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Lacy Eye

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  3,225 ratings  ·  457 reviews
Hanna Schutt never suspected that her younger daughter's happiness would lead to her husband's death and the destruction of their family. When Dawn brings her new boyfriend home from college for a visit, her parents and sister try to hide their doubts because they're glad that Dawn - always an awkward child - appears to have grown into a confident, mature young woman in he ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Grand Central Publishing (first published December 2nd 2014)
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Patty Cohan Not sure if Dawn was destined to become a scoit path. But it really bothered me how she was called Ding Dong Dawn even in her parents head. I was…moreNot sure if Dawn was destined to become a scoit path. But it really bothered me how she was called Ding Dong Dawn even in her parents head. I was pretty disappointed in the beginning of this book. Only finished it because I wanted to see if Dawn was involved in her parent's attack. Writing was not very good.(less)
Jessica Treadway As the book's author, I am happy to answer this question myself. The novel is indeed based on the real case, which occurred in my hometown and which…moreAs the book's author, I am happy to answer this question myself. The novel is indeed based on the real case, which occurred in my hometown and which was highlighted in that episode of 48 Hours. I have spoken about this in interviews and written about it in the essay below, in case anyone is interested.

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Wendy Darling
1. It's who you think it is.
2. The pacing is alllll over the place. And there's no tension, which is saying a lot when there's a violent bludgeoning.
3. The main character willfully won't believe the evidence before her to the point of stupidity, and because she's also not at all interesting, it's exasperating waiting for everything to sink in. I love unlikeable protagonists when they make you think/feel things, but this one does neither.
4. I'm not an overly PC person, but the treatment (view
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
An absolutely stunning plot and complex characters make for brilliant reading with this taut psychological thriller that makes you question it every step of the way, seeking the truth.

I loved this book, I love the way it's written, the plot, the characters (some I loved, others I despised), the suspense and most of all the reveals, oh the reveals! Just when I thought I had made my mind up!

What if you began to suspect your child of an unspeakable crime?

When Dawn introduces her family to her new
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Feb 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2016
DNF at 50%!

The idea of the book was interesting, a thriller about a woman that has survived a brutal attack that killed her husband. The killer is her daughter's boyfriend. But problem is that the woman can't remember the night and it's a possibility that the daughter was involved in the attack.

This is a book that is supposed to be a thriller, but it never feels like that. What if feels like is a mother's reminisce about a daughter's childhood going wrong and I just couldn't get into the story.
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
This is one of those books that doesn't really elicit much emotion from me. It was better than okay but it kind of was what it was. A good distraction while folding laundry but not by any means a shocking thriller, this was in parts a (often long, detailed, rambling) walk down memory lane and an examination of what we choose to see versus what we choose to ignore...out of love, out of fear, out of guilt. We've all done it, but thankfully not to this end. 3 stars
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Every child gets a good mother, but not every mother gets a good child.”

----Amit Kalantri, an Indian author

Jessica Treadway, an American author, pens a compelling as well as heart-wrenching tale of a mother and a daughter in her new psychological thriller, Lacy Eye that accounts the story of a family where the husband and the wife were brutally beaten on their bed, due to which the husband died whereas the wife suffered memory loss and physical injuries unfortunately three years later, the m
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it

It's been three years since Hanna and Joe were brutally attacked in their own home. Joe died as a result, while Hanna was left with permanent physical and mental injuries. Now the man charged with the crime is seeking an appeal, and Hanna is desperate to recover her memories of the night her youngest daughter's boyfriend tried to kill her, both to ensure he remains incarcerated and to put to rest any suspicion that her daughter, Dawn, was complicit in the attack.

The narrative unfolds from Hanna'
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I won a copy of this book through Goodreads and Grand Central Publishing of New York and Boston. I am submitting my review of Lacy Eye by Jessica Treadway.

"I know it probably sounds irresponsible. Crazy, even. But can you see why I thought about canceling this morning? If there's something in there, it would give me more time to not know." I wanted her to see that I meant it when I said, "That makes sense to me."

What draws us into Lacy Eye is the common thread of denial. We've all reached out to

This most definitely meets the genre Psychological thriller, it has all the twists that tie you up in knots and the turns that weave and tangle you up into a right pickle.

