One, two, three . . .
Lisa Dale shuts her eyes and counts to one hundred during a game of hide-and-seek. When she opens them, her four-year-old daughter Ella is gone. Disappeared without a trace. The police, the media and Lisa’s family all think they know who snatched Ella. But what if the person who took her isn’t a stranger? What if they are convinced they are doing the right thing? And what if Lisa’s little girl is in danger of disappearing forever?
While My Eyes Were Closed felt like a very different take on story lines to do with a child going missing.
Lisa, Ella’s mother, surprisingly is quite strong throughout the time her daughter is missing. She has a few break downs but mainly her and her husband handle the whole situation a lot better than I think I ever could. The couple obviously have a very strong relationship and are certainly very united.
I think having her daughter go missing makes Lisa totally re evaluate her whole life. She is a working mum who, even though missed out on special moments in her children’s life, isn’t one to beat herself up over it, that is until Ella goes missing and she realises the significance of all the things in the future she could miss out on as well as what she already has.
Ella I absolutely loved, she is your typical inquisitive child, full of sweetness and innocence. I could quite easily picture her in my head and made me think back to what my children were like at that age.
The story itself flicks between three characters. Even though I worked part of it out before it was presented it to me, it didn’t spoil the story what so ever. It’s hard to go into much more detail without fear of spoiling it for others, so I won’t.
I have to say I really enjoyed this novel and I enjoyed how it all panned out at the end. The very last page that the author has written in the book hit me quite hard. I literally burst into tears as I found it very emotional. It actually left me very melancholy for the rest of the afternoon and have to say it’s not very often that a few paragraphs have ever made such an impact on me.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
While My Eyes Were Closed is available to purchase from Amazon.