Author: A.A. Bell
Published: Voyager, 2010
First Line: "For longer than she cared to remember, Mira Chambers had suffered her worst days after hearing one of three questions whispered on the far side of doors and observation windows."
Summary: Orphaned as a child after the bizarre deaths of her parents, Mira has been tormented by visions of 'ghosts' ever since puberty. As a carrier of the Fragile-X gene, her eyes have crystallised more than usual, causing her physical and emotional pain. Diagnosed as blind-sighted and institutionalised in the Serenity Centre - a sanctuary for handicapped adults - she can see convicts of the past, yet she cannot see any of her real surroundings or even her own body. After a number of failed escape attempts, Mira has regressed under increasing medication to a near-child-like state; paranoid, terrified and unco-operative. Then two medical specialists arrive at Serenity to do a health survey - while secretly testing new technology that interrogates the human subconscious. The project leader is also selling military secrets, and when he murders one of the bodyguards to cover his crime, Mira is the only witness... (Taken from Goodreads)
Review: The first thing that drew me to Diamond Eyes was the cover. There’s just something slightly creepy about the cover that makes me love it. I’m glad to say that judging this book by its cover and description was not a bad idea as it was a very good book.
I loved the two main characters Ben and Mira, I thought that Mira was really interesting and I loved seeing her develop with the help of Ben. I think their connection to each other as friends was more believable then some of the relationships you see in books nowadays.
Another thing I loved about Diamond Eyes was how easy it was to read. I’d sit down and in no time had read through 200 pages. It’s just that interesting and left me wanting to know more as I turned each page. Even though the main plotline didn’t appear until quite far in the book I still enjoyed every minute of this book.
I loved how Diamond Eyes kept you guessing at what was going on, and when you thought you knew what was going to happen something would turn around and twist what you thought was going to happen which I thought was fantastic. All through Diamond Eyes A.A Bell just kept pulling out more surprises and I loved it so much.
I think that A.A Bell is a very talented writer and I look forward to reading more books by her in the future.
Diamond Eyes, is a fantastic book and while it is science fiction, I don’t think it’s that heavy on the science fiction elements that anyone who doesn’t enjoy science fiction so much will enjoy. If you enjoy books that are suspenseful and really well written then I’m sure you will love Diamond Eyes.
Source: HarperCollins NZ for review