Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands - Chris Bohjalian

 I don't know why I began my story with the igloo. The igloo was really the beginning of the end-or, maybe, the end of the beginning.

I am used to reading, and really enjoying, historical fiction from Chris Bohjalian. This book is vastly different from what I've read from him but it was just as enjoyable. This book follows Emily Shepard and what her life becomes after a nuclear reactor explodes at the nuclear plant where her father is chief engineer. After her father is blamed for the explosion she runs away and takes on a new identity.


This book might be a little frustrating for some people because this is written as though Emily is writing in a journal letting people know about her experiences and she tends to jump around a lot. Normally this would drive me insane but since Emily was a character that I was easily able to identify with the jumping around didn't bother me one bit.


I genuinely enjoyed reading about Emily. She goes through some pretty horrible things and does some bad things and I couldn't help but want her to get through her difficult times and get the help she didn't know she needed. I loved how authentic her tone was throughout the book. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Cameron and I loved how protective Emily was towards him. I enjoyed Emily's discussions throughout the book about Emily Dickinson as I too enjoy her poems (I used to write poems like Emily Shepard and boy did I think I was such a pretty). 


I don't want to say much about the ending, just that I felt it was a great ending and definitely fit with what had previously happened. It was great getting to read something different and fresh from Chris Bohjalian and I look forward to reading whatever he has in store next.