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Book Review: Eyes Don’t Lie by Crystal Dawn Mason


Genre: Crime/Thriller
Number of Pages: 134
Publication Date: October 11, 2017

Story Perspective: Alternating Third-Person
Themes: Child Abuse/Neglect, Faith, Redemption, Good vs. Evil
To Learn More About the Book, Click: Eyes Don’t Lie on OBC Bookshelves

*This was part of the Book of the Day Program and is reviewed for the Blogger Review Program*


Broken and devastated Keith has eyes for only brunettes with blue eyes. The evil inside him, named “Kevin”, convinces Keith to commit disturbing and murderous actions. Keith then finds himself trying to fight with his inner evil in order to make the right choices.

McKenzie has an ability where she can see the actual truth in people’s eyes. When she sees something disturbing in Keith’s eyes, a series of events occur that may or may not lead to Keith’s downfall. Will Keith be able to rise above the evilness? Will his soul be saved? 

my review

The premise of the book was interesting and seemed to have a clear direction to where the story was going. However, it could have been more than what was presented.

To start with something I did like was the young girl, Miranda. Because she was born nonverbal, she uses sign language as her way to communicate. This added a nice level to story and diversified the book some. She was probably my favorite character, and I would have loved even more scenes with her.

In general, though, not many of the characters were given enough details and development to make you care about them. They were all one-dimensional, with the exception of maybe Keith. However, even then, it was hard to really care about what ended up happening.

When looking at the plot, it could have been improved, as well. Yes, the story was “fast-paced”, but only because there was a lot of dialogue and it was a fairly short read. The author jumps back and forth from the present to the past with certain characters, and I found the transitions throughout the book were abrupt and interrupted the flow of the story. At times, it was difficult to distinguish if the story was taking place in the past or present. For instance, one scene when Kevin remembers his rough childhood and his abusive mom, it starts with him playing video games with his brother. This could have been true in the past or present, so I had to re-read that section and others to figure it out. Perhaps a different font, italicizing the words, or typing in the year would have made it clearer and less frustrating. Also, I found the climax of the story to be anticlimactic, and it ended abruptly.

Not only did I find some of the characters and plot frustrating, I found the use of God somewhat out-of-place. For about half the book, God wasn’t mentioned, so when He begins to fill a lot the book’s pages, I found it surprising. This could have been fine, but it didn’t make sense to me because there wasn’t anything big that happened in order for Keith to suddenly change. In turn, McKenzie’s gift wasn’t really used for most of the book. It was kind of disappointing since she ties in with God and could have made the “good vs. evil” theme more exciting.

For technical issues, the voice that Keith hears, “Kevin”, was confusing for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the two names were extremely similar that for a while I had to keep reminding myself which voice was which. Also, when Keith and “Kevin” spoke to each other, there was nothing to distinguish one from the other. It would have better if “Kevin’s” voice was italicized or maybe a different font, otherwise when reading “Kevin’s” voice, the words just seemed like description.

Lastly, there were several errors throughout here. Missing/Added quotation marks, using Keith’s name instead of Larry’s (page 88), consistency of “Good night” and “Goodnight” (page 61), and others. These are easy fixes, but distracting nonetheless.

In general, the story/dialogue was simple, was lacking emotionally, and its presentation was disappointing. It’s only because I liked Miranda and could tell the author had a clear direction of where she wanted the story to go that I give this a two instead of a one-star.

My Rating2 stars


I don’t know if I would recommend this book in the state that it’s in right now.

Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
13 out of 50 books for review for 2018


4 thoughts on “Book Review: Eyes Don’t Lie by Crystal Dawn Mason

  1. When I started reading your review I was wondering if a book so short could have been any good… it’s not that I think bad of short books, but the plot was something complex and I was intrigued by it, but in such small number of pages there are a lot of things that you have to cut if you want to tell such a story, and often too many cuts aren’t so good for the book. I was fearing it and reading your review confirmed my fears, sadly. I’m sorry that this reading wasn’t so good, I hope your next reading would be fantastic!

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    1. Yeah…I was a bit doubtful when I first began, but I tried to have an open mind when I was reading. Unfortunately, it was one that still needs a lot of work.

      Thank you, susyscozyworld! So far, I’m fairly happy with two of the books I’m focusing on, so I have high hopes for those! 🙂


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