Review of Cover Your Eyes

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Cover Your Eyes by Mary Burton is a great mystery/suspense read.  I have read other books by this author and I have really enjoyed them all.

Rachel Wainwright is a public defender who crusades for the underdog.  Her brother was imprisoned when she was still a child and she believes that he was wrongly accused.  That is the reason she became a lawyer, to try to re-open her brother’s case and prove his innocence.  But before that could happen, her brother is murdered in prison.  Now she wants to prevent something like that from happening again.

She is trying to re-open a 30 year old murder case because she feels that the wrong man was found guilty.  But since the woman murdered was a popular member of the community and well-liked, she is fighting a losing battle.  But then again, how well-liked could she have been if someone killed her?

Deke Morgan is a homicide detective who is working a murder case of a young singer who was bludgeoned to death.  He does not have very many clues to work with and when another body is discovered killed in the same way, he knows he has to find the killer quickly.

Deke is the detective that Rachel contacted about getting DNA tested from the thirty year old murder.  He does not have time to deal with Rachel and her demands.  He is also a little touchy about the possibility that the wrong man was arrested because it was his father who made the arrest.  He has been living in his father’s police shadow ever since his father passed away and at times he does not feel like he lives up to his dad.  And he cannot believe that his father could have arrested the wrong man.  But Rachel will not let the possibility drop and when he notices a similarity between the decades old murder and his current cases, he must admit that it could possibly be the same killer.

The characters are well-developed, realistic and three dimensional.  Rachel presents herself as a tough-as-nails woman who can handle anything.  But in reality she has many self doubts and feels guilty that she could not save her brother.  Deke appears to be a no-nonsense hard-nosed detective, but he begins to respect Rachel for her tenacity and dedication.  He also has a soft spot for his sister.  The other characters in the book are also well-developed and I would love to read more about them (hopefully this book will turn into a series).

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author does suspense really well and I just had to keep swiping pages to see what would happen next.  There were a lot of twists and turn and many suspects to consider.  I had the killer nailed down to two possibilities, and I was correct.  But there are more surprises at the end that I never saw coming.  I loved that.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading a well-crafted suspense/mystery.  There is a hint of romance but for the most part I would consider this book a mystery.  Like I said earlier, I have read other books by this author and not one has disappointed me.  Pick up a copy of Cover Your Eyes, I think you will agree that is is a great book.

I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review, which I have given.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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