IN HER EYES By Sarah Alderson


You’re at home with your family. You think you’re safe. You’re wrong….

Ava’s life is the kind other people envy: loving husband; great kids; beautiful house. Until the night a violent home invasion turns the dream into a nightmare, and leaves her beautiful daughter fighting to survive.

And then things get worse. Ava realises that the attack wasn’t random. Someone is targeting her family. Why? Who could hate them enough to kill?

Ava must find out what really happened that night, to save those she lives from even greater danger. But when everyone around you has been lying, how do you decide who to trust?

And Ava has secrets of her own….


Ava seems to have everything she could ever hope for, a husband she loves, two beautiful daughters, a lovely home. But everything changes when two masked burglars break into the house.

Her 12 year old daughter, June is in a coma, barely living. Ava feels like her life is crumbling before her eyes and she can’t do anything to stop it. The lead Detective on the case is someone Ava knows from high school, Nate, she had had a fling with him back then, this leaves her feeling uneasy but also comfortable around him. The burglars had escaped after the attack, but Ava now wonders if they will return.

It turns out as the police look through Ava’s perfect life it’s not as perfect as she thought, her husband hasn’t’ taken been honest with her. They are not in a good place financially, this also gives him a motive for the burglary. Ava now wonders if the man she had married twenty years ago is the man she thought he was, does she really know him? Could he be responsible for their daughter being in a coma?

I enjoyed this book as at the beginning it really hooked me which is what I like, nothing worse than pushing through a book you are t enjoying, as your mind just starts going to other places. Several times I thought I had worked the story out but then something else blew that theory out of the water, there are so many layers to this book it’s like peeling an onion, with so many secrets and lies being revealed as each layer is removed. At times the answers were a little far fetched but this is fiction, I did guess a couple of bits right. I’m sure some won’t like the fact that the story goes into unbelievable territory, but for me it was ok. I still enjoyed it.

I like the fact that the characters are believable, relatable, the plot is tight, engrossing and an absolute page turner. What I liked was that unlike some books I have read recently there has been this need at the end to tie everything up in a neat little bow, which sometimes it seems like the ending is rushed. But with this book things aren’t all tied up. Some secrets remain in the dark, and a characters life is left in the balance. A truly gripping fast paced read. A book I couldn’t put down.

A great read I give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and will be watching out for the authors next book.

Thank you to #netgalley and #Hodderandstoughtonpublishers for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.


Sarah is a British born, LA based author and screenwriter.

Sarah left the UK in 2010 to travel the world with her husband and then toddler daughter (a journey documented in her memoir Can We Live Here). After living in Bali, Indonesia for 5 years, during which time she published several young adult books, they moved to California, where Sarah now balances screenwriting for TV and films with writing novels.

She also has a successful career as a romance author under the pen name Mila Gray.

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