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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  3,224 ratings  ·  436 reviews
Five footprints are the only sign that Daniel Buck was ever here. And now they are all his mother has left.

Every day, Anna Buck guards the little prints in the cement. Polishing them to a shine. Keeping them safe. Spiralling towards insanity. When a psychic offers hope, Anna grasps it. Who wouldn't? Maybe he can tell her what happened to her son ...

But is this man what he
Kindle Edition, 318 pages
Published March 12th 2015 by Transworld Digital
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Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bauer is an original voice when it comes to crime fiction, weaving stories of loss, pain, comic absurdities, with larger than life, never to be forgotten characters and the unexpected connections that arise between them. There is no pain like the broken heart of a grieving mother as Anna Buck proves on the loss of her 4 year old son, Daniel, missing for four months since the day her husband, John, forgot to lock the front door. She is chillingly unforgiving of John's error as she roams the terri ...more
"What's a shut eye?" said Anna.

"A shut eye is for real. An open eye pretends. Pretends to have the gift. Talking to the dead and all that."

Anna Buck is like a tree in autumn. She is losing every once colorful leaf on every single branch. Quickly they detach and flutter, oh so slowly at first, until there is nothing but the barren facing a dismal sky.

An unlocked door, left in a rush by her husband James, was the portal of escape for four year old Daniel. With feet on the run, Daniel is no more.
Diane S ☔
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
A missing four year old, a mother drive mad from grief, another young girl missing, a missing dog, a church minister thought to have paranormal powers and a crusty detective haunted by a case.

For most of this novel I had absolutely no idea where it was going. That is good thing in a suspense story and for me the talent that his author has, she reveals things and lets you know things exactly when she wants you to know them. Plus, you have a pretty gold reading experience getting there. Eventually
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: John Marvel looked at his watch.

It was eight thirty-seven, and he had done the same thing less than a minute earlier. He had promised Debbie he would be home by nine. Normally it wouldn'tmatter, but tonight it did, though he wasn't sure why.

He felt the cold invade his lungs as he stared up at the dome of light that masked the stars. Frost hung in an ethereal ring around the street lamp, waiting to settle and Marvel could feel it fingeringhis shins through the thin material of his trou
Elyse  Walters
"Anna Buck had lost everything the day Daniel disappeared. The meagre possibility of his return was all that kept her alive--and then only just." Daniel was 4 years old.

James Buck ( Anna's husband- and Daniel's father), was having a conversation with a young girl outside the front door of their house:
"Do you know who made those footprints?, he said"
"Daniel, said the girl. He got lost and this is all his mummy has left."
"James felt unbalanced by hearing their lives summed up in a single bald sen
Jul 22, 2016 rated it liked it

The Shut Eye by is a crime novel by Belinda Bauer. Its a twisty and fast paced read

A shut eye is a performer who becomes so adept at the illusion of mind reading that the performer comes to believe that he or she actually possesses psychic powers.
The term was used by film director Orson Welles, a gifted magician, who feared that he would fall victim to the delusion.(

Five footprints are the only sign that four-year-old Daniel Buck was ever here. And now they are all his mother ha
Wow! This book will be on my favorites of 2015 list for sure!

I’ve been a fan of Belinda Bauer for a while now, but this is my favorite novel by her so far. She takes what could be a rather common premise to a whole new level!

I highly recommend this novel to all readers who enjoy character-driven mysteries or thrillers. Also to those who like their crime fiction spiced with a little humour.

I dearly hope that this is not the last we’ll see of DCI Marvel.

My rating: 5 stars For my complete review of
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, suspense
Once again Belinda Bauer shines!

Young Daniel is missing. It appears he walked out the front door, mistakenly left open by his father, never to be seen again.
For his Mother, time has stood still. Nothing matters beyond her grief, and the belief that he's still out there, crying for her.

12 year old Edie Evans has been missing for over a year now. Her mangled bike the only clue to her disappearance.

Through a series of seemingly unrelated incidents, DCI John Marvel starts to get the feeling that th
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone, Crime Fans
I have eagerly been awaiting a new book from the pen of the talented Belinda Bauer, she has been one of my favourite authors for a very long time now and I can safely say I have read all her books.

