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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,423 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amanda Eyre Ward Narrator: Meera Simhan, Phoebe Zimmermann Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For most of her life, Lauren Mahdian has been certain of two things: that her mother is dead, and that her father is a murderer.

Before the horrific tragedy, Lauren led a sheltered life in a wealthy corner of America, in a town outside Manhattan on the banks of Long Island Sound, a haven of luxurious homes, manicured lawns, and seemingly perfect families. Here Lauren and her older brother, Alex, thought they were safe.

But one morning, six-year-old Lauren and eight-year-old Alex awoke after a night spent in their tree house to discover their mother’s body and their beloved father arrested for the murder.

Years later, Lauren is surrounded by uncertainty. Her one constant is Alex, always her protector, still trying to understand the unraveling of his idyllic childhood. But Lauren feels even more alone when Alex reveals that he’s been in contact over the years with their imprisoned father—and that he believes he and his sister have yet to learn the full story of their mother’s death.

Then Alex disappears. 

As Lauren is forced to peek under the floorboards of her carefully constructed memories, she comes to question the version of her history that she has clung to so fiercely. Lauren’s search for the truth about what happened on that fateful night so many years ago is a riveting tale that will keep readers feverishly turning pages.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mary | 2/16/2014

    " This book read like a high school essay, a bit disjointed in places. Maybe the copy I have isn't the final one to be printed? Needs some major editing in my estimation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Robin | 2/10/2014

    " While I enjoyed her character development and the story itself, I liked her other books better. And, as a child of the 80s, I also noticed many anachronisms in her backstories. Picky, I know, but annoying. All and all a decent read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Heidi | 2/3/2014

    " This book was an excellent interpretation of morality and humanity. It allowed for a reader to see how actions and decisions effect outcomes to situations that we never could have imagined. This genre is not really one that I delve into very often but with that said, I was thoroughly pleased that I read Close Your Eyes. I enjoyed how each character had something that I despised about their personality and something that was understandable and/or lovable too. The character development was a little slow but it was done so subtly that it eased the reader into the role of the character. This story is one that has the ability to depress and inspire all in the turn of a page and is a must read for those who feel like they need a little direction in their own life! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Linda | 1/25/2014

    " Liked her other book, "How to Be Lost" better, but this was still good. I actually give it 3 1/2 stars, as it was a good summer read. "

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