Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Audio Book Review: Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie

Close My EyesClose My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The premise of this book, by Sophie Mckenzie, sounded very interesting. Geniver is the protagonist of this novel. Her child was still born. Nine years later, a woman shows up at her house claiming that her child was actually born alive. Geniver, who has never truly recovered from the loss of her child, goes into a tailspin. Her life had been stuck until that point. She is not really living as she wallows in her grief. But now there is a slimmer of hope. Is this woman telling the truth? Everyone tells her it can't be. But, the possibility consumes her and soon she is in a quest to find the truth. As the quest progresses, she starts to doubt everything in her life, her marriage, her friends, her life and the way she has lived it. Who can she trust? Is her child really alive? Who would do this?

I did not like the audiobook and I couldn't wait until it was over. I kept saying, out loud, "please, just end already". That started around CD 5, I had 6 more to go. This book dragged on and on and on.

The first thing I disliked was the narration by Marisa Calin. The protagonist was already whiny and gave the impression of a weak minded woman, the narrator emphasized this even more. I disliked the main character so much, I started to root for the jerk husband. Geniver was just plainly annoying. The next issue is with the protagonist and well, with all of the characters. There wasn't a single likable character in this book. I didn't even cared about what happened to them. Whether they lived or died...oh well.

The plot, which had a lot of promise, devolved into a series of too coincidental and implausible happenings. Coincidence upon coincidence moved the plot along. I honestly thing, without the fortuitous circumstances, Geniver wouldn't have gotten past the front door. Three quarters into the book I figured it out. And honestly, I was hoping to see a good explanation for such a far-fetched ending. There wasn't a good one. It just became more ludicrous as the book progressed.

I really disliked this book. It promised so much but, all I wanted was the promise of a quick ending.


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