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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: Vis, rebellious, kind, and just a tiny bit worried about what the hell she’s going to do once this year is over, and Aisha, 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?
Firstly, the suspense, oh my gosh!! This book is great. Although it was slightly slow paced at the beginning, it soon picked up pace with flashbackes to the past, interviews in the ‘now’ and the main event. The whole time, what happened is pieced together like a puzzle but it wasn’t till the end you realise you were doing the puzzle wrong the entire time.
All main characters were brilliantly formed and I love that through different character interviews we can see them in different lights, though I was very annoyed at the presumptuous interviewer many times. Aisha was my favourite character and I loved the way she brilliantly told events so we could see the relationships between the characters. I also forgot how bitchy year 11 could be, despite it not being long ago since I was in year 11 myself.
This fantastically written book showed an insight into how things can turmoil and build up to such a tragic event. It is a stand out story and an absolute twister of a thriller. If you can manage to get through the slightly slow start you are in for a treat.
It may be called Close your eyes, but I never once wanted to. They were wide at the anticipation of finding out what really happened. Amazing!
I’d recommend this book, and if you want to read it you can buy a copy here.