Seeing Through a Killer’s Eyes

By Maggie Shayne, author of Sleep with the Lights On

Ever since I saw The Eyes of Laura Mars, the movie in which a fashion photographer’s photos are eerily similar to crime scenes and the cop on the case wants to know why, I’ve wanted to explore a heroine who sees through a killer’s eyes.

Years later I read A Change of Heart by Claire Sylvia, a memoir about the “extras” that came with her heart–lung transplant. Cravings. Memories. Inexplicable things that turned out to be characteristics of her donor. I’m mesmerized by the notion that transplanted organs can bring something with them.

Things that leave deep impressions on me tend to roll through my subconscious mind, picking up pieces of personal experience and belief, morphing into something bigger. Then one day I sit down to write, and the story explodes. SLEEP WITH THE LIGHTS ON was born fully grown. I didn’t plan it, it just spilled onto the page.

Rachel de Luca has also been gestating for years. She’s a mix of Murphy Brown, Debra Morgan and Buffy’s fellow slayer Faith at thirty. She’s part me, too. Quite a bit me, actually.

She’s independent and tough, despite being blind for years until a recent corneal transplant. She successfully writes self-help books she doesn’t believe in, though her heart wants to. She’s got a potty mouth and a lot of attitude, defenses she developed when she lost her eyesight. She developed something else then, too, a sixth sense that tells her when people are lying. She gets feelings that always pan out, and in this book, the first Brown and de Luca novel (I love Rachel so much that she’s getting an entire series), she’s dreaming through the eyes of a killer who’s supposedly dead.

Read an excerpt here.

I hope you enjoy it.

PS: Visit www.maggieshayne.com

About the Book

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Through the eyes of a killer…

Rachel de Luca has found incredible success writing self-help books. But her own blindness and the fact that her troubled brother has gone missing have convinced her that positive thinking is nothing but bull.

Her cynicism wavers when a cornea transplant restores her sight. The new eyes seem to give her new life, until they prove too good to be true and she starts seeing terrifying visions of brutal murders—crimes she soon learns are all too real.

Detective Mason Brown’s own brother recently died, leaving behind a horrific secret. In atonement, Mason donated his brother’s organs, though he’s kept the fact quiet. Now he wants to help Rachel find her brother, but when he discovers the shocking connection between her visions and his own brother, he suddenly has to do everything in his power to save her from a predator who is somehow still hunting from beyond the grave.

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