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DEAD EYED
By Matt Brolly

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Detective Fiction
Release Date: September 3, 2015
Publisher: Carina UK
Pages: 315
ASIN: 1474045030
Rating: 4/5

“In oculis animus habitat. The soul dwells in the eyes.”

This book started out slow and took its own time to pick up the pace. Initially, I had to struggle a bit to get into the book, but once I was 15% through, I was in for good. The pace picked up and the book went from slightly interesting to quite interesting and then I was on the edge of my seat biting my nails.

The story felt a little too long but considering that it is the first book in a detective series, I'm okay with it because in the first part of any crime series, establishing the basics and the background is really important.

I liked Detective Lambert a lot. He's one hell of a stud detective. One that I would love to read about. He is everything a detective should be - smart, intelligent, sharp and daring. And this is all to say that the author truly nailed the characterization. Even the other characters, esp. Sarah May, were quite good and totally relatable.

The writing is great and the shifting POVs keep the book interesting and intriguing. The descriptions were so good that I squirmed every time another victim turned up with their eyes either cut out or stitched shut with black thread... And, trust me, it is one of the best things about this book.

The only thing that I find a little off is that the motive of the killer wasn't made clear. I mean after reading a seemingly lengthy book, there's nothing that I wanted more than to know details of the killer's motives or, at least, the driving force behind them.

Still, I enjoyed the book. And for a debut novel, this book is really amazing.

I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

Heena Rathore

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