I’m so thrilled to welcome back Holly Seddon, author of Don’t Close Your Eyes, to Linda’s Book Bag. Holly scared the living daylights out of me with a guest post entitled Closer to Home when Don’t Close Your Eyes was originally released and you can read that post here.
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Staying in with Holly Seddon
Welcome back to Linda’s Book Bag Holly. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me. Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share and why have you chosen it?
The book I’ve brought along is Don’t Close Your Eyes, my second novel. I’d describe it as a thriller wrapped in a family drama. It follows the lives of Robin and Sarah, non-identical twins who were separated as children and who are now broken in different ways. Once a successful musician, Robin is now a recluse living in a state of paranoia – with good reason. Sarah has been thrown out of her home, kept from her little girl and believes that her twin is the one person who can save her, whatever the cost.
What can we expect from an evening in with Don’t Close Your Eyes?
I thought I’d share some reader quotes:
“This book really was excellent. I loved the characters (except the ones I loved to hate!), the chapters set in the 90s were such a treat to read, and there were plenty of twists and turns that I did not see coming.” – NatalieBB on Amazon
“This is a novel about two sisters, twin sisters, Sarah and Robin. The novel alternates between Sarah’s first person narrative and Robin’s third person narrative. It also alternates between the present day and the past, starting in 1989 and then slowly moving forward year by year to trace the lives of the girls; gradually revealing the complex, dysfunctional family life of Sarah and Robin and gradually revealing why they are struggling so much in their present.” – Katherine Sunderland
“Don’t Close Your Eyes is the much anticipated second novel by Holly Seddon. If you’re going to start reading this one, you’re going to have to make sure that you don’t have any plans for the rest of the day, it’ll grab you from the first page and you literally won’t be able to put it down until you have finished, prepare to be hooked by Holly.” – Jacob Collins
(Those are wonderful responses Holly and as I know those particular reviewers are brilliant, you must be thrilled.)
What else have you brought along and why?
Well, Robin from Don’t Close Your Eyes is a former rock guitarist and she and her close friend (no spoilers) spend a lot of time playing guitar as teenagers, channelling their adolescent rage into music as so many of us do. So I think the music would be classic rock, nothing too heavy for our cosy evening though!
So much of Don’t Close Your Eyes features the girls’ 90s childhoods and teen years, so I think we can have some 90s food and drink. Maybe some Tango for the non-drinkers, and I’m afraid – if we’re true to the era – probably some alcopops and Malibu and Coke for the rest. I’ll bring some wine anyway though!
Let’s have some Pop Tarts and Choco Dips for those with a sweet tooth, some Ferrero Rocher for the fancier among us. Definitely some Micro Chips. And whatever party food we have, you can be sure there’ll be some sour cream dip on the side. I feel like my whole 90s experience was dipped into sour cream.
(Crikey Holly. I’m not sure staying in with you is good for my waistline! Thanks so much for sharing Don’t Close Your Eyes with us.)
Don’t Close Your Eyes
Robin and Sarah weren’t the closest of twins. They weren’t even that similar. But they loved each other dearly. Until, in the cruellest of domestic twists, they were taken from one another.
Now, in her early 30s, Robin lives alone. Agoraphobic and suffering from panic attacks, she spends her days pacing the rooms of her house. The rest of the time she watches – watches the street, the houses, the neighbours. Until one day, she sees something she shouldn’t…
And Sarah? Sarah got what she wanted – the good-looking man, the beautiful baby, the perfect home. But she’s just been accused of the most terrible thing of all. She can’t be around her new family until she has come to terms with something that happened a long time ago. And to do that, she needs to track down her twin sister.
But Sarah isn’t the only person looking for Robin. As their paths intersect, something dangerous is set in motion, leading Robin and Sarah to fight for much more than their relationship…
Don’t Close Your Eyes is available for purchase here.
About Holly Seddon
Holly Seddon is a full time writer, living slap bang in the middle of Amsterdam with her husband James and a house full of children and pets. Holly has written for newspapers, websites and magazines since her early 20s after growing up in the English countryside, obsessed with music and books.
Her first novel Try Not To Breathe was published worldwide in 2016 and became a national and international bestseller.