The author is new to me, but the blurb sounded just right for my reading matter so I jumped in. I loved the ripple effect this book gave me once I dived in. I never sank once, the author kept me afloat keeping my attention, this is not a fast paced book, so don't expect that, but its a truly compelling one, one you will find di
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally a riveting,almost "unputdownable" read. After reading some fairly ordinary books recently I was pleasantly surprised by this psychological thriller. It was a real page turner for me that had me on the edge of my seat, almost yelling at the characters. I found that I couldn't help but get very involved with the story and quite invested in the outcome for Hanna. I can't say too much more without having to add spoilers but as a mother of adult children I felt for Hanna and could relate to h ...more
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
3 years ago Hanna’s world was torn about when an intruder murdered her husband Joe and left her for dead. Daughter Dawn’s boyfriend Rud was tried and convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment and Dawn herself came under suspicion. In fact, it seems as if everyone except Hanna believes Dawn was involved. Now, however, Rud has been awarded an appeal and is waiting for a retrial. Hanna herself has no memory of what happened that night and in order for the prosecutors to get a guilty verdict she ...more
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This five star review comes with a disclaimer and that disclaimer is this: Ellen Archer is my very favorite narrator and she makes everything into an amazing experience for me. I don't know if I would give this book five stars if I had read it. I think so, but so much of the goodness is wrapped up in Ellen Archer's narration style. My favorite audio of all time is Die a Little, also read by EA, and these two books may seem different at first glance, but they are a lot alike. How so? Well, (view ...more
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Crime, Psychological Thriller Fans
Also published under the title of If She Did It with a different cover.

An absolutely stunning plot and complex characters make for brilliant reading with this taut psychological thriller that makes you question it every step of the way, seeking the truth.

I loved this book, I love the way it's written, the plot, the characters (some I loved, others I despised), the suspense and most of all the reveals, oh the reveals! Just when I thought I had made my mind up!

What if you began to suspect your chi

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After I read the blurb for this one, I just had to read it. Can you imagine being in that situation?!? The premise was terribly frightening and I thought that it would be such an amazing book. Unfortunately, that is not exactly how this played out for me. At all.

At first, Lacy Eye really read like Gone Girl. That's all I could think about as I read it because it was so full of an inner monologue that never seemed to end. The difference is that t
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rating 5 Stars!!
Wow what a book! This isn't a fast paced suspense thriller but nonetheless I couldn't put it down! I found myself reading each word on the page like I knew they were going to be important down the road (and in a way they are). Each event in this story whether past or present helps explain how things eventually unfold. I also read a comment by Jessica Treadway on a blog that said this story was based on real life events that took place in her hometown. I read this book solo, but I
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How well do we really know the one's we love?

Hanna Schutt is slowly recovering after she and her husband, Joe, were brutally attacked in there own home. Joe would die from his injuries while Hannah was lucky to survive. Three years later and her youngest daughter, Dawn's boyfriend Rud Petty who has been in prison for the crime is seeking an appeal. Hannah is trying to remember what happened that fateful night in a bid to ensure the man who killed her husband and put her through years of rehabili
Liz Barnsley
First of all thanks to my good friend and fellow reviewer Steph for sending me a copy of this book picked up at Harrogate, I'd been dying to read it

If She Did It is a very tense and often claustrophobic family drama/psychological thriller, told from the point of view of Hanna - recovering from a traumatic event in which she lost her husband, an event she has no specific memory of, the possibility that her own daughter may have been involved in that violent night haunts her - however much she tri
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, 2015
How well do we really know anyone?

Hanna, recovering from a brutal 'bludgeoning' in which her husband was killed, does not remember the events leading up to or during the attempted murder that left her permanently disfigured. She is, however, all too aware of the views of family, friends, and community who believe her youngest daughter Dawn was involved in the attack.

What follows is Hanna's journey to try and remember, but while she is without the memory of the assault, all that is left is her
I only got about one-third into this book and had to stop reading, so I am not rating it. I will give a few comments, though...

Tried so hard to get into this book. But the looong sentences kept tripping me up. I felt like being on an enjoyable hike - story moving along, interesting, intriguing - then I trip over some old snare-wire in the grass and have to back up a few paces, or pages, and re-read what I tripped over. I cannot read this kind of book. The voice, or rhythm just did not do it for
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend all readers to read this psychological thriller IF SHE DID IT. I couldn't put this book down. I have loved every single sentence, and every single page. Jessica Treadway is such a brilliant author I am looking into which one of her books I am going read next.

What if you began to suspect your child of an unspeakable crime? A mother knows doesn't she?

Daughter Dawn introduces her family to her new boyfriend Rud. Dawn's mother doesn't like Rud but says nothing to Joe her husband.
Apr 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audio-book
In my opinion, Lacy Eye is missing something absolutely crucial in the making of a good thriller - believability. I find it impossible to grasp how a grown woman can be so completely and totally in denial about something as obvious as the guilt portrayed in this story. I have to be honest - without giving too much away - that daughter or no daughter, Dawn absolutely radiates red-handed guilt from chapter one. Her ridiculously sketchy behavior goes entirely unnoticed or ignored by her mother and ...more
Amanda Jane
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Does anyone ever know anyone? Do we even know ourselves?
These are the questions I asked myself whilst reading this book. For me it was definitely a page turner but more than that it made me think about life, family and people in general.

