Title: Behind Blue Eyes
Series: Stockholm Murders #1
Author: CS Duffy
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release Date: April 26, 2019
The perfect man.
The perfect life.
The only problem is the dead body on the beach.
Investigative reporter Ellie has just given up her life in London to be with the man of her dreams in Sweden when she stumbles across a half decomposed skeleton on Midsummer’s eve.
She’s flung into a murder investigation in a country where she doesn’t speak the language and doesn’t know a soul.
The love of her life.
Who she is beginning to suspect knows a lot more about the body than he is admitting.
Is he the perfect man, or has Ellie uncovered the perfect crime?
Behind Blue Eyes started off slow and I wasn’t really sure where it was going but I kept reading because I was slated to review it. And then things started to get good. And, more importantly, interesting.
The story was full of twists and turns that keeps the reader engaged, at least this reader. I had problems with the main character at times, but that’s expected with a story like this and it wasn’t so bad that it took away from the story. Maybe it was because of her penchant for dark humor, a favorite of mine, especially when real life gets a little too real.
This book sticks out because it is a literal fish out of water story. Ellie is in a foreign land where she doesn’t speak the language so all she has to go on is non-verbal clues and her gut, the perfect tools for an investigative journalist. The fact that everyone is literally a suspect made this story more enjoyable since it wasn’t narrowed down to just a few early on.
Behind Blue Eyes was an unexpected delight. I got the ARC just a few days ago and worried I wouldn’t finish it in time but thanks to CS Duffy, I needn’t have worried.
CS Duffy wrote scripts for film and TV for over a decade, and when that made her so bitter she caught herself cycling past the office of a production company giving it the finger, she quit the film industry and went to teach preschool in Stockholm. During the kids’ naps she wrote Life is Swede, a thriller in the form of a blog, which led her into the wonderful world of self publishing. The final book in her first series Glasgow Kiss was released in January 2019, and she is currently working on the Hollywoodland series, which will launch in May 2019.
In addition to her own books, her supernatural thriller The Stranger is currently running on Storytel, her thriller feature film Guilty is in pre production and she once worked on an oil refinery. She was selected as a Spotlight author at Bloody Scotland in 2018.