What I love about her books is that you never know which way she is going to go next. The Shut Eye I found to be an unusual and interesting plot that kind of wrapped itself around me slowly until I was truly in it's tentacles and could not be released until the end of the book (I promise I have not be
Tim The Enchanter
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Belinda Bauer Solidifies Herself as the Queen of the Mildly Strange - 4 Stars

I am an unabashed fan of Belinda Bauer. Since I first read Rubbernecker (my personal favourite) I have been captivated by her quirky, curious and mildly strange character perspectives. Don’t misunderstand me, she does not write bizarro fiction but she tells stories from interesting, sometimes skewed perspectives. Until this book, each story of hers (that I have read) was told from th
Dec 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
This is a book that slipped through the net. I was determined to sidle out some books that slipped down my list, I wanted to put some time aside to get to read them over the Xmas holiday, this was one of them.

This authors books are amazing, this one had slipped down my kindle, so it was great to pull this out and start reading it. I started it in the evening and carried on the next morning as I just was hooked on the story line. I didn’t have a clue where it was going to end up but it was a very
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
One of the better opening chapters you could hope to read; don't stop reading as it is aleady one of the best books of 2015 and could be one of the better books you read in the year ahead.
This is an entertaining book from a brilliant story teller who brings so many issues to the reader's attention and consideration.
The loss of a child; abducted but not heard of again and no ransom demands made. The despair of parents, the failure of the police investigation and the scepticism towards the, called
Rachel Hall
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As I have recently discovered, in the world of crime fiction there is original, individual and then there is the work of Belinda Bauer. As a recent devourer of her peculiar brand of crime fiction I have lapped up her back catalogue. Managing to be gripping, surprisingly, heartwarming and bittersweet all rolled into one, The Shut Eye is another hugely memorable experience. Belinda Bauer takes a curmudgeonly forty-five-year old DCI John Marvel, in short a detective fixated on the disappearance of ...more
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shut eye : a performer who becomes so adept at mind reading that he believes he actually has psychic powers. I had never heard the term "shut eye" before.

After a few chapters of laying the background and developing characters, this book had me wondering if it was heading to the supernatural. Then BAM!! There's the Belinda Bauer I know and love!!

The unsolved case of Edie, a 12 year old girl who was kidnapped over a year ago, haunts DCI John Marvel. How is her case related to the abduction of four
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great study of unhappy people surviving loss and fear. I love the way Ms. Bauer slowly reveals complicated characters to each other and to the reader. There are no extraneous details in this story. Everything is important and fits together. There is a bit of unexplainable supernatural stuff that was interesting too.
Nov 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
There's something very dark and insular about The Shut Eye. It deals with two parallel child disappearances, a devastated crazed mother, a very dark edgy detective called Marvel, and a perhaps psychic. As I read it, I found myself wavering -- feeling like I was watching from the margins with scepticism, then getting sucked in, and then falling back to reading from the margins. The final verdict: Bauer is a very good writer, she has a great imagination and sense of character, but I didn't feel fu ...more
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
James and Anna Buck live in a small flat, next door to the garage where James works. One day, some months before, James had popped out to buy some fireworks and left the front door open. Their little son, Daniel, wandered outside and went missing. Now James feels unable to cope with his guilt and Anna feels as though she is descending into madness – spending her days guarding the small footprints her son made in the forecourt near her door and struggling with her anguish and the fact that she bl ...more
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
In order to post an honest review, I have to start by saying that I love Belinda Bauer’s books and writing style. I order her books from a UK bookstore because I am too impatient to wait and see if the book is made available in the U.S. I will also confess that I have read all of her books and look forward to more.

So, no surprise, I really loved The Shut Eye. I devoured this book in three days staying up to the wee hours of the morning to finish it. The main characters are DCI John Marvel and An
Liz Barnsley
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a clever and evocative novel from the pen of Belinda Bauer - I love her writing for its haunting quality and sense of emotion and this was no different.

In The Shut Eye we find Anna, who is falling apart after the disappearance of her son, her husband who is losing his wife to grief and various other characters including the brilliantly drawn Jack Marvel who I absolutely fell in love with. When Anna turns to a psychic in the hopes of getting some closure, things take a sinister turn. In
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Two children go missing months apart, but Detective Chief Inspector John Marvel’s priority job is to find the lost poodle belonging to his bosses’ wife. You can bet he is frustrated in this police procedural with a huge difference – a very large supernatural element. Can Marvel overcome his sceptism about psychics. Is he right about medium Richard Latham being a charlatan out to extort money from vulnerable people, desperate for answers? Or is Richard Latham the real deal?

It is a cracking read t
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is my second book by Belinda Bauer, the first being Rubbernecker which was outstanding and innovative.

I started this hoping it would also be creative, creepy, inventive and ingeniously written. It was!!!

