Before Her Eyes by Jack Jordan
She can’t see the killer
But the killer can see her…
Naomi Hannah has been blind since birth. Struggling with living in a small, claustrophobic town, Naomi contemplates ending her life. But then she stumbles across the body of a young woman who has been brutally murdered. She senses someone else there at the scene – watching her. Naomi may not be able to see the killer’s face, but she is still the only person who can identify him.
As the police begin hunting the person responsible and more victims are discovered, Naomi is forced to answer the question on which her fate hangs: why did the killer let her live?
In a town this small, the murderer must be close, perhaps even before her very eyes…
I was immediately drawn to this novel, due to the inclusion of a character with a disability. Naomi Hannah has been blind since birth, she lives an independent life and I actually found her quite admirable and inspiring.
That is until the author began to terrorise her. . .
‘Even in death she was beautiful’
The novel opens with a Psycho feel to the prologue. Psycho as in the movie, not psychotic. It SCREAMS terror and angst and you instantly know this is going to be a rip roaring read!
Naomi is out walking on the cliffs and we hear her internal thoughts as she wills herself to jump from the cliffs. Naomi is struggling with suicidal ideation and I really felt for her emotional pain. She decides tomorrow is the day and walks away! It is a heart-breaking moment and I really hoped she would not succeed with her plans.
As Naomi walks away, she is witness to the brutal murder of journalist Cassie Jennings. Cassie was walking back from her niece’s funeral when she is attacked and has her throat cut. Naomi remains unharmed in the assault and at this point we are unsure why the murderer left a living witness. Did Naomi survive because she was blind?
How can she help the police identify the killer?
The police officers called to the scene DS Marcus Campbell and DI Lisa Elliott are struggling they have no DNA, no evidence and no leads. Lisa is quick to dismiss Naomi as not credible. We learn Naomi spoke two words to the killer. . . ‘Kill me’
The plot thickens when we learn that 20yrs ago, Naomi’s sister Grace’s best friend went missing. Are the current murders linked to the disappearance of Hayley Miller?
When another body is discovered, and a link established between the two victims, the pace really picks up. How did the two victims know each other?
Is this what got them killed?
The town begins to turn on Naomi and question if she really is the victim she portrays herself to be. Then the media ramp up the blame game.
Even I began to wonder is Naomi a victim or a manipulator?
‘I’ve been left in the dark this whole time, and all I can do is hope to survive’
The novel has a fantastic creepy ending and all I can see in my notes are the huge words THOSE LAST 3 WORDS!!!!!!!!!!!
This is the perfect summer beach read, if you’re brave enough. 5*
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