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Friday, February 21, 2014

Alice Close Your Eyes by Averil Dean



Release Date - January 2014

Averil Dean
Harlequin/Mira

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

I expected to love Alice Close Your Eyes. In the end, it was a case of being oddly fascinated, yet deeply disturbed at the same time. While I found myself not liking any of the characters, I also couldn't stop reading it. So, my hat is off to Averil Dean for writing a story that kept me glued to the pages, even if there were times I just didn't want to go on.

The story begins with Alice. She's broken into a home and is about to leave with a small wooden box filled with the homeowner's treasured items. Before she can make her escape, he comes home and finds her hiding in the closet. Instead of calling the police, Jack Calabrese turns the tables on her and the pair become lovers.

As their relationship heats up, their sexual encounters become steamier, more daring, and often turn towards sadomasochism. Alice wants something from Jack, something quiet dark, but is Jack who she really thinks he is?

As you read Alice Close Your Eyes, secrets are revealed slowly. With each chapter, you learn a little more about Jack and Alice, so I don't want to tell too much more about the plot. The more I read, the more I learned, and the more disturbing I found the story. I admit, I did reach one snippet where Jack compared a raw oyster to that of eating a certain part of a mermaid's anatomy, and while that created a very visual image, I also found myself slightly disgusted and wanted to quit, yet I couldn't quite talk myself into stopping.

That's what I found weird. I questioned why I was reading this book so many times, yet I couldn't stop. I won't say this book would ever make my keeper shelf, because frankly I did find it disturbing and a little too erotic for my taste, but it certainly did hook me from the very first line.

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