“Unique and propulsive, The Silence in Her Eyes is an utterly satisfying thriller. Leah’s rare condition (motion blindness) makes her a fascinating narrator, and the questions mount as twist after twist unfolds. Readers will devour this taut, genre-bending thriller, and eagerly anticipate Correa’s next foray into psychological suspense.” Nicole Lynn Baart (The Long Way Back)
“Leah Anderson hasn't seen the world in decades —and you haven't seen a thriller like this ever. The Silence in Her Eyes simmers and bubbles like a pan of scalding water; it's a taut, elegant novel of suspense, both poignant and paranoid, with a gasp of a final chapter. Terrific stuff.”
“Correa brings new life to the familiar Rear Window conceit, wrapping things up with a stunning finale that forces readers to reevaluate each character and their motives. Paula Hawkins fans will devour this.” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
In the vein of Paula Hawkins and Ruth Ware, a bold and suspenseful psychological thriller about a young woman with a rare neurological condition who is convinced her neighbor is going to be murdered.
Leah has been living with akinetopsia, or motion blindness, since she was a child. For the last twenty years, she hasn’t been able to see movement. As she walks around her upper Manhattan neighborhood with her white stick tapping in front, most people assume she’s blind. But the truth is Leah sees a good deal, and with her acute senses of smell and hearing, very little escapes her notice.
She has a quiet, orderly life, with little human contact beyond her longtime housekeeper, her doctor, and her elderly neighbor. That all changes when Alice moves into the apartment next door and Leah can immediately smell the anxiety wafting off her. Worse, Leah can’t help but hear Alice and a late-night visitor engage in a violent fight. Worried, she befriends her neighbor and discovers that Alice is in the middle of a messy divorce from an abusive husband.
Then one night, Leah wakes up to someone in her apartment. She blacks out and in the morning is left wondering if she dreamt the episode. And yet the scent of the intruder follows her everywhere. And when she hears Alice through the wall pleading for her help, Leah makes a decision that will test her courage, her strength, and ultimately her sanity.
“Tonally and narratively reminiscent of Rear Window, this novel expertly draws the reader into Leah's unique perspective, which leaves her convinced of an imminent tragedy she alone can see. It's not only a gripping, surreal examination of the effects of isolation on the mind but also a good old-fashioned thriller. Set aside a chunk of time for this Hitchcockian tale—you'll have a hard time not finishing it in one sitting.” —KIRKUS REVIEW
Armando Lucas Correa