While My Eyes Were Closed

In an instant you can lose everything 

One, two, three . . . Lisa Dale shuts her eyes and counts to one hundred during a game of hide-and-seek. When she opens them, her four-year-old daughter Ella is gone. Disappeared without trace. 

The police, the media and Lisa’s family all think they know who snatched Ella. But what if the person who took her isn’t a stranger? What if they are convinced they are doing the right thing? And what if Lisa’s little girl is in danger of disappearing forever?



“A vivid and unnerving story about the terrifying knife-edges of motherhood. Nail-biting, creepy and so sad.”

Isabelle Grey


“Clever and compelling, While My Eyes Were Closed is a brave story, which is touching right down to the final word. I so enjoyed this book.”

Dorothy Koomson


“Expertly plotted and truly terrifying, this book forensically dissects every parent’s nightmare.”

Barbara Nadel


“A beautifully crafted novel of knife-edge suspense that held my attention to the very end. I wanted to compare the author to Gillian Flynn or Alice Sebold, but that wouldn’t be right. This book is one hundred percent Linda Green, and Linda Green is bloody brilliant!”

Amanda Prowse


“Terrifying, brilliantly plotted. Linda Green manages to construct an amazing scenario out of every parent’s worst nightmare and make it incredibly plausible.”

Emily Barr


‘The best book I’ve read in a long time’

‘Intensely sad, deeply moving, very clever writing.’

‘A gripping delve into highly troubled minds’

‘I read this all in one sitting . . . I could hardly breathe as I got near the end’

‘Couldn’t put it down. Have read many psychological thrillers but this one was a little different.’

‘The writing is so beautifully prolific, the tears flowed more than once and I cannot recommend this book highly enough’

‘Wow, what a tale. A brilliant read which kept me thinking long after I’d finished the last page’

‘An exciting, assured, well-paced and fascinating read’

‘Intensely sad and deeply moving. The story grips you from the first page’

‘Linda Green’s best book by far’

‘I loved this book. I couldn’t put it down’

‘This was one book that you really can’t put down. Gripping and terrifying’

‘Absolutely fabulous. Intense, sad and remarkably written’

‘This is a real nail-biter, on the edge of you seat story that you just have to keep on reading’

‘I loved every page’

‘A terrifying tale full of suspense and tension’

‘An edge of the chair unnerving tale’

‘Absolutely brilliant – couldn’t put it down’

‘One of the best books I have read in a while. Beautifully written, full of suspense. Just perfect’

‘A cracking good read’

‘A brilliant story which held my attention right from the start’

‘Make sure you have lots of time because you will not put this down’

‘Love it from start to finish and what a twist’

‘I challenge you to be able to put the book down’

‘A heart-stopping, page-turning read’

‘Spine-tingling page-turner’

‘Haven’t enjoyed a book so much for ages’

‘Edge of your seat ride’

‘This was nothing short of amazing. A truly brilliant piece of writing’

‘One of the best books I’ve ever read’