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Eyes Like Mine: 'Utterly compelling . . . Will stay with you for a long, long time' Jeffery Deaver Hardcover – 29 March 2017

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Utterly compelling, rich with voice and psychological insight, populated with heartbreakingly real characters, Eyes Like Mine will stay with you for a long, long time. Perhaps forever. ― Jeffrey Deaver

A brave, unflinching heroine and brave, unflinching writing add up to an extraordinary debut - highly recommended. ― Lee Child

'Suspenseful, atmospheric and often deeply moving . . . one of the most complicated and fascinating protagonists I've come across in a long time. I'd follow Nora Watts (and her dog) anywhere.' ― Alison Gaylin

Sheena Kamal has created a fresh and original character who grips the reader with her grit and courage. We're rooting for Nora Watts from the outset and I can't wait to read more of her story ― Sarah Ward, Crimepieces

It's a taut book, very bleak writing . . . I really enjoyed it. It made for a different pace and style to some of the books I have read recently. This is the author's debut novel and I'm looking forward to what she can do in the future. ― For the love of Books

I loved Eyes Like Mine - I'm not sure whether it was Nora who was spot on brilliant as an engaging and divisive main protagonist, or the themes within (as an adopted child myself I related on many levels here) or the really quite brilliant storytelling but overall this one was a huge hit with me . . . utterly riveting and totally addictive . . . excellent atmospheric writing vibe that both descriptively and decisively puts you right on the spot . . . Intelligent, thought provoking and beautifully written, Eyes Like Mine comes highly recommended from me. ― Liz Loves Books

'Kamal has come up with an unusual and engaging character that is uniquely her own. Nora carries a plot which could veer into unbelievably with panache and there's a page-turning thrilling element to the narrative. This could be my book of the year and it's only January.' -- Sarah Ward ― Crime Pieces

'Eyes Like Mine is an excellent psychological suspense novel. I loved it. The plot is intricate, complicated and fast moving, highlighting various issues such as mixed race inheritance and differences in treatment based on skin colour, homelessness, and environmental issues. These never overpower the story, but form part of the book as a whole.I was almost breathless as I read Eyes Like Mine. ― Books Please

'It's an immersive read that will reach out and grab you from the very first sentence with startling vigour. Sheena Kamal's writing is just brilliant. Her beautiful descriptions drag us into the environment of Vancouver and deposit us firmly beside Nora.' ― Ronnie Turner Ad Astra

'This is a dark read full of intrigue and mystery. Set in Canada you can almost feel the cold weather as the writing is extremely descriptive and sets the atmosphere. Fast paced and full of grit this will have the reader hooked straight away.' ― Supermum

'This one actually lingered with me..probably due to its interesting extra dimensions of race, mixed-race heritage, adoption, homelessness, and the lush Canadian setting' 4 stars **** ― Much Ado About Books

'Move over Lisbeth Salander! Wow! Where to start? One of the best books I have read in a long time, 'Eyes Like Mine' will have you reading through the night...the plot is cleverly-woven and charges along.' ― Breakaway Reviewers

'..actually left me feeling rather uplifted and full of hope for the future. As in real life, sometimes not all ends can be tied. A stunning debut!' ― My Chestnut Reading Tree

'Eyes Like Mine is such a gripping read, it is difficult to believe that this is a debut, but it really does have the wow factor. Pick this book up and you will never want to put it down, you will be left breathless, you will fall in love with the characters, even though you shouldn't. One hell of a brilliant psychological thriller that will keep you in suspense throughout.' ― Atticus Finch

'engaging..you get pulled into the story and it doesn't let you go.' ― A Bookaholic Swede

'A complex, unusual and gripping theatre'. -- Myles McWeeney ― Irish Independent, review by

'Kamal's debut novel is a spare and effective thriller that seeks to expose the myths underpinning Canada's self-image... The writing is spare but effective...Kamal is compelling enough not to require embellishment.' -- James Kidd ― South China Post

'Punchy debut about a missing child...we are immediately dropped into a thrilling quest in which twists and turns abound.' ― RTE Guide

'She (Nora) is as different as possible from the current crop of fashionable weepies, who wallow in their victimhood and long for someone else to save or justify them, and her search shines light into some very dark places and forgotten lives. This is a most impressive - and moving - novel.' -- Natasha Cooper ― Book Oxygen

'As this is a debut novel Sheena Kamal did a good job and I think this is just the beginning of what she can give the world.' ― Loves Book Groups

'Eyes like Mine proved to be more action packed, gritty and perhaps political, then what I'd usually choose. I'm not usually drawn to books about corruption, however having read this, I'm glad I did. I raced through it in a couple of sittings and was gripped throughout.' ― Cosy Books

'The characters were well written and likeable but I'm not going to talk about them because Nora deserves all the spotlight!' ― Silvxr

'The background is well done. This being British Columbia and the protagonist of mixed race, exploitation of native people is a feature, with an appropriate climax on Vancouver Island where land and timber and wildlife have been enriching freebooters for centuries. So fitting and somewhat apt to end with a Wagnerian riot of song and guns, moonlight and water and even a humpback whale.' ― SHOTS magazine

