March 13, 2018

Eyes Don't Lie by Crystal Dawn Mason

Eyes Don’t Lie is an exciting thriller by Crystal Dawn Mason.

Unloved and abused as a child, Keith craves for the love he didn’t receive. Desperately hoping to find that love, he pursues curly haired brunettes with blue eyes but if he doesn’t get it, there will be hell to pay.   

Then along comes McKenzie, a grocery store cashier who has the ability to see evil through a person’s eye.

This is a fast paced, suspenseful and exciting thriller that will keep the readers at the edge of their seats. The plot, though not very original, is quite intense. The author is able to create the perfect antagonist: cold, brutal, ruthless, and trying so hard to fight a seemingly losing battle. The interrelationship between various characters is apparently well thought and heightens the suspense. Finally, though I usually go for a different type of ending, I appreciate how the author concludes this book. I find it ingenious and appropriate.

The most important part of the book, for me, is the subtle emphasis on the importance of parental love on children as well as the lasting effects of the lack of love and affection on children's character.  

However, I find the backstories, somehow, insufficient. It seems like there are too many questions left unanswered. Moreover, I find the characters, except for the antagonist, to be underdeveloped which makes it difficult to connect with them. Lenny, for instance, who plays an important role in the story, is not given enough backstories that it was hard to decide whether to like him, dislike him or to pity him. The same goes with Kate and Casey among others. Furthermore, I find McKenzie’s gift somehow downplayed. I was actually expecting more scenes displaying her gift if only to match the ruthlessness and cunning of the antagonist. In addition, I feel that the climax of the story came too soon or probably just sooner than I’m used to. Finally, there are several noticeable errors within the entire book including incorrect use of words and misplaced apostrophes.

Despite my issues, I enjoyed the book immensely. It is suspenseful and intense with an extremely creepy character that will make female readers more wary of people they just meet. It is easy to read and understand and I recommend it to readers who enjoy suspense and thriller novels.

Congratulations to Crystal Dawn Mason (@crystaldawn79_) on such an enjoyable book!    

Eyes Don’t Lie was an Book of the Day on March 10th, 2018. You may check it out at Online Book Club.

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