The Shut Eye by is a crime novel by Belinda Bauer. Its a twisty and fast paced read A shut eye is a performer who becomes so adept at the illusion of mind reading that the performer comes to believe that he or she actually possesses psychic powers.
The term was used by film director Orson Welles, a gifted magician, who feared that he would fall victim to the delusion.(wikipedia.org) Five footprints are the only sign that four-year-old Daniel Buck was ever here. And now they are all his mother has left. Every day, Anna Buck guards the little prints in the cement. Polishing them to a shine. Keeping them safe. Spiralling towards insanity.Anna is desperate for hope, which she’s not getting from the police, or her husband James. So when a woman tells her she’s found a true psychic, a “shut eye,” she grasps at it. Maybe he can tell her what happened to her son. But when she meets the psychic, what she gets is not at all what she suspected
This was my first novel by Belinda Bauer and listened to one from Audible. The narration was good and the book the characters were strong. The story line while weak in places did keep me listening and I enjoyed the read. Not the best crime novel I have read this year but certainly one worth reading.
I not sure I was convinced by the story's conclusion or the characters actions towards the end of the novel but having said that I would read another novel by Belinda Bauer in future.