Those Empty Eyes, Charlie Donlea

A black cover, there is hair dangling over the cover that looks like it's passed through an x-ray. The title is in orange over it.

About the Book

Alex Armstrong has changed everything about herself—her name, her appearance, her backstory. She’s no longer the terrified teenager a rapt audience saw on television, emerging in handcuffs from the quiet suburban home the night her family was massacred. That girl, Alexandra Quinlan, was accused of the killings, fought to clear her name, and later took the stand during her highly publicized defamation lawsuit that captured the attention of the nation.

It’s been ten years since, and Alex hasn’t stopped searching for answers about the night her family was killed, even as she continues to hide her real identity from true crime fanatics and grasping reporters still desperate to locate her. As a legal investigator, she works tirelessly to secure justice for others, too. People like Matthew Claymore, who’s under suspicion in the disappearance of his girlfriend, a student journalist named Laura McAllister.

Laura was about to break a major story about rape and cover-ups on her college campus. Alex believes Matthew is innocent, and unearths stunning revelations about the university’s faculty, fraternity members, and powerful parents willing to do anything to protect their children.

Most shocking of all—as Alex digs into Laura’s disappearance, she realizes there are unexpected connections to the murder of her own family. For as different as the crimes may seem, they each hinge on one sinister truth: no one is quite who they seem to be . . .

Book Links
(releasing May 4th)
(It was originally March 28th, and I didn’t realize the change til I did this post, so the review is super early)


My Thoughts

Uhm, excuse me, Mr. Donlea, but… mind blown. How do I review this book?

This book had so many intricately moving parts, much like the clock that played such a huge role in Alex’s life. We’re moving along, and then Donlea introduces someone else, and the reader has no clue who this person is or how they will fit into the plot, and it’s so careful, so thoughtful, that you keep reading because you want to see how he pieces the storyline together.

I, too, lost my parents when I was younger. Though I was a few years older than Alex, I understand the unimaginable grief that comes with it. Like Alex, I spent years looking for answers. So perhaps, I can relate to her a bit more. She is strength personified, a character that you will continually root for.

I enjoyed Alex’s story and how she continually fought her way through life. And I especially loved the way characters weave in and out across the author’s books, and if you’ve read them all, you get a warm feeling when someone you know pops into a new book.

I spent the last few months finishing Charlie’s back catalog, and this is the last book of his that I had to read, which feels wretched. But this was a fantastic book to finish with. Those Empty Eyes is a book that settles into your thoughts long after you’ve closed the book. What am I supposed to do with myself now? Kudos!

Thank you so very much, Kensington Books, for sending over an advanced copy.

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