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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,412 ratings  ·  322 reviews
Haven’t we all wanted to pretend everything is fine?

Jane doesn’t like confrontation. Given the choice, she'd prefer to focus on what’s going well, the good things in life.

But when her husband, Leon, is brutally attacked in the driveway of their home, in front of their two young children, Jane has to face reality. As he lies in a coma, Jane must open her eyes to the problem
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 26th 2018 by Corgi
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Miriam Smith
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Paula Daly is a wonderful and much respected author and after thoroughly enjoying "The Mistake I Made" I was truly looking forward to her latest book "Open Your Eyes".
This exceedingly clever and well thought out story has been intelligently planned and meticulously plotted to produce a hugely addictive and amazingly compelling book. I was hooked and found it impossible to put down!
Blurb - When Jane's husband, Leon, is brutally attacked in the driveway of their home and in front of their two you
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Meredith
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.75 stars

Literary wars. A violent act. And of course, CRAZINESS!


Open Your Eyes is a riveting, entertaining psychological thriller about a semi-famous author who is violently attacked with a nail gun, suffers a brain injury and loses his memory. His wife, a wannabe writer, is left picking up the pieces, while at the same time trying to figure out who would try to hurt her husband in such a horrific manner. She digs where she’s not supposed to, finds some incriminating evidence, and puts hers
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Deanna
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
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3.5 Stars

Jane is frustrated. It feels like her writing career is going nowhere. She has six unpublished novels and the rejection is starting to get to her. Her husband, Leon, on the other hand, is a well-published author. He tries to reassure her, “It’s not your fault they don’t want your work…but I don’t get why it has to hit you so hard every time”. But he doesn’t get it. He’s a successful PUBLISHED author. His work pays
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Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
A compulsively-good, twisty thriller that will make you consider the nightmare a life can become following a single moment!!! This is my first Paula Daly and I had a blast reading Open Your Eyes! I actually wish I could start this review with the last line of the book, because it was THAT GOOD! But of course, the last line would spoil some things about the story so I won’t post it here. But if you’ve read Open Your Eyes by Paula Daly or when you do, savor that last line! I’m still thinking about ...more
Debra
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Jane's husband Leon, is attacked in their car with the couple's two young children in the backseat. Jane finds Leon unconscious and unresponsive in the driver’s seat. While Leon is in a coma, Jane learns that her husband had secrets and kept many things from her.

This book is a psychological thriller which asks the question- how well do we know those in our lives? How well do we know our spouses? Our friends? Our neighbors? Jane becomes determined to learn why someone would want to harm her husb
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Elyse Walters
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
.... “OPEN YOUR EYES” rocked- my - boat.!!!!!

Did you know that some people who suffer from Traumatic Brain injuries will have increased sexual compulsive desires?
Did you also know that brain injuries are more common in the UK than breast cancer?
Both of these things are true. And both are true for Leon Campbell.

Jane and Leon Campbell live in Liverpool with their two young children.
Since coming out of an induced coma, from his traumatic brain injury, Leon began acting out his increased sexual
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Kaceey
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
3.5*
Leon is a successful crime author with a devoted following. He lives a quiet, unassuming life with his wife Jane and their 2 young children.

When an attempt is made on Leon’s life, Jane scrambles to hold her family together while searching for answers why anyone would want to intentionally hurt Leon.

It doesn’t take much digging to discover there’s a great deal more about her husband than she could have ever imagined. Has she been married to a complete stranger? How is she supposed to live wi
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Open Your Eyes was a different ditty…in a good way! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The main character, Jane Campbell, a creative writing teacher, does not like confrontation. I can relate to that. She is married to a top crime writer, Leon, and she takes the backseat to him. Jane’s focus is on the family, including her two young children; however, she finally submits a manuscript to a publisher only to be rejected. Rather than push her to try again, Leon asks her to let her “hobby” of writing go.

Jane’s idyllic, quiet
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Susanne  Strong
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
3.5 Stars* (rounded up)

Jane and Leon are married with two children. Happy, of course, or at least Jane thinks so, though they fight like all couples do. Leon is an uber successful crime writer while Jane is just a wannabe. She tries not to be jealous of her husband’s success but it’s a difficult task. One afternoon while getting ready to leave for his mother’s house - Leon gets into an argument with their neighbor - over their outside cat, Bonita, of all things! (To think someone doesn’t like ca
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Linda
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
We're all in some kind of recovery.

Picking up the shattered pieces after the boot heel of life grinds us down into almost unrecognizable grit. Kinda separates us from those who will survive another round and those who will not.

