Eyes Like Mine
It’s late. The phone rings.
The man on the other end says his daughter is missing.
The baby you gave away over fifteen years ago.
What do you do?
Nora Watts isn’t sure that she wants to get involved. Troubled, messed up, and with more than enough problems of her own, Nora doesn’t want to revisit the past. But then she sees the photograph. A girl, a teenager, with her eyes. How can she turn her back on her?
But going in search of her daughter brings Nora into contact with a past that she would rather forget, a past that she has worked hard to put behind her, but which is always there, waiting for her . . .
Just after five in the morning, our protagonist, Nora Watts receives a phone call from a man called Everett Walsh, claiming she knows something about a girl’s
disappearance. Drawn in by his desperation, Nora meets him the next day in a café with his Wife, Lynn. They reveal that the baby she put up for adoption fifteen years ago is missing. Soon, driven by a sense of responsibility, Nora goes in search of her daughter. But the past she has tried so very hard to banish from her life, is catching up and seeping into her future.
I loved Eyes Like Mine. It’s an immersive read that will reach out and grab you from the very first sentence with startling vigour.
Nora is quite a complex person – she’s troubled by her past. She’s closed off and forgoes any chance of attachments – except with her dog, Whisper – and lives from one day to the next, battling with her alcohol addiction and living in her employer’s basement. Sometimes she comes across quite ‘hard’ but If you look a little deeper, I think she’s quite admirable. Her intuitiveness and fortitude is something that stands out about Nora. I loved her but, having said that I don’t think you always need to ‘love’ the characters in a book. It’s a question of credibility over likeability. And Nora Watts has credibility in buckets: she’s flawed and troubled but she is also very ‘real’! And most importantly, she is a survivor!
Also, Sheena Kamal’s writing is just brilliant. Her beautiful descriptions drag us into the environment of Vancouver and deposit us firmly beside Nora. Where it is based was a big factor for me too. I loved reading the descriptions of the city!
I really hope there will be a sequel – would love to see where Nora is and if Whisper and her are still unlikely buddies.
Atmospheric. Dark. Twisty.
If you would like to buy Eyes like Mine, here is the link
Big thank you to Emily Burns for my review copy!!!