Close Your Eyes

Happiness comes at a price… 

After six years living alone, Joe O’Loughlin is invited to spend the summer with his estranged wife Julianne and their two daughters. Determined to rekindle his marriage, Joe  grabs this lifeline like a drowning man, but soon there are complications.

A mother and her teenage daughter are found murdered in a Somerset farmhouse, one defiled by multiple stab wounds and the other left lying like Sleeping Beauty waiting for her Prince. Reluctantly Joe is drawn into the investigation because another psychologist, a former student calling himself the ‘Mindhunter’ has traded on Joe’s name and jeopardised the police inquiry by leaking details to the media and stirring up public anger.

With no shortage of suspects and tempers beginning to fray, Joe calls on his old friend former detective, Vincent Ruiz, for help and soon they discover links to a series of brutal attacks where the men and women are choked unconscious and the letter ‘A’ is carved into their foreheads.

Nothing is what it seems and Joe will discover that happiness comes at a price

…and not everyone he loves can be saved.

“Prepare for a tissue-chewing finale. Robotham has done it (brilliantly) again.”

Sue Turnbull in the Sydney Morning Herald

“An emotional roller coaster ride of a book, that kept me guessing until the author was ready to reveal its secrets. Highly recommended.”

Writing Times, UK

“Robotham is a master of the psychological thriller, and this novel is a fine example of the genre. As Mr Parkinson plays an ever-increasing part in the story, there’s an added poignancy to the pacy drama which makes Joe all the more human in the process.”

Crime Fiction Lover (UK)

“I seriously put him [Robotham] in the top half dozen crime writers in the world.”

Radio NZ National (Graham Beattie)

“As well as having all the elements of a great thiller, Robotham touches on fatherhood, relationships, grieving and mortality. The main action is woven with O’Loughlin’s personal life and this makes for a dramatic and nail-biting close to the novel. Be warned that once you start this novel, you may not be able to put it down.”

Better Reading, Australia

“CLOSE YOUR EYES is, quite simply, magnificent stuff that will do nothing short of take your breath away.”

Crime Fiction book reviewer Chris High

“A keenly-awaited thriller with a conclusion so shocking it will stun readers.”

Sue Green in

“With many twists and turns, ‘Close Your Eyes’ will keep you guessing until the final pages. Highly recommended.”

Clare Calvert ABC Radio