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The Shut Eye

UK Publisher: Bantam Press
US Publisher: Grove Atlantic

Five footprints are the only sign that 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.

When a psychic offers hope, Anna grasps it. Who wouldn’t? Maybe he can tell her what happened to her son…

But is this man what he claims to be? Is he a visionary? A shut eye? Or a cruel fake, preying on the vulnerable?

Or is he something far, far worse?


‘A twisty, fast-paced plot that kept me on tenterhooks’ – Woman and Home

‘Belinda Bauer is a marvel. Her novels are almost indecently gripping and enjoyable, and The Shut Eye is possibly her best yet’ – Sophie Hannah

‘Nobody scares me quite like Bauer’ – Sharon Bolton

‘It’s an intricate plot, extremely moving in some places – Bauer’s ability to get under the skins of her characters is second to none.’ – The Guardian

‘So much more than a simple whodunit – a clever, sophisticated modern crime novel’ – Sunday Mirror

‘[A] cracking psychological thriller’ – Good Housekeeping

‘Think you can spot every twist coming in a crime thriller? This darkly funny, yet gripping, story will prove you wrong.’ – The Evening Telegraph

‘Belinda Bauer is disconcerting. She follows none of the usual formulae governing crime fiction, defies easy labelling and sees deeper than most into people’s emotions. Her novels are all moodily different from each other. The dominant image of THE SHUT EYE – her sixth- is moving and disturbing.’ – The Times

‘One of Bella’s favourite crime writers returns with another twisty-turny tale.’ – Bella Magazine 

‘Belinda Bauer’s brilliance at crafting dazzling thrillers, using characters with more flaws than a bag of uncut diamonds has established her as one of the most polished crime writers on the murder beat…Exhausting, exhilarating and damn scary, this is another 24-carat creation from the Queen of Thrills.’ – Stuart Winter, Daily Express

‘Bauer’s writing is invigorating – it’s full of surprises, with some guffawingly funny dialogue.’ – Morning Star

‘A real page-turner.’ – The Independent

‘One of the most individual of crime writers. Bauer is streets ahead of most of her rivals.’ – Barry Forshaw, The Independent

‘Unusual but absorbing. Marvel’s journey towards the truth is refreshingly unconventional.’ – Irish Times

‘Ms. Bauer is insightful about people, their bereavement and the way it distorts them. She also provides, in the end, the perfect mix of closure and lingering questions. Fans of Ruth Rendell will find familiar pleasures in Ms. Bauer’s work.’ – The New York Times

‘Crime-fiction fans can expect little shut-eye after picking up this thriller.’ – Shelf Awareness

‘Claustrophobic, compulsive and gripping.’ – Daily Express

“Crime is the most dramatic of transgressions and takes a reader, and the writer, to a more exciting and dangerous...