Wednesday 16 December 2009

Miss X Reviews: It's in the Eyes - Charles Toftoy

It's in the Eyes by Charles Toftoy

Genre: Thriller
Pages: 326
Published: August 2009


It's spring in Washington, DC - a beautiful time of year in the nation's capital, yet its citizens are uneasy. Their heightened restlessness is reminiscent of the recent 9/11, sniper, and anthrax scares. But this time the enemy is a psychopathic killer responsible for the deaths of four local university co-eds - raping and murdering them using rituals practiced by the Thuggees, killers for the Goddess Kali who were responsible for the deaths of more than two million travelers in India in the 17th and 18th centuries.

It's up to Lars Neilsen, a college professor and part-time sleuth, and his highly skilled Alpha Team to find out who is committing these atrocious murders. But Lars and his team are in for a few nasty surprises along the way..

Charles Toftoy’s book “It’s in the eyes” is a thriller, but the author was inspired by true events. The book tells the story of a series of deaths that have occurred in Washington, D.C.

Four young women have been brutally raped and murdered, with the same MO that Thuggees in the 17th and 18th centuries used when they killed millions of travelers in India to honor Goddess Kali. The parents to one of the murdered women, unsatisfied with how the local police department has handled the case, ask professor Lars Neilsen and his team to investigate the murder, in co-operation with the FBI. Professor Lars Neilsen’s team consists of Nathan Greene who works at a funeral home, Doris Wagner who is a former FBI profiler, and the journalist, Brenda Little. Together they form a tightly knit group where everyone has something to offer to the investigation.

In their hunt for the people responsible for the deaths of the four young women, Lars Neilsen and his team will realize that they themselves are in danger and they must quickly solve the difficult case before someone else is brutally raped or murdered.  They must also ask themselves if they are looking for just one person who has raped and murdered these women or if several people are involved. The investigation leads Lars Neilsen all the way across the ocean, to Ireland, in search of the murderer.

The book is very good and offers many thrilling scenes, among which can be mentioned a snake bite and a lethal spider. It is a book that truly shows that everything is not what it first seems to be. The book has a very surprising ending. It was certainly not the ending I suspected when I read the book.

It was truly enjoyable to read “It’s in the Eyes” and I warmly recommend it to everyone that is a fan of thrillers.

Thank you Miss X for your thoughts on this exciting thriller. A dangerous psychopath using century old rituals, sounds pretty scary.  Something for all you thriller, mystery murder fans out there.

I hope you enjoyed this new feature, I called in an expert on the subject to really get to bottom of this book, and to give this blog some diversity.

And now for a couple of my own thoughts since I usually end my own reviews in a certain way.

Blodeuedd's Cover Corner. That is one creepy cover.
Reason for Reading: From the publisher, but Miss X reviewed it and the thoughts she expressed are her own.
Final thoughts: A scary thriller on a dark night perhaps.


  1. I agree - the cover is creepy but the books sounds great. I'll have to add it to my list.


  2. Hats off to Ms X for the review. You are right Blodeuedd, very creepy cover! But the story does sound intriguing. Kinda like Life After 187, the one I just reviewed. Never would have expected it to end that way. But it was an awesome book! Will you be reading this book too??
    Ms. X, again, loved the review!
    Hope you ladies have a wonderful day!

  3. Thank you, mystery Ms X. I liked your review!
    My first thought was indeed that the cover is frightening, Blodeuedd!
    Looking forward to your other experts and their expertise!

  4. CJ
    Creepy oh yes, but then again creepy sure fits this book. The cover sure brings some attention.

    Let's see if I can get Miss X to come over and say hi too, she is dreadfully busy poor thing.
    Creepy for sure, but this kind of books gotta have that.
    Hm, like that one, interesting.

    It is on my list, but you know that list ;) We'll see if Miss X will let go of it and give it back, she did like it a lot..and it is

    Glad you liked my little feature. Fun to bring in something new too

  5. I can't get past that creepy cover, but it does sound interesting. I like the new blog feature!

    Diary of an Eccentric

  6. Thanks Anna, that is good to hear.
    Oh yes creepy and fitting

  7. It was a really good book, yes.
    FUn thing to do

  8. With my love of thriller, I'll have to take a peek! Wow, sounds like an intense read! Great review!

    Dottie :)

  9. Dottie,
    You do seem to go for those :)



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