The kindle edition of My Grandfather’s Eyes, a dark psychological drama, was published in 2013.
Alex’s story is told, in the first person and present tense and draws the reader into her world of extremely well drawn and distinct, albeit not always likeable, characters that surround her. The narrative begins with the death of Alex’s grandfather, his funeral and the first signs that maybe something about this family is slightly skewed. The heated words Alex overhears exchanged between her mother and father later that night unnerve her although she’s not sure why.
Or perhaps, even before that, my grandfather’s accident had unbalanced me. I felt the loss of him, certainly. He was gone and there was no one to replace him.
And then, back to the present where Alex’s husband, Richard, is in hospital in a critical condition as Alex waits for news. Thereafter the timeline alternates between past and present giving an insight into Alex’s sometimes irrational thoughts and feelings, or rather the lack of them, since she was a young child.
Alex’s physical appearance, and how it affects herself and others, may have sown the seeds for her heartless, and sometimes callous, behaviour but whatever the reason there are only two people she loves; her grandfather and her best friend since childhood, Lizzy. She selfishly manipulates situations and people, without conscience, to achieve her own desires regardless of any negative effects.
Some things are difficult to remember. Others stay sharp. The trip to London is as clear to me now as it was on that bright November day when, had I understood, I might have had the chance to change the future.