My rating: 5 of 5 stars
People who like horror novels typically like the plummet into the darkness that comes along with that kind of reading. I love horror for where it can take me. It is important to note that sometimes gives you those deeply conflicted thoughts some people actually relish. Enter, Eyes Without a Face.
Author Betsy Ashton gives us a wonderful book that is not only smartly written, but well-paced. You get to see the story unfold through the eyes of the serial killer. She, yes a female serial killer, indulges in her hobby while studying to become a brilliant pathologist.
What makes the main character interesting is that she is leading a seemingly normal life, with the exception of her serial killing tendencies. We see the interactions of her life through her lens and understand how she sees the world. You see her friends and ultimately her husband and you get to truly like these characters.
I will warn the gentle reader that this is not for the faint of heart. It is intense sometimes. Moreover, if you like nice tidy endings, you probably won’t like this book. But if you do enjoy a good twist and turn at the end, you will not be disappointed.
There were a few situations the main character was in where a good crime lab team might have collected some trace evidence where she could have been caught, but overall most of the situations were plausible and aren’t so complex as to be unbelievable. I don’t like it when the murders are over-engineered and Betsy was careful to avoid doing that. I also have a law enforcement background so I tend to think about what a crime scene team would do on scene. Yes, I am terrible to watch CSI with.
At any rate, I can highly recommend Eyes Without a Face to horror fans out there. You will genuinely enjoy this well written novel. It will leave you feeling satisfied if you are looking for an ending which sneaks up behind you and pushes you to the ground.