This book originally went under the name "LACY EYE"
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lacy Eye
Jessica Treadway

When I read and then review a book...I like to organize my thoughts into the areas of the book that capture my attention. This gives me a real feel for every part of this book. Hopefully this will help potential readers of this book, too.


The characters that I thought were the most interesting as well as intriguing...

Hanna, Joe, Iris, and Dawn...the family...were the key characters within this book. Dawn's boyfriend was also a "person of interest".

The settings for t
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We meet Hanna Schutt three years after she was bludgeoned with a croquet club and left for dead. Her husband Joe was less fortunate, dying of his injuries before a friend discovered their beaten and bleeding bodies.

No one expected Hanna to live, so her 'dying declaration', which indicated the involvement of her daughter's boyfriend Rud Petty, sent him to prison for his actions. Many—including Hanna's other daughter Iris, the police and prosecutor—also believed Dawn to be involved... to some exte
Sandy Reilly
I was very much looking forward to what this novel had to offer, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. The premise was interesting -- parents brutally attacked by daughter's boyfriend, he's sentenced but now getting a retrial, was the daughter involved -- except too much time is spent on trivial moments in the family's past and not enough on the drama of the present. Similar to "We Need to Talk About Kevin", but too many of the flashbacks appeared to ultimately have nothing to do with ...more
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Three years ago Hanna and Joe were viciously attacked in their home in the middle of the night by an intruder with a croquet mallet. Joe died. Hanna's face was smashed in, her eye almost gone and she endured months of surgery and rehab. Since she suffered a traumatic brain injury, Hanna cannot remember what happened that night. Her face is stitched back together but not even plastic surgery can fix it. The intruder was her daughter Dawn's boyfriend Rud and he was convicted. Dawn swore she had no ...more
A great psychological thriller by a new-to-me author about families and the question do we really know who we love. Hanna feels like she has always marched to the same beat as her younger daughter, Dawn, who is socially awkward, shy, and has very negative feelings about her "lazy eye". Hanna herself always kept to herself as a child and feels a strong kinship with Dawn and especially protective when other children tease her about her eye or her lack of social grace, earning her the nickname, Din ...more
Confession: I didn't finish this book.
I got 40% of the way through, and I just couldn't do it anymore. The constant motherly monologue, the flashbacks...what is even the plot of this book? Who did it? Well, if finding out who did it is the plot, then let's get on with it! Good gravy.

The book just wasn't for me. It was seriously slow paced. There was little to no action or dialogue. It was all "telling." No "showing." Flashbacks, flashbacks, and more flashbacks. Anyone who reads my reviews knows
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lacy Eye had me right away. The endearing tone of Hanna struggling though existence after a brutal attack. Everyone thinks her daughter is involved. The circumstances were just heartbreaking. This book shows the reader how dangerous a lacy eye can be. Ignorance is not always bliss.

This review contains no spoilers. Feel free to read on.

Hanna was brutally attacked three years ago. Her husband died in the attack and she can’t remember the details of what happened. When the police arrive she tells t
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Star alert for 5 star enjoyment. Shockingly good. Never expected this level of psychological survey within this genre. Not even listed as "currently reading" before I marked it "read". Because I picked it out of a pile while on a beautiful MI lake stay while all my other "currently reading" got set aside. I read it in 2 days and it's not brief. In fact, although easy read I needed to reread the "I should have" and "although my gut told me this, I did that" phrases over a couple of times. And I h ...more
Mar 05, 2015 added it
Shelves: galleys-arcs
Wow...just WOW. This is by no means the perfect book, nor is it even the most enjoyable. However it is a book that grabs you by the back of the neck and shakes you until you don't know whether you are coming or going. It forces us to face the question of -do we really know the people we love the most in the world, and how far would we go to make them happy.

As the synopsis says - Hanna is the only one left alive when her husband and she are attacked by Cricket bat wielding intruders. Hanna did li
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Jessica Treadway's novel LACY EYE was published by Grand Central/Hachette in March 2015. Her collection of stories PLEASE COME BACK TO ME received the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2010. Her previous books are the novel AND GIVE YOU PEACE and ABSENT WITHOUT LEAVE AND OTHER STORIES. She is a professor in the Department of Writing, ...more
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