Monday, June 18, 2012

Before Her Eyes / Rebecca Forster

Reviewed by: BigAl

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Approximate word count: 80-85,00 words

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“Rebecca Forster is the USA Today bestselling author of Keeping Counsel. She has written in many genres but her legal thrillers have been called, 'Perfect. Impossible to put down,' by the CBS legal correspondent

She holds a BA from Loyola University, Chicago and an MBA from Loyola University, Los Angeles.

Married to a superior court judge and the mother of two sons, she teaches at UCLA writers program, volunteers in classrooms and speaks in many venues around the country.”

For more, visit Forster’s website.


“In a remote mountain community, the execution of a grocer and the abduction of a world-renowned model leave the local sheriff searching for a connection, two killers and a woman who is running for her life.”


I’ve read several of Rebecca Forster’s legal thrillers and loved them all. Before Her Eyes was a change of pace from those; still a thriller, but moved out of the courtroom into the cold, cruel outside world and with a bit of mystery thrown in the mix. The book has two main story lines that are happening concurrently.

The first is what is happening with the sheriff, who is investigating a murder and what appears to be the kidnapping of a “world-renowned model.” The sheriff has a history with the victim and issues of his own that present a struggle and plenty of conflict, both internal and external. He and many of the characters he interacts with are complex, which makes the plot of the story both more unpredictable and more satisfying.

The second story line is what is happening with the missing model. While the first storyline is more of a mystery/police procedural, the second storyline is pure thriller. In neither can you assume that everything is as it seems as both have a twist that leave assumptions made early in the story torn to shreds.

Did I mention that I loved this book?


A small amount of adult language and situations.

Format/Typo Issues:

A small number of typos/proofing misses. The most common was a missing “ed” ending such as “… an abandon house on the left,” which should be abandoned.

A formatting issue with spaces missing before sentences starting with quote marks. My version was obtained from Smashwords. This may not be an issue for other retailers and didn’t create problems in my reading enjoyment.

Rating: ***** Five stars


Rebecca Forster said...

Big Al and Pals, Thanks so much for your thoughtful review. WIll look into the issues you raised and try reformatting. So glad you liked the story and will continue to work to make it an excellent read all around. Thanks again.

Vicki said...

Thanks for the review, Al. I have this coming up soon on my reading list. I'm looking forward even more now to reading it.

BooksAndPals said...

This should be right up your alley, Vicki.

Speed Dating Edinburgh said...

A bit simple, isn't it.

Lyn Horner said...

Hi Rebecca. Great review! Your book sounds very exciting, and the nice thing about ebooks is that you can always fix those formatting issues.

Keep up the great work!

Michael R. Jennings said...

I've read and thoroughly enjoyed two of your previous works. Looking forward to this one.