Before Her Eyes
She can't see the killer
But the killer can see her...
Naomi Hannah has been blind since birth. Struggling with living in the small, claustrophobic town of Balkerne Heights, Naomi contemplates ending her life. But before she can, Naomi stumbles across the body of a young woman who has been brutally murdered. She senses someone else there at the scene - watching her. Naomi m
"Before Her Eyes" is Jack's latest offering and a very good thriller it is too. Being many an online book club sensation this author has a huge following and I was thrilled to be able to read this book and see for myself what all the excitement was about.
I've read a thriller before that has a blind main protagonist and was totally astounded as to how the ...more
Then I received an email asking if I’d like to take part in the blog tour to advertise this latest book by Jack Jordan.
Let’s just say, they didn’t have to ask me twice.
Naomi who is blind really got under my skin, in a nice way.
She had her problems and a disability; she was blind. She had a lovely loyal guide dog too.
But certain things in her life brought her down and at the beginning of the book she feels sh ...more
Naomi has given up on life and has been planning her suicide, until she finds herself at a murder scene facing the murderer, but unable to see him as she is blind. Is she safe or is the murderer playing cat and mouse with her. After staring death in the face she realises she does want to live after all!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was creepy and kep ...more
Do you ever have a certain, specific expectation about a book and then once you start reading it you kind of have to adjust your mindset? I had that experience here, but instead of being frustrated by having to shift my assumptions I was totally excited that there was much more to this one than just your standard mystery/thriller.
This is told from both Naomi’s POV and also Marcus who is a detective and that’s where this crossed genres a bit. While it most assuredly is a mystery at it’s core ...more
Naomi is blind and having a difficult time. When bodies start piling up around her she has to fight not only her own demons but suspicion from the police and the community.
There are plenty of twists and turns and a highly engaging and sympathetic character in Naomi, giving the reader a different viewpoint and is beautifully written all the way.
Jack Jordan does small town angst very ...more
Naomi Hannah has been blind since birth and still lives in Balkerne Heights - the town in which she grew up. A recent divorcee, she now lives with just her guide dog Max for company but has managed to stay reasonably independe ...more
Naomi feels ostracised by her community, stagnant in her dead-end job, and can not stop the memories of her ex-husband, Dane, from consistently re-surfacing at any given moment. Naomi is also blind. She can only think of one foreseeable release from this endless cycle of pain and hopelessness and makes her way to the ...more
T/W- Suicide, Assault, Hate Crime
I read this one in a single sitting on a long train journey last week, but I've needed some time to fully digest my thoughts before writing my review. The main character Naomi has been blind since she was born and has stayed in the same town all her life. She is depressed and thinking about taking her own life. But instead, she finds herself at the centre of a brutal murder and finds herself targeted by the murderer, even though she has no idea ...more
Marcus is a detective working on the case under his boss Lisa. Lisa I took an instant dislike to straight away. It's her way or no way. The way she tries to belittle Marcus wound me up as muc ...more
Naomi Hannah has been blind since birth. One day, while walking down a dark and icky alley, she stumbles upon the body of a young woman who has been brutally murdered. Naomi can sense she’s not alone and while she may not b ...more
Incredibly claustrophobic and suffocating, Before Her Eyes gets down and dirty from the off-set with the most hair-rising prologue. The story then moves the reader up close and personal with what it feels like to not be able to use one of your senses ( ...more
Before Her Eyes is vastly different from A Woman Scorned and alhough I really live for psychological thrillers that deliver twist upon twist, Before Her Eyes is more of a police procedural and made its own impact on me with a brilliant plot. Jordan makes the story that much more menacing by including a blind woman into the story and the tension ramps up when she crosses paths with a serial killer the moment she stumbles quite literally on the scene of a murder. This is stu ...more
Unfortunately the good stops at the basic idea and the story rapidly devolves ...more
Naomi was born blind....she has had a ‘normalish’ life even so and had relationships ( ex hubby Dane) and a job in a cafe for over 20 years, shes doing ok....then someone knocks on her door but doesn’t speak...amongst other things she then ‘witnesses’ a murder where the killer puts her hands in the victims wounds!!......her life is no more ‘normalish’
Enter Marcus and Lisa, 2 detectives on the case, 1 is lovely and determined to get to the truth, the other possibly the vilest Detective I have ‘me ...more
One day she stumbles across a body in the middle of an alleyway and the murderer blocks her path and taunts her with it. From this point on Naomi is in terrible danger, who can she trust and why did the murderer let her live?
I really enjoyed this story, quickly turning the pages to see what happened an ...more
Naomi is a strong character who who has been blind since birth. What she is going through at the hands of a killer is terrifying but even more so as she can’t see. I couldn’t help but admire her.
Marcus is the detective on the case. I really liked him. I didn’t like his boss Lisa.
This is an absolutel ...more
It was great reading from a perspective of a blind person, Naomi and Dean's character were so well developed. When you think you know you have figured it out, the story ends up having more twists and turns.
The ending of this story I think beat the ending of Gone Girl. I am not trying to put down another great novel but can Jac ...more
She can't see the killer
But the killer can see her...
Naomi Hannah has been blind since birth. Struggling with living in the small, claustrophobic town of Balkerne Heights, Naomi contemplates ending her life. But before she can, Naomi stumbles across the body of a young woman who has been brutally murdered. She senses someone else there at the scene - watching her. Naomi may not be able to see the killer's face, but she is still the only person who can identify hi ...more
My heart was pounding against my chest. My stomach was churning. My hands were shaking. My eyes couldn’t travel fast enough across the words. And when they did and read the last line of the book, I was laughing and crying like a mad woman, slapping my forehead, cursing and not believing that this book could be that amazing.
I don’t understand how the author, Jack Jordan, can write such a story with so much conviction. The book felt so real that ...more
This was an easy to read police procedural book. It had a few twists and turns but it lacked a little something special to make it an unputdownable page turner.
It’s weird because I have read only one other book by the author and my review for that is similar to this - like a book of two half’s.
The first half is a tad slow and ploddy but then the second half could have been written by someone else - a faster pace and improved narrative.