Review of Looking Through Blind Eyes, by Reyna Hawk
Published May 17th 2012 by Outskirts Press
All Janie and Daniel wanted was a better life and growing up in small town Louisiana did not give them that opportunity. So the sister and brother headed to Los Angeles, California to make the most of their lives. However, their hopes begin to diminish when Daniel's work in organized crime lead them down dangerous and deadly roads. After Daniel's mysterious disappearance and death, Janie plunges headlong into grief and love for the assistant to the "boss." The couple seems to have everything going for them except for Rico's job that takes him away for days on end sometimes. Janie's suspicions and worries over Rico's possible infidelity reveals information she never imagined would come to light. Her undying love for this man leads to secrets, lies, and murder. Soon Janie finds herself on the wrong side of the gun hanging off a cliff deep in the woods of North Carolina.
Double Review Feature
.... and we don't agree......
Lily: Meh..... Just meh.....
Erin: Haha. I really liked it.
Lily: My first piece of advice for this book.
The misuse of 'seen' was everywhere... Bugged the crap out of me.
Erin:LOL I didn't even notice it to be honest, I was too wrapped up in the story. Thought the beginning was pretty slow with the character building, but it picked up really quickly.
Lily: It didn't bother you at all that the story was told from beginning to end, as opposed to SHOWN?? The only action was when they were talking to each other.
Erin:Usually it would, but once again... I was too wrapped up in the story to notice much of it.
One thing that drove me nuts was the amount of times they had to tell each other they loved one another.... it seemed as if they were saying 'I love you' every paragraph...
Lily: YES!! Agreed. Barf. I'd rather see pictures of kittens trying to eat their mom's face off.
I always have a hard time getting emotionally attached to a story or any character when it's being told. I found myself skimming through the last quarter of the novel just to get to the end, and move on. I found it pretty predictable too....
Obviously you have a VERY different opinion. The story was not bad, but I just wasn't emotionally invested like you said you were.
Erin: And emotionally invested I was! I actually found myself tearing up at times.
See, I wasn't able to predict the ending at all. I was able to predict that something strange happened to Daniel, but what actually did happen completely caught me off guard! I thought there were enough twists in the plot to keep things moving along well.
It's amazing that two people who are as close as we are can have such different viewpoints on a book.... I thought you would have really liked it!
Reyna is a 44-year-old mother of one son and grandmother to one beautiful 3-year-old little girl. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio Reyna has always loved writing and story telling. From a very young age she was making up stories to tell her friends.