Through Her Eyes is beautifully written, in language that is subtle enough not to distract from the story. The contrast crystallizes the moments of poetry sprinkled throughout and makes them all the more striking. The atmosphere of the novel is haunting but not scary, creating a romantic tale rather than a horror story. Tansy's forays into Henry's world are mesmerizing, and Jennifer Archer's creativity is on display in her use of color and photography as she weaves their tangled tale.
Tansy's self-sufficiency and determination to be strong are winning, though she can occasionally be angsty. Archer deftly manages her flirtation with madness and shows her instability with a precise hand. Likewise, Henry is a deeply troubled young man and his pain is portrayed with poignancy. However, it is hard to see his romantic allure when his behavior is so manic.
Bethyl Ann, Tansy's lone friend in Cedar Canyon, is the most vibrant character in the novel. Her Shakespearean quips and girl genius persona are a breath of fresh air in the somber story. Yet it is Tansy's relationship with her ailing grandfather that is the emotional center of the novel, giving shade to her motivations and complexity to her character. In Through Her Eyes, Archer weaves a tale of love and friendship, poetry and past mistakes that will enthrall readers with its edge of Gothic menace.
Disclosure: I received an advance review copy of this novel from the author. This did not affect my review in any way.
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