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REVIEW TIME: Close Your Eyes by Nicci Cloke

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Release Date: 23rd February 2017
Publisher: Hot Key Books
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Southfield High School is oh so normal, with its good teachers, its bad, and its cliques. But despite the cliques, there’s a particular group of friends who have known each other forever and know that they can rely on each other for anything.

There’s the twins: Aisha, rebellious, kind, and just a tiny bit worried about what the hell she’s going to do once this year is over, and Ash, smart, quiet and observant. Then there’s Remy, the loudmouth, and Gemma, who’s more interested in college boys and getting into the crap club in town. And then there’s Elise: the pretty one.

But at the start of Year 11, when the group befriend the new boy, Elijah, things start to change. The group find themselves not as close as they used to be.

Until one Tuesday, when the students are trapped inside the school building. And one of them has a gun.

Close Your Eyes is the story of a school shooting which, through interviews, messages and questionable actions, asks: Who is truly responsible?


Here was my initial review on Goodreads:

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In this book, there is a host of characters which can be a little too much info at first and I struggled to remember all the different characters and their personalities. I won’t go through every character but I will say there are the stereotypical high school personalities in there. You have the popular girl, the nerdy boy, the sidekick who follows the most popular girl, the ’emo’, the jock/party boy.

You soon get used to the group and can pin down who is who and their personalities and connections to one another. You also get used to the unusual format very quickly, and I actually found this aspect of the book, intriguing and so gripping. It is made up of interviews, messages and of course, the first page is the 999 call reporting the school shooting. Woah, what a way to grab you.From that first page, I was in

From that first page, I was in pure detective mode trying to work out ‘who dunnit?’. I yo-yoed from one idea to another and just when you’re sure about your conclusion, it’s like oh shit it is….

But you’re gonna have to read it yourself to find out because it is really good and I would highly recommend it! Those gripping moments when you find out who it is are shocking and leave you reeling. You live through the actual shootings and can feel not only the fear but anger and worry and pure thrill…even though that sounds evil.

Definitely, read this book, you will add it to your favourite standalones fo sho.

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This book will have you pinning every character down as the culprit until the end.



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