Verdon is back with his second book, Shut Your Eyes Tight, featuring retired NYPD detective Dave Gurney. But retired may be a misnomer for Dave. He and wife Madeleine moved to the country, settling in on an idyllic piece of property. Madeleine is happy, but Dave is restless. In the first year, Dave was asked to 'consult' on a case. He agreed, but working again took it's toll on both Dave and the marriage.
When old friend Detective Jack Hartwick stops by to 'visit' and just happens to mention a tantalizing case that could use Dave's insight, he finds himself inextricably drawn in....yet again...
A young woman has been murdered at her wedding reception in a truly horrific manner. Held on the grounds of her own home, she went into the gardener's cottage to ask him to attend. Jillian never came out and the gardener can't be found. Gurney takes on the case, drawn deeper into an ugly world that goes much further than 'just' the one murder. And he does so, knowing that his wife will not be happy.
"His acceptance of the case would prove that his obsession with solving murders, even in retirement, was intractable and that their future together would be clouded. His rejection of the case, on the other hand, would signal a changed, the first step in his transformation from a workaholic detective into a bird-watching, kayak-paddling nature enthusiast. But, he argued in his imagination, as though she were present, black-and-white options are unrealistic and lead to lousy decisions, because by definition they exclude so many solutions. In this instance the most tenable course would surely lie in a middle ground between black and white. He would accept the case, but with a strict time limitation - say one week. Two weeks maximum."I loved the enigmatic character of Madeleine in the first book and have come to appreciate her even more in this second novel. She says volumes without uttering a word. Verdon has done a fantastic job with this character. I find this secondary storyline and exploration of their marriage and relationship just as engrossing as the mystery.
And the mystery is good. What sets Dave Gurney apart is his careful, analytical mind. It is intriguing to follow along with his thought processes as he links together seemingly disparate incidents and clues.
"The thing of it is, the whole damn case is like that. Everyone connected with it is either a genius or a lunatic or...a pathological liar or...I don't know what."
Read an excerpt of Shut Your Eyes Tight.
And if you'd like to get a taste as well, I have a copy of Shut Your Eyes Tight to giveaway, courtesy of Crown Publishing. Open to US and Canada, no po boxes. Simply comment to be entered. Ends Sat. Aug 6 at 6 pm EST.
Check out what other bloggers on the TLC tour think of Shut Your Eyes Tight.
It looks like a good story.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com
Sounds interesting and I like that the character doesn't have the be totally lovable to make the book work.
You know a book is good when you are not sure if you like the protagonist, but you can't help but want to read more books with him in them anyway! I am really looking forward to reading this book, as well as the first one!
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I love a good mystery.
Thanks for the giveaway :)
This book sounds really good. I like that it focuses on Gurney's personal life as well. I'm going to put THINK OF A NUMBER on my list too.
Sounds like a great mystery read ~ please enter me
I appreciated your comment that the secondary story line re. the marriage was as intriguing as the mystery. Sounds good. Thanks for the giveaway.
This one sounds quite interesting. Count me in!
Great review! So many have commented on the wife (first book and this book). Sounds like she's a really good character. Thanks so much for being on the tour!
This sounds like a great book! Please enter me in the draw!
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Thanks for the giveaway!
Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds great!!!
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Who can pass up a great mystery.
Count me in for this super giveaway.
cenya2 at hotmail dot com
I like a well-written mystery and the addition of the wife's personality and the "retirement" situation should make this book very interesting.
Thanks for the giveaway. I always love a good mystery.
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Thanks for this great giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com
A mystery which would be fascinating to enjoy. many thanks. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com
I would love to win a copy of this book.
lkish77123 at gmail dot com
Can't get enough of these mysteries! I'd love to win!
I'm glad you enjoyed this one even if the main character isn't one of your favorites. Personally I think I'd identify more with his wife myself.
Thanks for being on the tour.
I would love to read this.
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wow sounds good!!!
Would love to win that book!
I have Think of a Number on my nook waiting to be read. This one sounds good too.
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I love mysteries!
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com
Sounds like a good story. You are giving away some interesting books.
patoct at yahoo dot com
Would love to win this book as we are a big family of readers.
looks like a good book
This looks like a very good story.
Another suspense giveaway. Yay.
I read "Think of a Number" and enjoyed it and recommended it to others. I'm glad to see that John Verdon has another book out already - should be a good read!
I'd enjoy reading this. Thanks for the giveaway.
sounds like great summer reading, thanks
Count me in, please!
dwarzel at hotmail.com
I love to read. Please enter me in your giveaway and thank you for offering it!
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Glad you enjoyed the book. I did as well. I was glad he chose to do a sequel. I liked the first book but I think this second one blew it away. No need to enter me.
Oh, I would love to read this mystery. Sounds great.
cenya2 at hotmail dot com
I would love to read this book, I haven't read the first one, but my coworkers really liked it.
I so would love to win this! I LOVE LOVE LOVE suspense and this one has been on my TBR list since the start of TLC's tour.
Thanks for the chance!
Molly AT reviewsbymolly DOT com
I would LOVE to read this.
ktgonyea at gmail.com
This sounds like an exciting book!
smchester at gmail dot com
Thanks for the review! I'd love to be entered :)
I have this one on my wishlist!
lag110 at mchsi dot com
i'd love to add this to my collection!
Oh it sounds like a great read! I'll have to check out the first one!
There's nothing better than a new mystery and this is a new to me author. I'd love to check it out.
eswright18 at gmail dot com
I love to read this book.
Please enter me in your contest. Thank you
I loved Think of a Number and I can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway!
caryn9802 at yahoo dot com
Looks like a good debut thriller. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
megalon22 at yahoo dot com
I also read his debut novel, Think of a Number, last summer and loved it. I'm so happy to see he's written a second book and hope we see much more from him.
mybeachylife at gmail dot com
I love a good mystery and this one seems to be it.
I sounds like a great mystery. :)
b dot ringer at hotmail dot com
I really enjoy a good mystery!
I really enjoyed "Think of a number", too!
I would love to read this.
I would like to read this work!
Sounds like a great read!
Sounds like a great read.
Sounds like a good book.
This does sound interesting.
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i love books
It sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway. email@example.com
Sounds like a book I would like to read. Always looking for a new author to read.
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. ~Charles W. Eliot
I'd like to read this. Thanks!
i would love to win
susansmoaks at gmail dot com
I really liked this one too. I do enjoy the inside look at Dave & Madeleine's marriage. It's compelling.
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