Saturday 7 May 2022

BLOG TOUR: When I Close My Eyes - Jemma Wayne

For so many years it haunted. And in the end, all it took was a decision. One decision.

When an old friend reappears in her life, Hollywood screenwriter Lilith is forced to confront childhood demons that threaten to destroy the world she has created to keep herself – and others – safe.

Can she trust anyone?

Can she even trust herself?

What did I think?

When I Close My Eyes starts out as a bit of a slow burn but it heats up significantly in the final third and I couldn't read it fast enough.  It's beautifully written with some chapters being incredibly poetic in their length and carefully chosen wording.

It took me a little while to get into the book as Lilith is the type of person who keeps everyone at arms length so she is very difficult to get to know.  Once I got to know her, I really felt for her as she is haunted by her past and even her name.  Sensitively touching on the subjects of OCD and sleepwalking, I began to empathise with Lilith and even started to understand a little more about this debilitating condition.

While I was reading I kept wondering where the story was going to go but I could never have imagined the twists and turns it would take.  Jemma Wayne certainly has a few surprises in store for her readers in this hugely entertaining novel.

When I Close My Eyes is a beautifully written contemporary novel; it's sensitive, lyrical and surprising.  An absolute delight to read.

I received an ARC to read and review for the blog tour and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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