'the novel does take some rapid twists and turns and really lays on the noirish atmosphere in spades. Kamal knows the rules of her genre very well, and the storyline hits all the beats.' -- Ian White ― Starburst magazine

'a strong plot, and fascinating personalities, this dark novel is a thrilling page turner... a character who stands strong and distinctive in her own right.' ― Boozy Bookworm

I recommend this if you like gritty stories with hard-nosed female characters who won't give up at any cost. ― The Secret Library

Actually very funny and entertaining, in the same way Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone books are (although a lot bleaker)...This is a very accomplished and confident debut. ― Clothes In Books

A thoroughly original thriller with a fascinating premise...I rooted desperately for Nora - her story is furiously compelling, not just in the breathlessly pacy plot, which encompasses medical fraud, and the environmental horrors of mining, but from her voice, which is wryly witty, cynical, and yet vulnerable. It's a terrific debut, from an exciting new author, and I can't wait to see what Nora does next. ― Back To The Books

Eyes Like Mine is a book filled with restrained writing, even as Sheena Kamal takes readers through the life of someone who should be raging at the world. You'll be raging at the world for her. ― Editing Everything

the kind of main character that I love to hate. To me, it made the character more real than someone who just made the right decisions all the time, which let's be honest and say that just doesn't happen! ― Debra's Book Cafe

'a refreshing, genre reforming crime fiction. The novel's strength lies in its uncovering of the social issues surrounding indigenous women in Canada, a topic we almost never see in crime fiction.' ― Destination Jeddah

Eyes Like Mine is filled with action and dark truths, while Nora makes a truly wonderful main character. Definitely not your ordinary crime story. ― The Sun

A taut, compulsive thriller, the novel comes to a climax on Vancouver Island, and makes full use of the ethnicity of the area. Beautifully imagined. ― Irish Examiner

The sense of place and the atmosphere Kamal generates through her description is convincing and satisfying. I ended the book with a sharp image of the dark side of Canada and a feel for its nature ― Crime Review

The plot line is fantastic, filled with missing daughter, medical mystery, a beaten-up protagonist, powerful villains, murder, abuse, investigation and a wonderful dog and partner, Whisper. ― Book Reviews by Shalini

About the Author

Sheena Kamal holds an HBA in Political Science from the University of Toronto, which she attended on Canada's most prestigious scholarship, received for community leadership and activism around the issue of homelessness in Toronto. She went on to work in the film and TV industry, most recently as a researcher for a crime drama series being developed for television. Her research into crime and investigative journalism inspired Eyes Like Mine.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Zaffre (29 March 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1785762567
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1785762567
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.4 x 3.3 x 24.2 cm
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brutally brilliant Canadian noir with a damaged and uncompromising lead protagonist - visceral, bold and propulsive storytelling
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheena Kamal is the REAL DEAL. A fabulous debut, and extraordinary protagonist.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nora's Rollercoaster Journey
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 March 2017
Nora Watts is a brave but troubled woman. She gets a phone call from a man who says her daughter is missing. Nora has enough problems as it is, but when she sees a photograph of a girl with eyes like hers, it's bound to move her. Is Nora ready to face her past in order to find the girl she gave up fifteen years ago?

Another day, another book review! Today I want to share my thoughts on Sheena Kamal's debut novel 'Eyes Like Mine'.

The book got off to a strong start, I was actually worried if Kamal would be able to keep up the action and twists throughout the book. I can sincerely say that she managed to keep it up and make the reader not want to put the book down. The detail in the book is just right and that makes for easy reading as you can imagine the setting and characters. It's not a short book but Kamal's way with words will make you race through it!

You can't help but like the character of Nora, even though she may be hard to relate to. She is flawed but a unique character. I really enjoyed getting to know her background which has given her thick skin. Though, what stole my heart where the moments with her cat Whisper! With Whisper, Nora didn't have to mask her vulnerability; a relationship with a pet isn't something I came across in a book before but it was one of the strongest points of this novel! The other characters were well written and likeable but I'm not going to talk about them because Nora deserves all the spotlight!

Although they weren't necessary, the few chapters we get from Bonnie's (Nora's daughter's) perspective were a nice touch, in fact I think I would have liked to read some more of them!

I have to say the ending was a bit underwhelming but there'll be a sequel so that gives me a bit of consolation. I'll for sure read the next book, I can't wait to read about what's next for Nora Watts

I admire how Kamal teachers the reader of the book about homelessness and the struggles of mixed-raced people in Canada. For someone who doesn't really know much about Canada and the people there, it's a real eye-opener.

I gave this book a rating of 4 stars because although Kamal's story-telling lived up to my expectations, the ending was slightly underwhelming after so much action throughout. Kamal's writing and intertwining of important issues into the story was fantastic. I am very excited for the sequel and I can't wait to learn more from Kamal!

Rating: 4/5

I truly recommend you give this book a read!

Thank you to Bonnier Zaffre and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
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