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  • Published: 12 March 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448170791
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

The Shut Eye

One hundred and twenty days ago, the door had been left open . . .

The Shut Eye is the astonishing new crime novel from Belinda Bauer, twice winner of Crime Novelist of the Year.


'The most polished crime writer on the murder beat . . . Exhausting, exhilarating and damn scary, another 24-carat creation from the Queen of Thrills' Daily Express

Five footprints are the only sign that Daniel Buck was ever here.

Yesterday they were a family just like any other: Anna and James, and their little boy, Daniel.

But in one careless moment everything changed.

A front door accidentally left ajar . . . and Daniel was gone.

Now they are a pair of strangers who can't even look each other in the eye.

Distrust and unspoken words fill the void where their son used to be.

Anna will go to any lengths to find Daniel - a four-year-old doesn't just vanish into thin air. But how far will this desperate search push her?

Right to the brink.

And beyond.

  • Pub date: 12 March 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448170791
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

About the Author

Belinda Bauer

Belinda Bauer grew up in England and South Africa and now lives in Wales. She worked as a journalist and a screenwriter before finally writing a book to appease her nagging mother. With her debut, Blacklands, Belinda was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year. She went on to win the CWA Dagger in the Library for her body of work in 2013. Her fourth novel Rubbernecker was voted 2014 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. In 2018 her eighth novel, Snap, was longlisted for the Man Booker prize and won the Specsavers National Book Award for Best Crime & Thriller of the Year. Her books have been translated into 21 languages.

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Praise for The Shut Eye

“The most polished crime writer on the murder beat . . . Exhausting, exhilarating and damn scary”

Daily Express

“'Belinda Bauer is a marvel. Her novels are almost indecently gripping and enjoyable, and The Shut Eye is possibly her best yet”

Sophie Hannah

“One of the most individual of crime writers . . . Bauer is streets ahead of most of her rivals”


“A twisty, fast-paced plot that kept me on tenterhooks”

Woman & Home

“An intricate plot, extremely moving in some places - Bauer's ability to get under the skins of her characters is second to none”


“So much more than an simple whodunit - a clever, sophisticated modern crime novel”

Sunday Mirror

“[A] cracking psychological thriller”

Good Housekeeping

“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.”

The Times

“Nobody scares me quite like Belinda Bauer”

Sharon Bolton

“Bauer's novels are among life's pure pleasures. Her assured style and uncanny knack for capturing the quirks of human nature make her one of the stand-out writers of her genre. Clever, dark, insightful and not just a little bit funny.”

ALEX MARWOOD, author of The Wicked Girls and The Killer Next Door

“Bold and original, Rubbernecker draws you into unexpected psychological territory with its sophisticated, fast-paced story. A thought-provoking page-turner you won't be able to put down.”

KOETHI ZAN, author of The Never List

“Another excellent outing for Bauer”

The Lady

“Magical writing from a maestro of surprises”

Evening Telegraph

“One of the best crime writers in the country”

Daily Record

“Absorbing . . . refreshingly unconventional”

Irish Times

“A real page-turner.”

Independent 'i'

“a wholly original writer.”

S Magazine

“A thrilling plot, full of suspense.”

The Sun

“Claustrophobic, compulsive and gripping”

Daily Express

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