Eyes Like Mine
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February 2017 Debut of the Month.
A wonderfully intense and dramatic thriller, one that highlights the background, exposes the concealed, yet is action-packed and constantly moving. Nora Watts gave up her child, 15 years later that child is missing, and as the circumstances begin to twist around her, Nora has to revisit her past. Set in British Columbia, in the back streets and under-belly of Vancouver, and the vast icy mountain interior, the surroundings are a dramatic crucial element to the story. Nora is a truly distinctive character, tenacious, difficult, solitary, and she tells her own story, permitting you access to her uppermost thoughts. Sheena Kamal allows explanations to wait, encouraging you to get a feel for Nora by her actions and not her past. At times descriptive detailing surprised me, before connecting deeply within, at others I felt my mind racing to catch up, to understand. ‘Eyes Like Mine’ assails senses, stimulates thoughts and reasoning, and is a powerful, captivating read. ~ Liz Robinson
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
- Phylippa Smithson - 'This is everything you want out of a thriller – fast-paced, (very) gritty, challenging and human. Fantastic read.'
- Natasha Motton - 'Captivating suspense thriller...This is a compelling read which grabs your attention from the offset.'
- Alexandra Harper-Williams - 'I thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced novel and found it very hard to put down...Fantastic novel for cosy winter evenings.'
- Sophia Ufton - 'This was an amazing story and I loved every second of it.'
- Nicola Lowes - 'A good suspense story with an ending that wraps up all the loose ends. I enjoyed it.'
- Nicola Kingswell - 'How far can you run when your past catches up with you? Great narrative, scene setting, dialogue and characters. Would make an excellent adventure movie.'
- Janet Gilliard - 'This is the first Nora Watts novel and I really enjoyed it. A well written page turner.'
- Jillian McFrederick - 'I found this a good read though at times it seemed overly complicated...on the whole an entertaining read.'
- Alison Bisping - 'I really enjoyed this - plenty of twists and turns. In fact, so many, I probably need to re-read it, which is very rare for me. A good psychological thriller that will keep you turning the pages.'
- Sarah Jones - 'Tried too hard to be edgy and gritty but didn't succeed. Too many themes which didn't work.'
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Eyes Like Mine by Sheena Kamal
It's late. The phone rings. The man on the other end says his daughter is missing. Your daughter. The baby you gave away over fifteen years ago. What do you do? Nora Watts isn't sure that she wants to get involved. Troubled, messed up, and with more than enough problems of her own, Nora doesn't want to revisit the past. But then she sees the photograph. A girl, a teenager, with her eyes. How can she turn her back on her? But going in search of her daughter brings Nora into contact with a past that she would rather forget, a past that she has worked hard to put behind her, but which is always there, waiting for her ...
ReviewsSheena Kamal has created a fresh and original character who grips the reader with her grit and courage. We're rooting for Nora Watts from the outset and I can't wait to read more of her story -- Sarah Ward, Crimepieces 'It's a taut book, very bleak writing...I really enjoyed it. It made for a different pace and style to some of the books I have read recently. This is the authors debut novel and I'm looking forward to what she can do in the future.
For the love of Books
'I loved Eyes Like Mine - I'm not sure whether it was Nora who was spot on brilliant as an engaging and divisive main protagonist, or the themes within (as an adopted child myself I related on many levels here) or the really quite brilliant storytelling but overall this one was a huge hit with me...utterly riveting and totally addictive...excellent atmospheric writing vibe that both descriptively and decisively puts you right on the spot...Intelligent, thought provoking and beautifully written, Eyes Like Mine comes highly recommended from me.'
Liz Loves Books
'Kamal has come up with an unusual and engaging character that is uniquely her own. Nora carries a plot which could veer into unbelievably with panache and there's a page-turning thrilling element to the narrative. This could be my book of the year and it's only January.'
Sarah Ward Crime Pieces
'Eyes Like Mine is an excellent psychological suspense novel. I loved it. The plot is intricate, complicated and fast moving, highlighting various issues such as mixed race inheritance and differences in treatment based on skin colour, homelessness, and environmental issues. These never overpower the story, but form part of the book as a whole.I was almost breathless as I read Eyes Like Mine. Books Please 'It's an immersive read that will reach out and grab you from the very first sentence with startling vigour. Sheena Kamal's writing is just brilliant. Her beautiful descriptions drag us into the environment of Vancouver and deposit us firmly beside Nora.'
Ronnie Turner Ad Astra
'This is a dark read full of intrigue and mystery. Set in Canada you can almost feel the cold weather as the writing is extremely descriptive and sets the atmosphere. Fast paced and full of grit this will have the reader hooked straight away.'
'This one actually lingered with me..probably due to its interesting extra dimensions of race, mixed-race heritage, adoption, homelessness, and the lush Canadian setting'
**** Much Ado About Books 'Move over Lisbeth Salander! Wow! Where to start? One of the best books I have read in a long time, 'Eyes Like Mine
will have you reading through the night
...the plot is cleverly-woven and charges along.
'..actually left me feeling rather uplifted and full of hope for the future. As in real life, sometimes not all ends can be tied. A stunning debut!'
My Chestnut Reading Tree
'Eyes Like Mine is such a gripping read, it is difficult to believe that this is a debut, but it really does have the wow factor. Pick this book up and you will never want to put it down, you will be left breathless, you will fall in love with the characters, even though you shouldn't. One hell of a brilliant psychological thriller that will keep you in suspense throughout.'
'engaging..you get pulled into the story and it doesn't let you go.'
A Bookaholic Swede
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Publication date9th February 2017
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CategoriesModern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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