While My Eyes Were Closed by Linda Green

2nd January 2017

What the publisher says:

One, two, three . . . Lisa Dale shuts her eyes and counts to one hundred during a game of hide-and-seek. When she opens them, her four-year-old daughter Ella is gone. Disappeared without a trace. The police, the media and Lisa’s family all think they know who snatched Ella. But what if the person who took her isn’t a stranger? What if they are convinced they are doing the right thing? And what if Lisa’s little girl is in danger of disappearing forever?


What I say:

This may seem like the typical thriller with a child going missing from a seemingly normal family.  This isn’t a typical thriller however as right from the start we know who the little girl is with and why.  The jump between the two viewpoints is a surprisingly sympathetic way to write the story and it results in an understanding of the character who would normally be the villain.   This is a situation which is surely every parent’s worst nightmare and Linda Green does a fantastic job of showing us Lisa’s feelings.


As the story unfolds the links between the family and little Ella’s “kidnapper” are uncovered in more depth to both the reader and the characters involved.  To say any more would be to give away too much of the story but this really is a gripping read.


Rating 4 out of 5

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