Synopsis of Shut Your Eyes Tight
In Shut Your Eyes Tight, Dave Gurney, a few months past the Mellery case that pulled him out of retirement and then nearly killed him, is trying once again to adjust to his country house’s bucolic rhythms when he receives a call about a case so seductively bewildering that the thought of not looking into it seems unimaginable—even if his beloved wife, Madeleine, would rather he do anything but.
The facts of what has occurred are horrible: a blushing bride, newly wed to an eminent psychiatrist and just minutes from hearing her congratulatory toast, is found decapitated, her head apparently severed by a machete.
Though police investigators believe that a Mexican gardener killed the young woman in a fit of jealous fury, the victim’s mother—a chilly high-society beauty—is having none of it.
Reluctantly drawn in, Dave is quickly buffeted by a series of revelations that transform the bizarrely monstrous into the monstrously bizarre.
Underneath it all may exist one of the darkest criminal schemes imaginable.
And as Gurney begins deciphering its grotesque outlines, some of his most cherished assumptions about himself are challenged, causing him to stare into an abyss so deep that it threatens to swallow not just him but Madeleine, too.
Desperate to protect Madeleine and bring an end to the madness, Gurney ultimately discovers that the killer has left a trace after all. Unfortunately, the revelation may come too late to save his own life.
Synopsis of Shut Your Eyes Tight taken from Amazon
Review of Shut Your Eyes Tight
Shut Your Eyes Tight is very good, as much as the previous one, Think of a Number. Original, with a sufficiently convoluted plot but also very well told, so that it’s not too difficult to follow.
The suspense holds up until the end, though I must have a sufficiently convoluted mind as well because I guessed the identity of the killer very soon, while Gurney and Hardwick are watching the videos recorded during the reception where the murder is committed.
Of course, the suspense doesn’t diminish because there’s always the possibility of being wrong and the intrigue of knowing if you’ve got it right and if things happened just as you imagined.
The only catch: the protagonist’s wife is a little tiresome, and not because she talks a lot, but because she communicates through grimaces, noises, looks and what she doesn’t say, she seems to be always criticizing the husband and disapproving of what he does.
He, of course, ends up walking on eggshells trying not to do anything that would bother her and that precisely disturbs the development of the story. Fortunately, they end up fixing it when she reconsiders her position.
Highly recommended and waiting for the third installment.