It's Leon's birthday and the car is packed with little Martha and Jack in the back seat. Jane, his wife, swallows down the unsettling thought of another celebration at Leon's mother's house. The car is idling in the driveway when Leon insists that Jane go back into the hou
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j e w e l s
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-bejeweled
FOUR STARS
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OPEN YOUR EYES, people! This little cutie flew under the radar and was quietly published last October in the USA. I feel like I discovered a precious gem or something. What happened? How did I miss this? It is REALLY good! If you love psychological suspense ( I DO I DO), especially those with a solid domestic plot….then check out OPEN YOUR EYES.

Paula Daly is exceptionally skilled in creating down-to-earth, relatable characters. Set in modern day Liverpool, we have a writing instructo
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Debbie
3.5

A tasty baked potato but missing the toppings


I liked this domestic thriller about a husband getting shot in the head with a nail gun, and a wife who is determined to find out what happened, but I know I won’t remember it. Well, maybe I will remember the nail gun, since it’s not the usual weapon you’d grab to knock somebody off. (Don’t worry, that wasn’t a spoiler; you hear about the nail gun right away.) Sigh, I’m always looking for a thriller full of tricks, like Gone Girl. This one isn’t tr
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Esil
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4+ enthusiastic stars

Ok, this book definitely kept my attention. I've been in a bit of a reading slump, but fortunately have found a few decent mysteries recently to keep me interested in reading. Open Your Eyes is definitely one of them. It's the second book I've read by Paula Daly and by far my favourite. Jane lives in Liverpool with her husband and two young children. One day, her life is turned upside down when an attempt on her husband's life leaves him brain damaged. Jane then has to deal
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Kendall
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it

Jane and Leon are married with two children. Jane appears to think that they're a happy couple despite minor fights that all married couples have.
Leon is a successful writer while Jane is trying to start her writing career. Yikes.. how hard would this be having your hubby be successful and you failing at the same career?

Before we know it, Leon lands himself in the hospital and is in a coma. He thankfully awakens but doesn't recognize Jane and is convinced he’s married to his first wife. He star
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Pauline
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Open Your Eyes by Paula Daly is a psychological thriller that had my attention from the first page. Jane's husband is attacked in his car outside their house as is now in hospital in a coma. Jane is left to look after her two young children and is afraid that whoever attacked her husband will come back for her. I really enjoyed this book and all its twist and turns.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publishers for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Nicola
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I have read all but one of Paula Daly’s books and really enjoyed them so I was very excited when her new book ‘Open Your Eyes’ was released.
Jane Campbell a mum of two young children ,would love to be a published author, but so far it’s husband Leon who has had the more success and is the family’s main breadwinner as a crime writer.
Jane earns a living as a creative writing teacher having received no luck submitting several books for publication.
It’s the morning of Leon’s birthday and th
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Michelle
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jane and Leon are a married couple. He is a successful writer and she has never managed to get any of her work published. That aside they live relatively happy lives. One day as they are about to go out for the afternoon to celebrate Leon's birthday they are confronted by their elderly neighbor who was complaining about their cat disturbing their garden. As her husband and he bickered back and forth Jane went inside to fetch some beer to bring to the celebration. Upon returning to the car it's o ...more
Erin
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Paula Daly manages for the 4th time to completely baffle me with her plots. In this, main protagonist, Jane finds herself trying to figure out who would harm her successful author husband. As the pages turned, it soon became clear that there is no shortage of suspects. Although the pacing was a bit slow in the middle of the story, I felt that even when I wasn't reading, I couldn't stop thinking about this book and its characters.

Thanks to Netgalley for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review
Jayme
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s Leon’s birthday!

The author, his wife Jane, and their two small children are off to his mother’s house to celebrate....although it’s not what Leon really wants to do.

Before they can leave the driveway, however, their neighbor intercedes to discuss the family’s cat. (Trigger warning, animal lovers!)

An argument ensues, and Leon asks Jane to retrieve beer from the house, to bring to the celebration, as this day is NOT shaping up to be his best birthday...

When she returns, their car has plow
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Linda Strong
Jane's husband, Leon, is viciously attacked in his own driveway, behind the wheel of his own car. Before he was attacked, he had sent her back into their house to grab some beer. They were on their way to his mother's for his birthday.

As she left the car, a neighbor came up and started arguing with Leon over their cat. The cat was digging in his wife's garden and she wasn't happy. There had been contention with this neighbor before and the complaints just never seemed to stop.

