Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Book Review - Open Your Eyes by Paula Daly - Blog Tour

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Title: Open Your Eyes
Author: Paula Daly
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Transworld
Publication Date: Transworld Digital
Rating: 5 Stars

Haven’t we all wanted to pretend everything is fine?

Jane doesn’t like confrontation. Given the choice, she'd prefer to focus on what’s going well, the good things in life.

But when her husband, Leon, is brutally attacked in the driveway of their home, in front of their two young children, Jane has to face reality. As he lies in a coma, Jane must open her eyes to the problems in her life, and the secrets that have been kept from her, if she’s to find out who hurt her husband – and why.

Maybe it’s time to face up to it all. Who knows what you might find . . .

I didn't quite see that coming, after being transported on a fabulous journey, where I really wasn't sure who had injured Leon, or what the motivation was, the ending made a lot of sense and was rather quite satisfying. 

As a result of a brutal attack Leon's life hangs in the balance and it soon becomes apparent that Jane knows very little about her husband, or about things like her own finances as he looked after them. So when he is incapacitated she suddenly realises she needs to take control. 

I found Jane to be a rather likeable character, who was certainly believable, who is forced into an unthinkable situation.  She is an aspiring author and her husband is a published author, and one of the themes running through the book is one that all authors will relate to. 

That being said at some point it seemed like there was a degree of snobbery about any self published authors which did get my back up as I have read plenty of self published books that are incredibly enjoyable, yet when I had those thoughts it was clear that either the character or author isn't keen on it. 

There are all sorts of references to problems that authors have, or could have and it all seemed to ring true to what I know about the book industry. 

At times this is a book that pulls on your heartstrings, and then there was an incident that made me regret reading that part of the book in bed, as I knew I needed to sleep but my heart was racing and the book was just getting more addictive but it was 3am!! 

Whenever I wasn't reading this my mind was on the story, and I suspect it will infiltrate a few more nights sleep too. It was addictive, and I really felt for both Jane and Leon.  It was clear a lot of research had been done into portraying Leon realistically after the attack. 

A thoroughly enjoyable story which has reminded me how much I love Paula Daly's books. I really should purchase the couple I haven't read yet. 

Thank you to Transworld and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Please do check out the rest of the fabulous bloggers on this blog tour. 

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