Posted in Advanced Review, Rated D, Romance, Thriller

Alice Close Your Eyes

Alice Close Your Eyes


I am a warrior. Or a child, misbehaving.

Author: Averil Dean

Genre: Romance, Thriller

Rating: D


With haunting prose and deft psychological insight, Averil Dean spins a chilling story that explores the dark corners of obsession—love, pain and revenge.

Ten years ago, someone ruined Alice Croft’s life. Now, she has a chance to right that wrong—and she thinks she’s found the perfect man to carry out her plan.

After watching him for weeks, she breaks into Jack Calabrese’s house to collect the evidence that will confirm her hopes. When Jack comes home unexpectedly, Alice hides in the closet, fearing for her life. But upon finding her, Jack is strangely calm, solicitous…and intrigued.

That night is the start of a dark and intense attraction, and soon Alice finds herself drawn into a labyrinth of terrifying surrender to a man who is more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. As their relationship spirals toward a breaking point, Alice starts to see just how deep Jack’s secrets run—and how deadly they could be.

Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion: Alice was playing a very dangerous game. If you want someone to kill for you, you have to realize that they could turn on you. For some reason, she didn’t really seem to get this until the very end.

Alice was a very suspect narrator in this story. As the tale progress, I kept trying to understand what had happened to her. What I imagined couldn’t have been any further than the truth. The sad thing is that Alice was so wrong about so many things about her life. I kind of felt sorry for her.

So why the low rating? D stands for “Didn’t hate it, but didn’t like it either.” Their relationship went beyond dysfunctional. It really crossed the line into abuse. That didn’t set well with me.


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