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It’s A Grey World: #OneEyeOpen by Paul Finch @paulfinchauthor @orionbooks #BlogTour

Title: One Eye Open
Author: Paul Finch
Date of Publication: August 2020
Publisher: Orion
Genre: Crime, police procedural
Format reviewed: e-ARC
Number of pages: 448


A high-speed crash leaves
a man and woman clinging to life.
Neither of them carries ID. Their car has fake number plates.
In their luggage: a huge amount of cash.
Who are they? What are they hiding?
And what were they running from?


DS Lynda Hagen, once a brilliant detective, gave it all up to raise her family.
But something about this case reignites a spark in her…


What begins as an investigation soon becomes an obsession.
And it will lead her to a secret so dangerous
that soon there will be nowhere left to hide.


Always stay on your guard. That’s what I will say after reading One Eye Open.

The book opens with a bang! The wreck of a car, two passengers with no ID, money around the scene. This setting ignited something in me straight away. The blend of a sharp description and the unusual way this ‘accident’ was discovered hooked me in. When you think car crash, you think about a loud noise, smoke, a road, blood and busy emergency services. At least that is what I have in mind. But here, you get none of this. No idea about how the car ended up there, a quiet and hidden place, and the only smoke is the thick white coat of mystery wrapping the characters.

From here, you reach a crossroad. One path takes you to the events leading to the accident while the second, firmly anchored in the present, follows the police investigation. Usual dual timelines never cross, but those ones are different. Equally gripping, equally poisoned by bad decisions and bad guys, they pulled me in, unable to escape the snare, totally gripped by the unusual storytelling.

I loved DS Lynda Hagen. Married to once-one-of-the-best cops, with two children, a colleague for whom working in the accident investigation unit is enough; it’s a straight job and offers 9 to 5 days most of the time. But this case is far from being simple. The victim are still alive, there are no witnesses, and no obvious reasons for the vehicle to land where it did. Lynda feels there is more to it than meets the eye, and even if her decisions to dig are not understood by all, her instinct won’t be stopped. Relegated to just being from ‘traffic’, Lynda meets resistance when she pushes the investigation. This irked me so much! Give the woman some credit! Oh and let’s all stop thinking traffic belongs to the little fry of the police force. For quite some time, Lynda tugs at threads that lead nowhere. I could sense one detail would make or break this case, and when it did, I did a mental happy dance.

Until my brain grasped the magnitude of what was ahead.

Paul Finch really knows how to reel you in with a police procedural that is so much more and defies the lines of good and bad. Police procedural novels usually are quite straight on this; the cops are the good guys, the others are baddies. Paul Finch adds nuance to the equation, tainting the bad with good and the good with bad. Because let’s face it, there is no real black and white in the world.

How do you fight the evil when the evil knows you are restrained by the rules of good behavior and a clear conscience? The game is flawed, the world is flawed, and this book shows just how the balance of the world sometimes needs a mix of colors, a grey in-between, for everything not to collapse, for the bad guys to pay, for the good guys to win.

There is a strong vibe of danger in the pages of One Eye Open, and it doesn’t leave you until you read the final line. It kept me on my toes and forced me to think twice about the choices made by the characters. I enjoyed being put in front of all kinds of events and people you can’t judge from one thing defining them.

One Eye Open is different, mysterious and dipped in muddy waters. Gangsters are big, cops are pushed to their limits, and the reader is immersed in a side of the world they are not often privy to!


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This was a good read!

You can grab your copy here!

I would like to thank Alainna and Orion for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

7 thoughts on “It’s A Grey World: #OneEyeOpen by Paul Finch @paulfinchauthor @orionbooks #BlogTour”

  1. I bought myself a Paul Finch book a few years ago because it sounded so good … yet I still haven’t read it!
    This sounds like a great read too. I think I’m missing out on another great author.
    Amanda xx


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