the impression that this is a book about a girl seeking revenge, she breaks i
Heather Wood
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was dark! Much darker than I expected and I had to put the book down because of the strong emotions I felt as I read it. The author has an obvious talent for writing erotic thrillers that will hook you from the very beginning.

There are no heroes and heroines in Alice Close Your Eyes—the novel is made up of f*cked up individuals who are damaged and mentally unstable. Alice may have been the worse of them all and readers are likely to find her an unreliable narrative. I liked reading her
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
The first thing I liked about this novel is that it starts right in the middle of the action. Dean doesn't waste time introducing the characters in their natural environments, going about their regular day. You're gripped right from the start. I was immediately thrust into Jack's house along with Alice, which felt like a bonding experience, sort of.

After that first scene, though, I felt increasingly distanced from Alice and Jack. It was an interesting ride, but I felt like an outsider watching t
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book was...different. Honestly, that's really the only word that encompasses everything in this book. I wasn't aware that it was an "erotic" thriller (nothing hinted about that factor ANYWHERE in the blurb) and if I'd known that I probably would've avoided it because it's just not my thing. A sex scene or two is tolerable for me but reading about climaxes and clitorises and erections and hips slapping and pussy every chapter was horrible. I liked the character Molly a lot and it was interes ...more
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ALICE CLOSE YOUR EYES by debut author, Averil Dean is an intense Erotic Psychological Suspense/Thriller set on the Vashon Island in the Puget Sound. A chilling but compelling story of a manipulator with a dark past and even darker future. Meet Alice Croft and Jack Calabrese…

Alice’s life was ruined ten years ago and pay back is here. Enter Jack. But wait Jack is not as easily manipulated as Alice thought he would be, so who is manipulating who?

For an intense and I do mean intense read, that has o
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for a review. First of all, WHOA! I could not put this book down. It was just so intense and haunting and disturbing...very disturbing. The subject matter is at times hard to swallow so I can see why people didn't enjoy the book. I am warped enough to have devoured it. Alice breaks my heart. Averil Dean's writing put me right in Alice's head and I could feel her anger and determination, her fear and confusion. And after everything, I still don't know what to think o ...more
I broke my New Year's resolution by buying something new, as opposed to reading from my "stash." I hope that if I break my resolution again, I will have paid for a book I loved. I did not love this book.

I am by no means a prude, but I don't read erotica. If I wanted to read erotica, I'd pick up a copy of Penthouse Letters. I understand that certain stories could not really be told--or a mood created--without a certain amount of sex and/or erotica. Fine, no problem. This was one of those books...
This story was dark like a film noir. It was articulate and well edited but the H/h were so psychologically messed up that their story was not erotic, at least for me it wasn't. There were one or two scenes that were erotic but after that the intimacy of the relationship was too messed up.
I like dark romance, with a little light, love, and tenderness at the end of the tunnel. I also like a whole lot of kink but this went beyond kinky. There were no safe words and there were times that calling o
Jan 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, books-i-own
You know how people always stop to watch a train wreck?
That is exactly how I feel about Alice Close Your Eyes. I have never found myself so confused by a book after reading it. I am well and truly lost at see with this one.

I bought this book a couple years back and it's another one that has been sitting, gathering dust for way longer than it should have before I finally got to it. In an effort to clean out my books I'm trying to read a lot of my older titles which is why I picked this one up w
I struggled with this book.

Upon finishing, I was left with this really weird feeling, I just want to move on from this book.

I liked the writing, however to quote the book itself “There is no shortage of words, but it all lacked cohesion.” I wonder what was the point of everything, the ending is so anti-climactic, the whole plot depends on one little detail, everything it spun around that, you think something major is gonna happen, and you get to the end….and think…THAT’S IT?

My biggest issue we
Khalia Furlong
Jul 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
OK, I read this book from cover to cover, backwards and forwards all the while i was constantly thinking I'd missed an important piece of information to explain these characters intent and to simply get some background info on the couple. Nope. i missed nothing.

This book is honestly among the worst written novels I've bought. I few comments down someone likened it to Fifty Shades and Gone Girl. They are not wrong, but unfortunately its the worst bits of both novels: The overly scripted minor de
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s, new-own
The summary of this book does not do it justice, there is so much more involved than stated there, it had me hooked from start to finish, I received it in the mail today, and finished it in one sitting, that is how gripping it was for me!

I will admit I did feel a bit of a disconnect from Alice, and that is why this is not a 5/5 book for me, some of her decisions I did not agree with, even knowing that she had a very tough upbringing and it is a situation that I cannot relate to at all, she just
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was ok

Vachon Island in Puget Sound is the setting for debut novel, Alice Close Your Eyes. It's classified as, "a cross between steamy exotic romance and spooky thriller" by Booklist, but I think readers need to be aware the the characters are really twisted and there is plenty of sexual violence in this book.

The novel opens with Alice Croft, a 21 year-old woman who has had a horrible childhood growing up within the foster care system. She's a woman with an intense hatred for one individual and bent on
Paula  Phillips
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Wanting a novel that in a way reminds the reader of the author Jennifer McMahon ? A novel that will have you sucked in but at the same time , the book will have you questioning why on earth are you still reading it ? This was one of the weirdest books I have read in a long time. Judging by the cover , I thought this book would be a psychological thriller and in a way it was but then again, it wasn't. In Alice, Close Your Eyes we meet Alice Croft - she is a reclusive author who in her spare time, ...more
Apr 05, 2014 rated it liked it
I like a good dark, psychological thriller. Especially ones that get into your mind and mess with it. This book did not do that but it was still dark and twisted. It goes to show you that you may not really care for the people as was the case for me with Alice and Jack but I was still enthralled by them and their relationship. Jack's cool under pressure demeanor was unnerving and scary. Which is why I did find him interesting. However on the other hand, this same coolness about him made him not ...more
Jan 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Why did I read this book was what I was asking myself after I finished reading it. I guess I felt obligated because it was a review copy. The story is about a psychologically damaged woman writer (and a "cutter") who gets her jollies by sneaking into peoples homes and finding and stealing that box or hiding place where you keep those most personal things in your life. On one of her escapades she is caught and in warp speed she becomes a willing almost sex slave to this man. She, of course, deri ...more
Maria Ulery
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Averil Dean's debut book is a page turner that you wont want to put down! Alice Croft is a slightly disturbed young woman that writes YA novels for a living. She has definitely had a tough life and seen a lot of heartache after the death of her grandma and mom she gets thrown in the child welfare system in and out of homes but gets thru it to make a decent life as an author. She breaks into homes sometimes just to get a farther glimpse of what people are really like but when she breaks into Jack ...more
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Averil Dean was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She left school at sixteen and went on to sell donuts, goldfish, and power tools before answering the call of the cubicle, where she spent the next twenty years building up her tolerance for burnt coffee and the dot-matrix printer. She left this dream life in 2012 when she moved with her husband and the youngest of their three kids to Lacey, Wa ...more

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