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Retro Reading: Eye of the Beholder by Shari Shattuck

Updated on May 13, 2022

I've never stopped halfway through a book to write a review. There's a first for everything.

I stopped with good reason. This book is so hard to put down and even writing this review while midway through is keeping me from getting to the end.

Greer Sands and her business partner, Dario, have just opened up The Eye of the Beholder Beauty Salon and Day Spa the first week of the new year. It's been raining almost non stop since Christmas and Greer (who's also psychic) feels that something bad is about to happen in the small town of Shadow Hills, an upscale community a half an hour outside of Los Angeles.

Their first spa in Pasadena has been a huge success and the two felt that those away from the city would enjoy an upscale salon where they could be pampered at a luxurious spa and not have to make the trek into the city.

Greer, has moved her son Joshua into the countryside and when her next door neighbor Whitney comes over to introduce herself, the two have tea and Greer reads the tea leaves. She sees the face of Whitney's step daughter, Joy, in the bottom of the cup and knows that soon, Joy will be in trouble.

After telling Whitney, Greer invites Whitney's family over to dinner the following week and she senses that Joy is a troubled teen. The Whitehorse's hope that Joshua will be a good influence on the troubled girl, but only time will tell.

Meanwhile, the number three hangs over Greer and she knows that she'll meet three people that will become her friends. After meeting Whitney, she meets Leah, a client who is hiding a dark secret and Jenny, the owner of the struggling coffee shop next to the spa. Jenny is also a friend of Whitney's.

Leah, a banker, works for her abusive ex-husband Vince, who is up to no good and now Leah wants to know what he's up to, since she saw him remove a manila envelope from a safety deposit box. When she discovered that he wasn't in his office, she went in to put some papers on his desk and found his desk drawer slightly open with a key chain and keys, so, when she knew it was safe, she went into the safety deposit box room and opens up the box. She finds cash and packets of white powder in it.

Leah on the other hand, is hoping to save her six month marriage. She and her husband Lewis have been together for years, but she's upset that after helping him start his business, he won't help her with hers while he has some down time between jobs.

A young girl disappears in town and the suspect list grows (and so far, Shattuck has made me switch suspects at the end of nearly every chapter!) and now that Joy is missing and Joshua has discovered that he too has "the gift" this page turner has even crept into my sub conscious since it's all that I can do but think about what will happen next!

There have been times when I've pictured the actress turned writer sitting at the computer just laughing while writing since she keeps throwing us the wrong bone.

It has been years since I've read anything this engrossing and I've been tempted to go to the last page, but, I stop myself because I don't want to spoil the ending.

I'm sure that once I get to that last page, I'll be stunned and do the "wtf?" after all is said and done, but in the meantime, I can't get enough of this book and I can't wait to get to the sequel.

If you've been waiting for a page turner, then by all means, read this book ASAP and I think it should be on your must read for at the beach or one of those nights when you don't want to spend time live streaming something on your computer.


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