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Book Review: Shut Your Eyes Tight

Shut Your Eyes Tight (Dave Gurney, #2)Shut Your Eyes Tight

by John Verdon

Note: This review written as part of my Amazon Vine Voice series

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I recently had the pleasure of reading John Verdon’s new mystery thriller “Shut your Eyes Tight”. This is the first work of Mr. Verdon’s I have read, but it will by no means be the last. Mr. Verdon has written a previous bestseller entitled “Think of a Number”, it is now high on my reading list.

Mr. Verdon’s most recent work carries the same characters into a new and most decidedly gruesome adventure. The main character, retired NYPD detective Dave Gurney is contacted to look into and provide much needed direction to a vicious cold blooded murder. A newly-wed bride is found decapitated at her wedding reception. The groom is a well respected psychiatrist whose practice revolves around sexual deviance. The bride was also a victim of sexual abuse and in what is all so typical of victims is they grow up to be abusers themselves. The bride and her husband met at a private school that specializes in the treatment of these children. Dave unravels the puzzle but not without a lot of false starts provided by terrific characters throughout the novel.

This is a well constructed and highly believable page turner with a wild unpredictable ending. I look forward to reading much more of John Verdon.

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman.  She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.comEditorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing TeachersIMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: Shut Your Eyes Tight

  1. Pingback: Book Review: Dark Mind | WordDreams...

    • I got this through my Amazon Vine gig. I took a flier on a new author because I run through my usuals quickly. I read 2-3 books a week and my list of authors only write one a year! Anyway, Verdon is a keeper. I’ll be ordering his other books.

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