Published 6th July 2017. Click to buy Don’t Close Your Eyes.
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…
South of England, late 1980s. We meet twins Robin and Sarah, two nine year old girls. Sarah is blonde, well behaved and eager to please nothing like dark haired scrappy, angry Robin.
Total chalk and cheese, neither have any idea that their whole world is about to be turned upside down by the arrival of a new boy in their class.
Fast forward 20 years and Robin suffers from agoraphobia, living in Manchester while Sarah has been kicked out of her perfect life, leaving her husband who has taken their young daughter. What happens in between in told is turns by Sarah, and in the third person for Robin. The pace is fast and the story moves along quickly, due to short, snappy chapters. The author’s love of books and music is evident and I love the subtle references to the 90s that took me back to my childhood, making the story even more real.
There are some brilliant twists in this story and you get an interesting sense of what the twins saw at the time in comparison to them looking back as adults and how skewed each person’s ‘truth’ can be.
The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the title; it sounds like the sort of book you would pick up at the last minute at the airport, but the story is so much more than that.
A real page turner and with a great ending that I didn’t see coming. A highly recommended read and I can’t wait to read Holly Seddon’s first novel.
About the Author
Holly Seddon is a full-time writer, living in the middle of Amsterdam with her husband James and a house full of children and pets. Holly has written for newspapers, websites and magazines since her early 20s after growing up in the English countryside, obsessed with music and books. Her first novel Try Not to Breathe was published worldwide in 2016 and became both a national and international bestseller. Don’t Close Your Eyes is her second novel.