It's been eight years since Gen Loxley lost her daughter, Beth: eight years of grief in which nothing's really moved forward, for all that her husband, Art, wills it to. Gen, once a writer of novels, has settled in to a life of half-hearted teaching, while Art makes his name and their fortune - and pressures her into trying IVF once again. For Gen, it seems a cruel act of replacement; life without Beth is unthinkable, unbearable - but still it goes on.
And then a woman arrives on Gen's doorstep, saying the very thing she longs to hear: that her daughter was not stillborn, but was spirited away as a healthy child, and is out there, waiting to be found...
So why is Art reluctant to get involved? To save his wife from further hurt? Or something much more sinister? What is the truth about Beth Loxley?
©2013 Sophie McKenzie (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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1 out of 5 stars
By Amelia on 08-08-13

Really?? Far fetched and then some!

The narration I found ok and the book started off well but while its ok in part it is so far fetched to be unbelievable. I could say so much and give so many examples but suffice to say it would reveal some of the plot and I do not wish to do that.
I work in the Obstetric field so reading this in so many places makes me cringe with disbelief. However if you wish a light summer read where you abandon all that could possibly happen and substitute it with all that could not then this story will work. I think Ms McKenzie should listen to her characters who said several times that this whole thing was too far fetched. They were so right.
I am going to ring Audible to give this one back.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Melissa on 12-07-13

far fetched

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

a better story

Has Close My Eyes put you off other books in this genre?


Have you listened to any of Candida Gubbins’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes and she is always excellent

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Close My Eyes?

I would cut parts of most scenes. The scenes are dragged out and this doesn't add to the suspense, it's just irritating.

Any additional comments?

The story is far fetched and doesn't suspend reality.

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