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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 My reviews can also be seen at StarsJane is frustrated It feels like her writing career is going nowhere She has six unpublished novels and the rejection is starting to get to her Her husband Leon on the other hand is a well published author He tries to reassure her It s not your fault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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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. 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 her husband s success but it s a difficult task One afternoon while getting ready to leave for his mother s house Leon gets into an argument with their neighbor over their outside cat Bonita of all things To think someone doesn t like cats Jane steps away not wanting to get involved Next thing she knows Leon is in the hospital having surgery and is put into a medically induced coma When he awakens he doesn t recognize Jane and is convinced he s married to his first wife Gina He even accuses Jane of causing his injuryWhile waiting for her husband to recover Jane starts investigating on her own fearful that any day she ll get arrested Her investigation leads to secrets lots and lots of them and the she uncovers the danger she s in Open Your Eyes by Paula Daly is a fun and intriguing domestic thriller I found it to be somewhat campy yet wholly entertaining While there were a few parts of the story that I felt were a bit superfluous all in all it was an easy enjoyable read This was a buddy read with KaceeyThank you to NetGalley Grove Atlantic and Paula Daly for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest reviewPublished on NetGalley and Goodreads on 9718

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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. 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 breast cancer Both of these things are true And both are true for Leon Campbell Jane and Leon Campbell live in Liverpool with their two young children Since coming out of an induced coma from his traumatic brain injury Leon began acting out his increased sexual compulsive inappropriate behavior Leon s public hobby of masturbation at the hospital was bad enough but it certainly wasn t going to fly at home around the kids Jane was seriously worried to have Leon return home justified concerns When Jane asked Dr Letts how do families cope with a brain injured spouseparent The doctor replied I m not sure everyone does cope YIKES Nothing about Leon was the same as before he was attacked TWO NAILS TO HIS HEAD WITHIN MINUTES by who knows who THAT S WHAT READERS ARE GOING TO FIND OUT AND MORE SOMEbut it s not only WHO DID THIS TO HIMpolice were doing their investigation but how to survive and manage daily lifeJane was petrified Leon had no memory of the weeks preceding his attack other than he felt certain it wasn t Jane but Inspector Ledecky hadn t ruled her outLeon had no job they were in debt Leon showed signs of erratic violence without warning by screaming and yelling profanity and Jane has discovered lies and secrets Leon was keeping Jane had just taken a teaching job needed the money and couldn t possibly leave Leon alone to watch the children HE NEEDED WATCHING Leon was a published author Jane wrote too Their close friends were writersButTheir neighbors were not their friends nor writers And Jane felt certain her neighbors or their odd son who visited often was watching their houseWith all the worry stress going on inside the Campbell household neighborhood issues for Janeas caretaker mother Financial provider she was threatened physically and verbally by a prison inmate where she was assigned to teach and guide with creative writing We begin to see that the size of this puzzle book is bigger and complicated than our eyes first saw at the beginning of this novel As readers our eyes open wider the closer we get to the end of the book The ferocious suspense in the dog eat dog world of writers hungry to be published is as hard as nails literally and figurativelyAwesome great book When s Paula s next book This is fiction thriller suspensesmart normal ish classy suspense psychological thriller without being bloody trashy nonsense Many thanks to PAULA DALY I m SUCH A FAN Thank you GROVE ATLANTA I m a fan of you guys tooThank You Netgalley it s been awhile Taking a mostly sabbatical this year has been good for me But I always appreciate having the door open for return visits


About the Author: Paula Daly

Paula Daly is the acclaimed author of six novels Her work has been sold in sixteen countries shortlisted for CWA Gold Dagger award and developed for the ITV drama DEEP WATER starring Anna Friel She was born in Lancashire and lives in the Lake District with her family



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

  3. says:

    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

  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 spoil some things about the story so I won’t post it here But if you’ve read Open Your

  5. says:

    Jane's husband Leon is attacked in their car with the couple's two young children in the backseat Jane finds Leon unconscious and unresponsive in the driver’s seat While Leon is in a coma Jane learns that her husband had secrets and kept many things from her This book is a psychological thriller which asks the uestion how well do we know those in our lives? How well do we know our spouses? Our friends? Our neighbors?

  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 breast cancer? Both of these things are true And both are true for Leon Campbell Jane and Leon Campbell live in Liv

  7. says:

    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 ma

  8. says:

    Open Your Eyes was a different dittyin a good way ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ The main character Jane Campbell a creative writing teacher does not like confrontation I can relate to that She is married to a top crime writer

  9. says:

    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 her husband’s success but it’s a difficult task One afternoon while getting ready to leave for his mother’s house Leon gets into an argument with their neighbor over their

  10. says:

    We're all in some kind of recoveryPicking up the shattered pieces after the boot heel of life grinds us down in

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