When Jane gets back
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Liz Barnsley
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
was a brilliantly addictive novel from the pen of one of my favourite writers Paula Daly. I read it fast, utterly caught up in Jane’s battle to learn to live with a man who is completely changed from the man she married and to discover what happened to him in those short moments after she left him in the car…
 
The story encompasses many themes and is set in the literary world so will resonate with readers everywhere. The emotional core of it sits within the trauma of life after severe brain injur
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Jennifer
When I first discovered Paula Daly's work, I read all her existing titles back-to-back, and she has been on my radar ever since. Every piece she writes is a totally different theme and they are always fun and intriguing reading experiences. In Open Your Eyes, the storyline is all about writers: writing as a craft, the success stories, the stories that never get off the ground, and all the turmoil that falls in between. If there is anything this story taught me about authorship, it's that you don ...more
Darinda
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jane is married to Leon, a successful crime writer. Jane takes care of their two young children, teaches creative writing, and dreams of being a writer. They seem to have a great life, but that all comes crashing down one day while getting ready to head out. Leon and the kids are in the car and ready to go, but Jane heads back inside for a few minutes. When she returns, she finds Leon brutally attacked.

Told from Jane's point of view, she first deals with the shock of her husband's brutal attack
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Amanda
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I have to say before I start this review, that Paula Daly is one of my favourite authors. I was over the moon to get a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review, as I know I won’t be disappointed!!

Wow what a start, I nearly fell off my chair!!

It started off as a normal day. It’s Leon’s birthday and his wife Jane and their 2 young children are going to Leon’s mother’s house. They are in the car ready to leave when Leon asks for some beer and for her to lock the garage door. She is
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Ken
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A gripping psychological thriller that zips along at a pace.
Not only showing the fallout of a life altering event, this clever mystery also explores the perilous world of book publishing.

Budding author Jane is married to semi-successful writer Leon, aside from her struggles to have one of her novels published - she couldn’t be happier.
That is until the morning her husband was brutally attacked in the driveway of their home, in front of the couples two children.

Trying to carry on with normal eve
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Iryna *Book and Sword*
3.5/5 stars

I am in a huge mood for thrillers/suspense/mystery books! So when I saw the description for this book I was more than intrigued. Open Your Eyes has everything you want in a good thriller - pace, suspense and a good dose of daily life. It was also an extremely fast read. But it also falls short on many other things.

The main character, Jane, is compelling and I sympathized with her a lot, but she's also not very bright. There were some things she did in regards to her family and kids
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Jayme
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s Leon’s birthday!

The author, his wife Jane, and their two small children are off to his mother’s house to celebrate....although it’s not what Leon really wants to do. Before they can leave the driveway, however, their neighbor intercedes to discuss the family cat. (Trigger warning, animal lovers!)

An argument ensues, and Leon asks Jane to retrieve beer from the house, to bring to the celebration, as this day is NOT shaping up to be his best birthday...

When she returns, their car has plowed
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Eilonwy
3-1/2 stars, rounded up
Jane Campbell has it all: A handsome, successful husband and a solid marriage; a beautiful house; two adorable children; and a sweet cat. All, that is, except the writing career she craves, as she has written 9 novels and collected hundreds of rejection slips. Other than that, though, she’s happy.

Then her husband is nearly murdered in their driveway after a confrontation with the neighbor across the street. As his life hangs in the balance, Jane tries to figure out how t
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Heidi
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Jane’s husband Leon is brutally attacked in the driveway of their suburban home, suffering a severe traumatic brain injury, the whole family’s life is suddenly turned upside down. Not only does Jane fear for her own and her children’s safety whilst the assailant is still on the loose, but she has also discovered that her husband has been keeping secrets from her – secrets that may put their future in jeopardy.

I have always enjoyed Paula Daly’s writing style, and Open Your Eyes is no differe
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Bill Kupersmith
May 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Jane Campbell is the mother of two young children, married to Leon, a very successful crime novelist. They live in Liverpool. Although she works as a part-time teacher of creative writing, Jane is frustrated by inability to find a publisher of her own fiction. Nevertheless, she seems to have enjoyed a fulfilled and happy live till Leon suffers brain injury in their own driveway from a nail gun wielded by an unseen assailant. Though Leon survives, Jane has to cope with the bizarre side effects of ...more
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Paula Daly is the acclaimed author of five novels. Her work has been sold in fifteen countries, shortlisted for CWA Gold Dagger Crime Novel of the Year award, and her books are currently being developed into the ITV drama - Deep Water - set to air in 2019. She was born in Lancashire and lives in the Lake District with her husband, three children, and whippet Skippy.

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