Review: Hide My Eyes by Margery Allingham

The book Hide My Eyes by Margery Allingham was originally published in 1958. I was recently granted the unique opportunity to read a special edition of Hide My Eyes published by The Folio Society of London including the addition of new original artwork by Alexandru Savecsu. 

As the novel opens, we witness a man carefully commit a calculated murder on the dark and rainy streets of London. The story is not so much a who-done-it as it is a will-he-get-away-with-it. The narrative shifts between a cast of interesting characters, each taking over alternate chapters to feed the reader what we need to know to piece together the story of the murder.

It’s clear early on who the culprit is. What is not clear is how the seemingly disparate narrators each connect to the deceivingly likable murderer. A kind old woman, a love-sick young man, a few detectives, and the murderer himself each give us a window into the tale of treachery. The author takes her time linking the different pieces of the story together, subtly ramping up the tension as we go deeper into the story and discover that this was only the latest in a string of serial murders.

Alexandru Savescu’s noirish art.

This Folio book is gorgeous and something I am happy to have in my collection. The paper quality is thicker and sturdier than most. The original illustrations by Alexandru Savescu are beautiful.  The angle of each image is focused on shadow or framed in such away that it feels as though you are surreptitiously peeking in on the characters. They add a visual noir touch to the dark tone of the story.

The Folio Society edition of Hide My Eyes by Margery Allingham, illustrated by Alexandru Savescu is available exclusively from http://www.foliosociety.com/book/HEY/hide-my-eyes

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