Open Your Eyes by Paula Daly [Book Review]

Book Review

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Title: Open Your Eyes

Author: Paula Daly

Publisher: Grove Press

Publish Date: October 9, 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

Open Your Eyes by Paula Daly


A biracial couple with two young children, the Campbells face as many challenges as any family in Liverpool. But Jane tends to let her husband, Leon—a bestselling thriller writer—fight their battles. Averse to conflict, she prefers to focus on what seems to be going right: her two precious children; her occasionally rocky but still loving marriage; and while her manuscripts keep getting rejected, she enjoys teaching creative writing. But then Leon is brutally attacked in their own driveway, and Jane is forced to face reality.

With Leon in a coma, Jane needs to take matters into her own hands—and open her eyes to the secrets that have been kept from her all this time. Suddenly, she sees her life in a shocking new light. But if she wants to find out who hurt her husband, she will have to pay attention to every unpleasant detail


Jane is married to Leon, a successful crime writer. Jane takes care of their two young children, teaches creative writing, and dreams of being a writer. They seem to have a great life, but that all comes crashing down one day while getting ready to head out. Leon and the kids are in the car and ready to go, but Jane heads back inside for a few minutes. When she returns, she finds Leon brutally attacked.

Told from Jane’s point of view, she first deals with the shock of her husband’s brutal attack, and then tries to piece together who would do such a thing. Following the attack, Leon is in a coma, so he is unable to help the police find who attacked him. The children were preoccupied and didn’t see what happened. Jane is left to wonder who could be behind the attack – an angry neighbor, a disgruntled fan, or something more sinister.

Open Your Eyes looks at the difficulty a family faces when their lives are forever changed by a brutal attack. Life after Leon’s attack is forever changed for not only Leon, but his wife and children. It is an extremely difficult situation, and Jane handles it somewhat better than most people probably would.

Jane does do a little snooping on her own to find the attacker, but she’s not especially organized about it. One of the things I didn’t like was that Jane only questions things after someone else points stuff out to her. She seemed like a smart individual, so I would have preferred her to be more of a self-starter and question things on her own.

Open Your Eyes is an entertaining and addictive read. It does lean a little on the unbelievable side, but not overly so. A fast-paced read for fans of domestic thrillers. Clever, intriguing, and unpredictable. This is my first time reading this author, but I will definitely pick up more by Paula Daly in the future.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Books by Paula Daly:
  1. Just What Kind of Mother Are You?
  2. Keep Your Friends Close
  3. The Mistake I Made
  4. The Trophy Child
  5. Open Your Eyes
  6. Clear My Name

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