TITLE: All Eyes On Her
AUTHOR: Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Thank you to Imprint and MacMillan Audio for my ALC in exchange for my honest review.
You heard the story on the news. A girl and a boy went into the woods. The girl carried a picnic basket. The boy wore bright yellow running shoes. The girl found her way out, but the boy never did….
Everyone thinks they know what happened. Some say Tabby pushed him off that cliff— she didn’t even like hiking. She was jealous. She had more than her share of demons. Others think he fell accidentally—she loved Mark. She would never hurt him…even if he hurt her.
But what’s the real story? All Eyes On Her is told from everyone but Tabby herself as the people in her life string together the events that led Tabby to that cliff. Her best friend. Her sister. Her enemy. Her ex-boyfriend. Because everybody thinks they know a girl better than she knows herself.
What do you think is the truth?
This was a very compelling, in depth adventure into the minds of a group of people surrounding the mysterious death of a hometown hero. Everyone has an opinion. Everyone thinks they know what happened based on what they think about the people involved.
Tabby and her boyfriend, Mark go on a hike and Mark never comes back. Hiking up a steep trail, Mark falls over the edge of a very high cliff face into the water below. But, the Princeton boy who is a champion swimmer does not survive. Now, everyone in town is divided. There are the people who blame Tabby and those who claim she is innocent. But, the truth is, only SHE knows…
There are many people who don’t like Tabby. She is a crafty manipulator, some think. Others, like her sister and her best friend, know a very different side of Tabitha than the one she portrays. Then again, Mark’s closest friend and the girlfriend of Tabby’s ex claim she is an evil person. One they know did this supposedly accidental act.
Through this story, we are just kind of brought along. Told from MANY different points of view, we get snippets of information, so factual and some opinion based. What I loved about this story is that you are more or less strung along and given the option to believe what YOU choose to believe.
I listened to the audiobook and the voice acting of Khristine Hvam was spot on. She does a great job at pitching her voice at different levels to help you really get a feel for each person. Her storytelling totally pulls you in and creates a whole scene. Her narration goes a very long way in the enjoyment of this extremely twisty tale. And she helps to leave you guessing until the very end.
This was such a fun experience. It was dark and vivd, painting a story of hero worship, mean girls, people who just want to be noticed and people who will do anything to have what others have that they don’t. All the while, you are left wondering who to believe and what is the truth. What really did happen to Mark? Is Tabby innocent? Could it have been someone else or was it really just a terrible accident?
I am left with the notion that small town life is a crazy thing. It is its own living thing, feeding off the inhabitants.