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From acclaimed novelist and master of psychological thrillers Library Journal Paula Daly Open Your Eyes follows a bestselling crime novelist's tragic turn from fictional perpetrator into real life victimJane Campbell avoids confrontation at any costs Given the choice she'll always let her husband Leon a bestselling crime writer take the lead while she focuses on her two precious young children and her job as a creative writing teacher After she receiv. My reviews can also be seen at StarsJane is frustrated It feels like her writing career is going nowhere She has six unpublished novels and the rejection is starting to get to her Her husband Leon on the other hand is a well published author He tries to reassure her It s not your fault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 workbut 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 the bills Of course Jane is happy for him but it doesn t make the constant rejection any easier to takeBut on Leon s 46th birthday as they are heading to his mother s house for dinner Leon is attacked by an unknown assailant The attack leaves him in a comaJane doesn t understand Who would do this And whyAs Jane tries to deal with the fallout of everything that has happened she wants answers But what she ends up with is uestions One thing that does become clear is that her husband has been keeping secrets She can t pretend everything is fine any Everything is FAR from fineWhat else has Leon been keeping from herWhat will happen ifwhen Leon wakes up from his comaWill Jane finally get the answers she deserves And if so will she be able to handle what she hearsSo many secrets So many liesJane starts to wonder if she knew her husband at allI ve enjoyed uite a few of Paula Daly s previous novels so I was really looking forward to reading this novel After a really intriguing beginning I did find it a bit difficult to get into the story However I m really glad I stuck with it as it definitely picked up again Even though I needed to suspend my disbelief at times I still enjoyed the storyWith an engaging plot and some intriguing characters Open Your Eyes was a uick and interesting read I am looking forward to reading from this authorI d like to thank Bantam Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review

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Open Your Eyes

Es another rejection for her novel Leon urges Jane to put her hobby to rest And why shouldn't she when through Jane's rose tinted glasses they appear to have the perfect house and the perfect lifeBut then Leon is brutally attacked in their driveway while their children wait uietly in the car and suddenly their perfect life becomes the stuff of nightmares Who would commit such a hateful offense in broad daylight With her husband in a coma Jane must ope. 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 it days laterAbout the BookJane Campbell avoids confrontation at any costs Given the choice she ll always let her husband Leon a bestselling crime writer take the lead while she focuses on her two precious young children and her job as a creative writing teacher After she receives another rejection for her novel Leon urges Jane to put her hobby to rest And why shouldn t she when through Jane s rose tinted glasses they appear to have the perfect house and the perfect lifeBut then Leon is brutally attacked in their driveway while their children wait uietly in the car and suddenly their perfect life becomes the stuff of nightmares Who would commit such a hateful offense in broad daylight With her husband in a coma Jane must open her eyes to the problems in her life as well as the secrets that have been kept from her Although she might not like what she sees if she s committed to discovering who hurt her husband and why Jane must take matters into her own handsReflectionWell I completely loved this book Let s start with the main drama of the book Leon s injury In the few minutes that Jane went inside to grab things for their trip Leon is attacked in a horrifying way and it leaves permanent damage Even beyond the coma Jane has to go through the experience of living with someone who had a traumatic brain injury And this injury has completely changed Leon He has memory issues and personality changes that would be so difficult to live with I have a colleague who was married to someone who suffered a traumatic brain injury and it was so awful His personality completely changed and eventually it was no longer safe for her or her children to be around him And the saddest part is it is not his fault So you want to stay and do the right thing Brain injuries can truly change a person s personality They may be angrier suffer from poor decision making Of course I won t say how it plays out in this book You ll have to read and see Often as the swelling reduces many of their new issues will lessen Will Leon be so luckyAnd then we have the mystery itself Aside from the changes to Leon what was he not telling Jane before the accident She s stuck with uestions and no answers As Jane investigates troubling information will come to light and she s left alone unable to talk to Leon about it I loved Jane and her storyline I though Paula Daly handled the realities of this change to Jane s life in such an authentic wayAnd then we have a delightful storyline about writers Not only are Jane and Leon writers but they have friends and other colleagues who enter the plot I was fascinated by the dynamics between Leon a successful writer and Jane a still unpublished writer Each has their own hang ups For Leon how will he know he can deliver book after book And for Jane how will she know when to keep trying to catch her break And then we have the whole cast of writers in between This storyline sang to my writer s soul It is a real treat and I think many readers and writers will relate to the issues presented in the bookAnd then we are back to that ending Loved it It was so perfect I can t wait for readers to get to the closing line and reflect back on the book I m still processing it days laterMany thanks to the team at Grove Press for my copy of this book to review

summary Open Your Eyes

N her eyes to the problems in her life as well as the secrets that have been kept from her Although she might not like what she sees if she's committed to discovering who hurt her husband and why Jane must take matters into her own handsA surprising and gripping thriller of pride ambition and envy Open Your Eyes is an unsettling whodunit about the illusions of a perfect marriage that confirms Paula Daly as a writer at the forefront of domestic suspens. 35Leon is a successful crime author with a devoted following He lives a uiet 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 LeonIt doesn t take much digging to discover there s a great deal about her husband than she could have ever imagined Has she been married to a complete stranger How is she supposed to live with a man who had all these secretsThere were sections of this book that were a bit scattered but overall the story line was entertaining and it flowed easily and uickly While some plot lines were easily deduced there was still enough surprises along the way to keep me guessing And the ending Welllet s just say This was my first book I ve read by Paula Daly but will definitely be looking for of her works in the futureA buddy read with SusanneThank you to NetGalley Grove Press and Paula Daly for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review


10 thoughts on “Open Your Eyes

  1. says:

    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 downBlurb When Jane's husband Leon is brutally at

  2. says:

    375 starsLiterary 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 inj

  3. says:

    My reviews can also be seen at StarsJane is frustrated It feels like her writing career is going nowhere She has s

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    Jane's husband Leon is attacked in their car with the couple's two young children in the backseat Jane finds Le

  6. says:

    “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 common in the UK than brea

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    35Leon is a successful crime author with a devoted following He lives a uiet 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 LeonIt doesn’t take much digging to

  8. says:

    Open Your Eyes was a different dittyin a good way ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ The main character Jane Campbell a creative

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    35 Stars rounded upJane 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

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    We're all in some kind of recoveryPicking 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 notIt's Leon's birthday and the car is packed with little Martha and Jack in the back seat

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