My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed reading Cover Your Eyes. While I found myself wanting more from the romance thread of the story, I thought the novel’s more prevalent purpose—mystery/suspense—was executed very well. While I made many guesses as to the perpetrator’s identity, the revelation toward the novel’s end still surprised me. The many viable suspects, presented throughout the work, kept me intrigued.
Overall, I really liked the main characters. Rachel is a good mix of hard-nosed and compassionate. Due to her own life experience, she finds purpose in her career that doesn’t have anything to do with accolades or monetary compensation. Regarding Deke, I like that once he got to know Rachel, he defended her against the people who made inaccurate assumptions about her motives. However, to understand the character even better, I would like to have known more about Deke’s failed marriages.
I don’t want to give anything away, but there’s at least one character who I wanted to see or hear from again before the novel’s close. The person seemed to drop off the map after playing a significant role in the plot. On a similar note, the ending felt a tad rushed. A lot is explained in a few short pages, almost giving the reader too much to digest at once.
For fans of the mystery & thriller genre, Cover Your Eyes is an excellent selection. Although this was my first time reading Mary Burton, I’d gladly pick up another one of her books.
*ARC generously provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.