An impressive novel from Jack Jordan!
She can’t see the killer
But the killer can see her…
Naomi Hannah has been blind since birth. Struggling with living in a small, claustrophobic town, Naomi contemplates ending her life. But then she 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 him.
As the police begin hunting the person responsible and more victims are discovered, Naomi is forced to answer the question on which her fate hangs: why did the killer let her live?
In a town this small, the murderer must be close, perhaps even before her very eyes…
Before Her Eyes is an impressive novel from Jack Jordan, if I were to sum it up in one sentence – attention grabbing prologue, great story, brilliant ending!
This novel is a gripping one, and that’s due to the tension, it doesn’t come and go in waves, but remains throughout the entire novel, and has you really nervous for the welfare of Naomi, who, might I add, is a fantastic character. Jordan did a brilliant job with her character creation, as well as using her blindness to add to the danger of the plot, he also, importantly, displayed Naomi as a believable character and possibly dispelled some myths about blindness, regarding work and living independently, because Naomi did both of those things and more. She’s a character you take to quickly, and I can’t begin to tell you how many times, in the face of danger, I was holding my breath for her survival. This novel has a range of great characters – those you like and those you love to hate. And one incredibly deranged character who had me worried for everyone’s welfare, this character was so unstable, I highly believe they would have jumped out of the pages and attacked me if they could, such was their level of instability!
I also really like how this novel connects the past and present because I’m a fan of when the answers to the present lay in the past, because there’s always someone who won’t give up the search, and someone who is determined to keep the past buried, and you just know that isn’t going to end well. Combined with the small-town setting of this novel, there was some real claustrophobic moments – how quickly a community can turn on one of its own!
This novel does contain descriptions of violence, not the most brutal I’ve read, but enough to make me wince at the level of pain. It was really well-written, in the sense that it wasn’t overboard or dramatic, but necessary and believable within the realm of the plot and it gave you that added determination, that will, to see good conquer evil. There was a great descriptive moment when Naomi found the body, that had me so creeped out on her behalf, and sent chills through me as I pictured what it would be like to be in her position. Also, there were some moments of survival that had me in awe.
It’s fair to say I enjoyed all aspects of this novel, the characters and the clever plot – the tension building, the nerve-wrecking moments, the will to survive all built up to a cracking ending. This novel’s success doesn’t rest on its twist alone, but it was a bloody good one! Before Her Eyes would be perfectly suited to those who enjoy the elements of a police procedural, are also draw to psychological thrillers, and crave the intensity of crime thrillers – basically anyone who enjoys crime fiction!