Don't Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Robin and Sarah weren't the closest of twins. They weren't even that similar. But they loved each other dearly. Until, in the cruellest of domestic twists, they were taken from one another.
Now, in her early 30s, Robin lives alone. Agoraphobic and suffering from panic attacks, she spends her days pacing the rooms of her house. The rest of the time she watches - watches the street, the houses, the neighbours. Until one day, she sees something she shouldn't...
And Sarah? Sarah got what she wanted - the good-looking man, the beautiful baby, the perfect home. But she's just been accused of the most terrible thing of all. She can't be around her new family until she has come to terms with something that happened a long time ago. And to do that, she needs to track down her twin sister.
But Sarah isn't the only person looking for Robin. As their paths intersect, something dangerous is set in motion, leading Robin and Sarah to fight for much more than their relationship...
This was the second Holly Seddon book I have read and I really enjoyed it.
We follow the story of two families who come together, in perhaps not a way you would expect. Robin and Sarah are twins and as a reader you jump back from the past to the present day to understand their lives and how they have become the people they are today. The format is of short chapters alternating between Sarah and Robin, to begin with I was so pleased there were short chapters, I thought this would allow me to dip in and out of the book easily, however this gave me that 'just one more chapter' feeling and I ended up staying up late at night to finish it.
I felt that I was living in the family with the twins and I felt the heartache they felt. I couldn't believe what I was reading at times and had no idea if that was me, how I would feel about it. I also enjoyed the side plot with Callum, their stepbrother.
I didn't guess most of the story, I had worked out what had happened to Sarah while she was in Atlanta before it happened, but I didn't see anything else coming. I think I was more shocked about Callum than I was by the twist at the end. I did feel a little let down at the end because of this, it had built so much memento and I thought something else was going to happen, which personally I think would have been more shocking. Don't get me wrong, it is a good book and if you like psychological thrillers you will enjoy this like me, but I thought it was a little underwhelming.
This book though is a quick read and one that I really enjoyed, I loved all the drama between the families and reading about their different lives. I felt that it was a book I could really get into, which I haven't been able to in a long while.
This is a good read and one you should give a go if thrillers are your thing, I am glad I had the opportunity to read it and I certainly would pick up more Seddon novels. For me the only thing letting it down was the ending, which is why I have given it 4* and not 5.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.