Published January 11th 2018 by Bantam Press
Jane is frustrated. It feels like her writing career is going nowhere. She has six unpublished novels and the rejection is starting to get to her. Her husband, Leon, on the other hand, is a well-published author. He tries to reassure her, “It’s not your fault they don’t want your work…but I don’t get why it has to hit you so hard every time”. But he doesn’t get it. He’s a successful PUBLISHED author. His work pays the bills. Of course, Jane is happy for him but it doesn’t make the constant rejection any easier to take.
But on Leon’s 46th birthday as they are heading to his mother’s house for dinner, Leon is attacked by an unknown assailant. The attack leaves him in a coma.
Jane doesn’t understand. Who would do this? And why?
As Jane tries to deal with the fallout of everything that has happened she wants answers. But what she ends up with is more questions. One thing that does become clear is that her husband has been keeping secrets. She can’t pretend everything is fine anymore. Everything is FAR from fine.
What else has Leon been keeping from her?
What will happen if/when Leon wakes up from his coma?
Will Jane finally get the answers she deserves? And if so, will she be able to handle what she hears?
So many secrets. So many lies.
Jane starts to wonder if she knew her husband at all.
I’ve enjoyed quite a few of Paula Daly’s previous novels so I was really looking forward to reading this novel. After a really intriguing beginning, I did find it a bit difficult to get into the story. However, I’m really glad I stuck with it as it definitely picked up again. Even though I needed to suspend my disbelief at times, I still enjoyed the story.
With an engaging plot and some intriguing characters, “Open Your Eyes” was a quick and interesting read. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
I’d like to thank Bantam Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.