If you’ve been reading these reviews for a while you’ll already know that I’m a huge Sarah Alderson fan. I’ve been reading her books since her publisher handed me an ARC of her debut YA book Hunting Lila at a Twilight convention! When I got sent In Her Eyes as a pre-release review copy I just couldn’t restrain myself and had to read it as soon as possible.
Now a lot has changed over the years with Sarah having lived on three different continents and is currently working as a Hollywood scriptwriter. So it’s no surprise that new thriller In Her Eyes is set in California.
Ava and Robert lead a comfortable life. Robert’s success in developing apps has seen them upgrade to a very nice house outside of town. They have two daughters, Hannah is at college and June is a cancer surviving teenager. Gene is Robert’s son from his first marriage and he just smokes dope and lives in the flat over the garage. Leeching off his father and unable to make any life for himself. There are tensions between him and Hannah.
A violent break in at the house changes everything. Robert is badly beaten, Ava is terrorised and assaulted with the barrel of a gun but daughter June is shot. She’s in a coma and the prognosis is not good. As Nate the local sheriff begins his investigations it appears that everyone has been lying and that nothing is as it appears. Robert is arrested for insurance fraud and Ava realises that her entire world is a sham.
To say that this is a book of twists and turns is an understatement. With every chapter I suspected somebody different and was completely blown away by the ending. Alderson always writes such strong female characters that are vibrant and vivid. I trailed along behind Ava in her search for the truth, for justice. Certainly one of the best thrillers of 2019.
Supplied by Net Galley and Hodder & Stoughton in exchange for an honest review.
UK Publication date: Nov 14 2019. 320 pages.