Open Your Eyes by Paula Daly – Blog Tour Review.

Open Your Eyes Cover

About the Book

Haven’t we all wanted to pretend everything is fine?

Jane doesn’t like confrontation. Given the choice, she’d prefer to focus on what’s going well, the good things in life.

But when her husband, Leon, is brutally attacked in the driveway of their home, in front of their two young children, Jane has to face reality. As he lies in a coma, Jane must open her eyes to the problems in her life, and the secrets that have been kept from her, if she’s to find out who hurt her husband – and why.

Maybe it’s time to face up to it all. Who knows what you might find . . .

My Review

With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. Paula Daly is one of my favourite authors so I jumped at the chance to read her new book.
Jane is happily married to Leon, they have two young children and a good life. Leon is a successful author, something which Jane has always dreamed of but she has never been published. Their life changes when Leon is found badly injured on their driveway, moments after Jane left him to go back in their house.
Initially the novel focuses in Leon’s recovery and how different everybody behaves around him. His fascinating mother and sister seem to refuse to see a big change but Jane sees the more threatening side to him. Some of these scenes were intimidating, more so because it was so easy to see what could happen if she couldn’t calm him down. The only person he could interact with easily was their nephew.
Alongside the storyline of a family trying to rebuild their lives was the image of life inside the publishing industry. It shows success stories but also the envy and the pressure to write the next novel. Much of what is mentioned will be familiar to authors, publishers and keen readers who follow the book related news. One aspect of this was discussed in great detail after a book event a few years ago.
All of the novel takes place in Liverpool, a favourite city and there were a few scenes and observations on the characters that made me smile. They were welcome, much of the novel is unsettling with its loneliness, intimidation from Leon, the neighbours from Hell and at times an almost claustrophobic feeling.
It has been a few years since I read a novel by Paula and I’m looking forward to the next one. Just brilliant.

Open Your Eyes Blog Tour Poster

The Mistake I Made

imageI read this third offering from Paula Daly as part of a buddy read.
Like her previous two novels it is set in the stunning Lake District and also like them, it was impossible to put down.
Roz is a physiotherapist who is very financially strapped. She comes to ‘an agreement’ with a local wealthy businessman in the hope that her situation can improve immediately but it doesn’t work out that way. You really had to feel for her, her ex husband was a waste of space, her son was in trouble at school and her boss was a lot closer than she liked. And things were only going to get worse.
I thought Roz was a brilliant character. Very believable, in fact all the characters were. Everybody must know somebody like Celia. The same police officer who featured in previous books also features here but very much in the back seat. All the focus is on Roz and the predicament that she ends up in.
I laughed, cringed and had a tear in my eye at times with this book and cannot recommend highly enough.
Thanks to the publisher for the copy via netgalley.