The first few chapters are told laying out the case and those involved. Pay attention to details!!!! This was a difficult part to read, the grieving mother, Anna, whose son disappeared 4 months before and who is slowly going mad, the husband James who wants to find his son and get his wife
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: police
4.5. Count me as a new fan of Belinda Bauer. If her other books are anywhere near as fun to read as this one, I'm going to get them all.

This story starts out a little heartbreaking, the loss of a child, the parents dealing with it...and not very well. But it's the characters that make this story. And they're all just a little screwed up.

I especially loved Detective John Marvel. He's driven, he's flawed, he's sarcastic. And the stuff that goes through his head is completely skewed. I hope there
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
Loved it!!

My View:

Brilliant. Amazing. Incredible. Delightful. Haunting. Evocative. Engaging. Surprising.

Have you got the hint? I loved this book! Superb writing, wonderful complex narrative, a hint of dark humour, exceptionally moving characters… psychics, love, death and a mania of blue and circles I could feel and see myself!! This must be one of the most outstanding reads I have come across. The last thing I will say about this read is don’t just take my word for it – read this yourself- YOU
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Shut Eye is the latest book from the pen of Belinda Bauer.

It's a tale that is both haunting, evocative and told in a way that captures the essences of emotions, from grief, to despair, to hope, to meltdown. Anna is a mother of Daniel who has been missing for three months, wrought from despairing grief she seeks help in the form of a psychic. We then have Marvel, A Detective Chief Inspector, who is acerbic in tone and doesn't mind showing it. Trying to come to terms with a case of another mis
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I absolutely adored ‘Rubbernecker’ and everybody else did as well. This is the latest crime novel from the very talented Belinda Bauer.

‘The Shut Eye’, we are told, is an expression to describe a genuine psychic, as opposed to a fraud. And psychics and their ability to see what has happened to missing people and dogs is central to the book. We follow a grieving and desolate couple, Anna and James Buck. Their young son, Daniel, wandered off from their home and disappeared. There is also another mi
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, mystery

This is an unusual book, dealing with the mystery of two missing children and a poodle and delving into the paranormal with psychic visions.

DCI Marvel is a rude and grumpy London detective who likes to solve his cases, no matter who he upsets in doing so. However, the case of a 11 year old girl, Edie Evans missing for over a year haunts him and he is less than ecstatic when his super tells him to drop the case and look for his wife's missing dog instead. In the course of his investigation he com
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, mystery
Don't start this one late in the day. Feeling rather tired today after staying up way too late because I just had to finish this. What a unique book! This was my first book by Belinda Bauer, and immediately after finishing it, I downloaded one of her other ones, Blacklands.
The first chapter was an immensely clever way to start off this really intriguing journey. I have to admit I was worried initially whether this was going to stray off too far into supernatural territory for me because of the
Carolyn Walsh
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
4 stars upgraded to 4.5 as I couldn’t get the story out of my mind and took a couple of days to realize how cleverly it was plotted. I found it more compelling than most psychological mysteries I have read. It is the suspenseful story of a four year old boy, Daniel and a twelve year old girl, Edie, who previously vanished and was never found. Her case has been closed. The author creates memorable characters and reveals surprising connections between some of the main cast.

The fragile Anna Buck
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Dear Reader,

I didn't do too much research into this book. While I knew the premise centred around a missing child,I didn't read friends' reviews although I did note the many 5* duly awarded by them.

So,it's fair to say that I thought I would be reading just another crime/mystery who-dun-nit,in which we'd be led along a meandering, somewhat predictable,path in search of clues,with a few red herrings thrown in,for good measure......

How very,very wrong was I!!! From the very first chapter I was bla
Joanne Harris
A perfectly decent crime novel, with a few genuinely good surprises, but reading it, I started to feel increasingly conscious of all the tropes and stereotypes. The dour, alcoholic cop whose wife is on the verge of leaving him; the woman who goes crazy following the loss of her child; her husband, who can't cope with her mental illness; the one east Asian character, who epitomizes all the possible east Asian stereotypes you can imagine. I mean, yes to readability, but it's the first time I've be ...more
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Belinda Bauer grew up in England and South Africa. She has worked as a journalist and screenwriter, and her script THE LOCKER ROOM earned her the Carl Foreman/Bafta Award for Young British Screenwriters, an award that was presented to her by Sidney Poitier. She was a runner-up in the Rhys Davies Short Story Competition for "Mysterious Ways," about a girl stranded on a desert island with 30,000 Bib ...more

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