It begins with a phone call. Fifteen years ago Nora Watts gave her newborn daughter up for adoption. Now Bonnie has vanished and when the police don’t seem to care, her desperate parents turn to Nora as a last resort.
Nora knows only too well what happens to missing girls, especially when they aren’t blonde or white enough. Despite herself, she sets out to find the daughter she’s never known protected only by her instincts and a freakish ability to detect truth from lies.
As she plunges into her own dark past, Nora uncovers a violent conspiracy on a grand scale that will take her from the rain-soaked streets of Vancouver, to the icy mountains of the Canadian wilderness, and ultimately to a remote island where she will face her most terrifying demon. All to save a girl she wishes had never been born.
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I had seen Eyes Like Mine on twitter so I was thrilled to be able to get my hands on a copy as it sounded like something I would love! Lots of people had been raving about it, and as I’m working my way through the review TBR I figured I’d bump it up.
Eyes Like Mine starts out well. The premise really makes it sound intriguing and it does have a solid beginning. We meet Nora, living in the basement beneath an office that she does PI work for, when she receives an unexpected phonecall.
Now obviously Nora has had some issues in her past, and the majority of these are addressed throughout the book. Upon learning that the daughter she gave up for adoption 15 years ago is missing, Nora goes on a one woman crusade to try and find this child that she doesn’t know on the request of Bonnie’s adoptive parents.
It seemed to me that Nora was on a path to self-destruction in Eyes Like Mine. Flawed male investigative main characters are ten a penny, so Nora is a renegade in that sense, but I never really warmed to her if I’m honest. Something about her seemed cold and inaccessible, and I like to be able to empathise with main characters (good and bad) but I had problems with this one.
Eyes Like Mine is a good example of the crime-y psych thrillers that are really popular in the last year or so, and I can see its appeal, I can. I just found myself left wanting with it. It’s really hard to explain because there were aspects of this book that I enjoyed and then others jarred.
I found that when the plot unfolded a bit, and the reader learned more about Nora and why she is how she is, it definitely picked up. For the last third of the book I was definitely eager to see how everything played out. I think if you enjoy psych thrillers with an unlikeable main character then you’ll enjoy this one.