Close Your Eyes
Hardcover: 400 pages
ISBN-13: 978-07515528746 August, 2015
Following the exceptionally brilliant stand alone Life or Death, it could easily be thought that Michael Robothom had reached his peak. Not a bit of it. The return of psychologist Professor Joe O’Loughlin and his “minder” Vincent Ruiz in Close Your Eyes is, quite simply, magnificent stuff that will do nothing short of take your breath away.
A mother and her teenage daughter are found murdered in a remote farmhouse, one defiled by multiple stab wounds and the other left lying like Sleeping Beauty waiting for her Prince. Reluctantly, clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin is drawn into the investigation when a former student, calling himself 'the Mindhunter', jeopardises the police inquiry by leaking details to the media and stirring up public anger. With no shortage of suspects and tempers beginning to fray, Joe discovers links between these murders and another series of brutal attacks. As the case becomes ever more complex, nothing is quite what it seems and soon Joe's fate, and that of those closest to him, become intertwined with a merciless, unpredictable killer.
That Michael Robotham is lauded is one of the finest writers around is understandable. His prose are deliciously developed, leading the reader down a path of darkness that twists and turns so surprisingly we are often left bewildered by the events taking place, but never confused. Added to this are the sympathy, empathy and downright rage the author manages to embed throughout that manages to ensnare the imagination, evoke the predictive senses and so, by the book’s end, leaves us gasping at the shock of what unfolds.
In short, it is the unpredictability of the superb stories Robotham consistently delivers that mark him above so many of his peers and Close Your Eyes is completely unforgettable, incredibly emotional and so downright awesome I urge you to read every single word of it in one sitting.