Thursday, July 6, 2017

[Book Review] Don't Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon

Book Review of Don't Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon

Don't Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon was one of the books that I couldn't wait to get my hands on of the month of July (if you missed that post, click here!). When I received a copy in the mail from Goodreads, I was beyond thrilled!

I'm so happy to say that this book did not disappoint.

Don't Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon book selfie

Don't Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon

Book synopsis:
Twin sisters Robin and Sarah haven’t spoken in years.

Robin can’t leave her house. A complete shut-in, she spends her days spying on her neighbors, subtly meddling in their lives. But she can’t keep her demons out forever. Someone from her past has returned, and is desperate to get inside.

Sarah can’t go home. Her husband has kicked her out, forcibly denying her access to their toddler. Sarah will do anything to get her daughter back, but she’s unraveling under the mounting pressure of concealing the dark secrets of her past. And her lies are catching up to her.

The novel takes readers back in time to witness the complex family dynamics that formed Robin and Sarah into the emotionally damaged, estranged young women they’ve become. As the gripping and intricate layers of their shared past are slowly peeled away, the shocks and twists will keep readers breathless long after the final page.

My thoughts:
I'm not usually one to enjoy books with unlikable main characters. And I'm especially not one to enjoy books with an element of cheating... But for some reason I just couldn't put this one down.

I will say that first half of this book really dragged... The storyline bounces between the perspectives of the two main characters in both the past and present. Through each flashback, we very slowly learn more about each of them and how their intense childhoods deeply affected them. At times, I found myself getting a little bored with the storyline simply because it was such a slow build.

However, once it picked up in the last quarter of the book, I could not put it down. I stayed up way too late reading just so I could see how everything turned out!

I don't want to give anything away, but I will say that there was one phrase specifically that was stated by a character that made my stomach totally drop. I can't remember the last time a book shocked me that much! So from that point on, I read frantically! I couldn't believe what was happening.

The writing style was very lovely. It was easy to read, even though some of the content itself was rough. Everything flowed very well, especially considering the choppy format. When books jump around between different timelines and perspectives, I tend to get a little lost, but I had no problem with this book.

I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from this author!

My favorite passages (!!SPOILERS!!):
Sniping words had cut through the last little threads that had bound them. And those last little threads, it turned out, had been all that tied Robin to her childhood. She was free, she supposed, but also alone. Entirely alone.

She swung through these loops often. The logical part of her taking charge, then the broken part of her shining a wrecking ball through all that sense.

The more she tried to grasp control any way she could get it, the more slippery her life felt.

She'd thought her family was pretty perfect, once upon a time. Believed that her parents were good and her siblings were forever. But like all good fairy tales, the story was far, far darker than that.

That night, we fell asleep together and when I woke up I wondered if that's how we'd slept when we were in Mum's tummy, but I had to stop thinking about it because my heart felt like glass as it hit the floor.

For one brief moment I'd felt a tiny thread was connecting me to my sister, wriggling its way down the streets and around the parks, tying us together so that I could tug it and find her. But that string's been cut.

My final thoughts:
What a great psychological suspense! I gave this book four stars!

I would very highly recommend it to other readers that don't mind books with unlikable characters and very slow building storylines.


  1. Oh this sounds AMAZING!! And great review! I'm gonna keep an eye out for this one :)

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

    1. Definitely!! It just came out this week! :)

  2. Family dynamics, whether good or bad, is something I enjoy. I especially love sisterly bonds. This books sounds like a fabulous read. Glad you enjoyed it, Erica!

    Lonna @ FLYLēF

    1. If you don't mind a bit of darkness, then you will love this one! :)

  3. I notice with slow paced books, they always get you at the last third of it ;)

  4. This does sound really good! I don't mind unlikeable characters from time to time as long as the author is able to draw me into her world and story. It sounds like Seddon does a good job with this one. Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!

    1. Yes, she certainly does!! I hope you have a great weekend as well!

  5. I love the cover of this book, and you wrote a lovely review! This is just the kind of book I like to read!

    I gave your blog a follow, and I would truly appreciate it if you could check out my book reviews blog located at and possibly give it a follow as well! Looking forward to reading more of your reviews!

    - El

    1. I do too! It's so simple, but so powerful! I hope you enjoy the book when you get the chance to pick it up.

      Thanks so much for sharing your blog link as well! I will check it out right now :) Have a lovely afternoon!

  6. Hi Erica!

    Saw your pic (with this book) on Instagram and couldn't wait to see what you thought of this.

    I love a good psychological thriller, so this is definitely one for me to check out.

    Enjoy your weekend!

    luv Sassy

    1. Hey there! Oh if you pick it up I would love to hear what you think!! I hope you are having a great weekend :)

  7. Aww wow that passage sound soo amazing and crazy! This is the first time I heard about this book and it looks and sounds absolutely and utterly amazing & fantastic! Thank you so much for the awesome post and review Erica.

    1. I'd love to hear what you think if you pick it up! :)