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Product Details

  • Series: A Sam Becket Mystery (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727882244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727882240
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,990,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Eyes are the theme of Norman’s latest Detective Sam Becket thriller. A deadly serial killer is on the loose in Florida. His modus operandi: to drug his female victims, shoot out their eyes, and cover the empty sockets with tape, sleep masks, or lace doilies. Meanwhile, Sam’s mother-in-law, Mildred, needs cataract surgery, but she’s irrationally terrified of anything to do with her eyes. Meanwhile, Sam’s wife, Grace, is at a professional conference in Europe, where she is stalked by a young Frenchman. When he follows her back to Florida, she fears the worst, but she knows she needs to focus on her latest counseling case: a terrified teenager with a phobia about her eyes. Then there’s Sam’s role in the upcoming South Beach Opera production of Carmen and the flattering but unsolicited attentions of the young woman singing the lead role. With so many disparate plotlines, the book might have been a disorganized hodgepodge, but Norman manages to weave a cohesive story from the multiple threads, adding plenty of bizarre twists to the mix. Two thumbs up for this shivery, keep-’em-guessing mystery. --Emily Melton

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“This dark psychological thriller is packed with plenty of action and enough twists to keep even dedicated fans guessing. Highly recommended.” (Library Journal)

"Norman weaves multiple strands with ease, building tension to a climax that doesn’t disappoint" (Kirkus Reviews)

More About the Author

Hilary Norman was born in London. After working as an actress and in broadcasting, she wrote her first novel, In Love and Friendship, which became a New York Times bestseller and was translated into seventeen languages. She continued writing sagas before turning to psychological suspense and thrillers, and is currently working on her twenty-fourth title. She has traveled and researched extensively in Europe and the United States, where she lived for a time. She now lives with her husband in London.

Reviews:

'A born storyteller.' Annabel

'An accomplished novelist.' New York Times Book Review

'Dark and completely engrossing... compulsive stuff.' The Bookseller

'The theme of obsession runs through many of Norman's psychological thrillers and she is an expert at developing page-turning suspense... her books blend contemporary women's fiction and the menace and pace of the thriller in a winning combination' Cath Staincliffe, Manchester Evening News

'Grabs readers from the first page and doesn't let go. .. packed with plenty of action and enough twists to keep even dedicated fans guessing. Highly recommended.' Library Journal

'Norman's fearless willingness to explore the dark side of the human psyche should earn her new fans... ' Publishers Weekly

'Norman weaves multiple strands with ease, building tension to a climax that doesn't disappoint.' Kirkus Reviews

'Heart-stopping suspense' Mary Higgins Clark

'A goose-pimply, page-turning read right to the end' Company

'Norman has elevated herself to the highest echelons of thriller writing' The Good Book Guide

'For fans of heart-palpitating, nail-biting psychological thrillers... ' Booklist

'Hilary Norman is an honest-to-goodness storyteller. Her integrity is rare.' Jewish Chronicle

'Norman is still superior to many rivals at their very best' Gerald Kaufman, The Scotsman

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By RJPetyo on May 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am always excited when I discover a new writer and was thrilled to discover ECLIPSE, part of a series of novels about Florida police detective Sam Becket. In this book he crosses paths with a serial killer known as The Black Hole who shoots out the eyes of his victims. I had never read Hillary Norman before and had no idea of what I was in for.

It's a mystery novel, but the book is about so much more than the serial killer. In fact, for the early portions of the novel, the investigation of the crimes seems secondary. The plot follows Sam and his family, including his wife Grace who may or may not be flirting with a strange Frenchman, his daughter Cathy, his parents David and Mildred who are preparing for Mildred's eye surgery, and-- most refreshing to me as a reader-- Sam's work in an amateur theatrical group that is preparing a production of the opera Carmen. Very few books that I've read have a cop who is an opera singer. Oh, and by the way, Sam may or may not be flirting with a young singer from the troupe.

This is a brilliant book, action-packed for such a relatively short (230 pages) novel. The tension builds during a string of early scenes that would individually seem harmless. There are several fascinating characters, each with unique and believable problems (many tied to the theme of eyesight) and I will only say that the serial murders are not the only crimes in the book. The ending is powerful and satisfying.

I will gladly read more works from Ms. Norman.
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