Don’t Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon


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Twin sisters Robin and Sarah haven’t spoken in years.

Robin can’t leave her house. A complete shut-in, she spends her days spying on her neighbors, subtly meddling in their lives. But she can’t keep her demons out forever. Someone from her past has returned, and is desperate to get inside.

Sarah can’t go home. Her husband has kicked her out, forcibly denying her access to their toddler. Sarah will do anything to get her daughter back, but she’s unraveling under the mounting pressure of concealing the dark secrets of her past. And her lies are catching up to her.

The novel takes readers back in time to witness the complex family dynamics that formed Robin and Sarah into the emotionally damaged, estranged young women they’ve become. As the gripping and intricate layers of their shared past are slowly peeled away, the shocks and twists will keep readers breathless long after the final page.


Here’s the thing about his book: it was a slow, slow burn for the first 90%, then the last 10% slapped me in the face and had me questioning everything I thought was true. I did NOT see that twist coming!

While this book read like a coming of age story, I felt it was lacking in the suspense that I crave with my psychological thrillers. It felt slow and drawn out in parts, but it all came together like a bulldozer in the end.

There are many serious topics addressed here, this story is chock full of drama, all of which is handled very well by the author.

I can’t wait to get my hands on Holly Seddon’s previous book after finishing this one. Well done!

Thank you to the author, the publisher and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4/5 stars.


  1. Christine · May 11

    Nice review, Melisa! I read her first book and liked it a lot. I hope you can make time for it!


    • thebookcollective · May 12

      Thanks, Christine! I’m going to have to make time to squeeze it in, sounds like a good one!


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