The Silence in Her Eyes

Atria. Jan. 2024. 272p. ISBN 9781982197506. $27. THRILLER
Correa (The Night Traveler), known for his historical fiction, enters the realm of psychological suspense with a gripping story narrated by a woman who is the definition of unreliable. Leah has led a sheltered life ever since an accident when she was eight years old left her with akinetopsia, a rare motion-blindness. She can see stationary objects, but for anything in motion, all she perceives are brief freeze-frame glimpses. Since the death of her mother, Leah has lived alone, with her only visitor being her longtime housekeeper. So Leah’s realization, based on her sense of smell and brief flashes of a person, that someone else has been in her apartment at night scares her, but she hesitates to seek help, knowing that no one will trust the perceptions of a woman with her condition. The visits of the mysterious intruder coincide with the arrival of a new neighbor, Alice. Leah soon befriends Alice and becomes determined to help her with what seems to be an abusive relationship. Then things come to a head one night, and Leah is not sure what has happened.
VERDICT This slow-build suspense novel keeps the tension rising as readers are drawn ever deeper into Leah’s claustrophobic world. And while the ending feels a bit rushed, the twists are enjoyable.
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