I have been incredibly lucky to be given the chance to read and review Sophie Fahy’s novel and be a part of her blog tour. Sophie is an author from North Yorkshire here in the UK and I’m so impressed with all she has achieved so far!
Through Her Eyes follows Alyssa, a 17 year old, English ‘it girl’ living in America. From the start Alyssa is a character that commands your attention, and also demands it. She is living a life at the top of the social ladder but you immediately wonder how much she believes she can, or should, stay there. On the outside she has it all but underneath her perfect world runs an undercurrent of secrets and betrayals.
The story has received many glowing reviews and has been aligned with the star-studded likes of Gossip Girl, Thirteen Reasons Why, Pretty Little Liars, and Riverdale. These kinds of comparisons are stellar, but also beg the question – so how is it anything more than a generic copycat? The answer is simple. Heart. The resemblance to these stories, books, and ultimately cult tv series can be seen from the off. Pretty rich girl, nasty ‘it girl’, the likes of Blair Waldorf, Ali DiLaurentis and Cheryl ‘bombshell’ Blossom come to mind when we meet Alyssa. But Fahy takes those predecessors and their stereotypes and adds something new. This author is one with knowledge and experience on an academic but also a personal front. This easily threads into Alyssa’s character and creates a compelling story from the off.
The attack and the mystery that unfolds takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride until the very last page. You won’t see it coming and you won’t want to. The suspense will eat you alive and have you up until 5am screaming ‘just one more chapter!’. I loved the unique storylines as well as ones that did draw me back to my Netflix bingeing days. Alyssa is complex and compelling, Fahy described her as a ‘marmite’ character and I am inclined to agree. I still don’t know if I will ever like her, and what is most interesting to me individually is that despite this I can support, justify and defend her as she navigates her new capabilities and all that she uncovers in a bid for revenge.
I strongly recommend this one if you are looking for a twisted, turning, compelling mystery. It might be a bit of a guilty pleasure if you think you’re too old for the teenage world, but that’s what makes it so much better! A fantastic debut, and I’m very grateful for the chance to be a part of its coming out.
Get your copy on Amazon now and learn more about Sophie Fahy here!