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I am thrilled to share a review with you today of Sam Blake’s latest thriller which she will be discussing at this First Monday Crime on 2nd December at City University London. Details about the panel and how to book your free ticket can be found on the First Monday Crime website.

  • Title: Keep Your Eyes on Me
  • Author: Sam Blake
  • Publisher: Corvus
  • Publication Date: 2nd January 2020

Copy received from publisher for review purposes.


You won’t be able to look away

When Vittoria Devine and Lily Power find themselves sitting next to each other on a flight to New York, they discover they both have men in their lives whose impact has been devastating. Lily’s family life is in turmoil, her brother left on the brink of ruin by a con man. Vittoria’s philandering husband’s latest mistress is pregnant.

By the time they land, Vittoria and Lily have realised that they can help each other right the balance. But only one of them knows the real story…

My Thoughts:

As a fan of Sam Blake’s Cathy Connolly series, I was keen to see if she could grab my attention with a new set of characters and have me writing off an entire day at the weekend to just read a book, and she pulled it off with impressive ease.

From the moment I started reading Keep You Eyes on Me I was hooked, I loved how the plot was twisting and weaving, I was intrigued by the characters and began to care what happened to them. Blake crafted two incredibly fascinating female characters that readers cannot help but become invested in, their happy lives have been disrupted and rather than sit back and wallow, they take matters into their own hands and do something about it … well for each other.
A chance meeting in the airport, has Lily and Vittoria sharing pleasantries as they sit together and they end up sitting together on their flight, chatting more personally, both letting slip just how fraught their situations are. It’s not long before the women come up with a plan to try and put things right.

Where Sam Blake’s writing really shines is by crafting situations and scenes that you can see playing out in your head as you read. The vivid details woven into the narrative gave me a great image of the bookshop, the intricate pieces of jewellery, and even had me looking up paintings for an idea of whether they looked like I imagined. She creates supporting characters who are so well defined and sculpted that readers feel sympathy towards their plights, or anger at their lack of morals.
And the plot, what a whirlwind packed with tension! I was absolutely gobsmacked while reading parts, so clever and so subtle at times, I was caught off guard when things didn’t pan out the way I thought they might.

A brilliant read that kept me guessing and entertained throughout!

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