by The Book Guild Ltd,
28 September 2021.
ISBN: 978-1-91391345-8 (PB)
Ben flies off to Indonesia. He and his team, Dr Ardhi Durmali, a forestry economist; Rick Wilson, a forester from Vancouver, and Yulia, a Chinese Indonesian who is passionate about protecting forest communities, travel into the rain forest and begin their work inspecting and recording the number of trees being felled. All seems to be in order in the areas that come within their inspection remit, and Ben concludes that selective tree felling of the kind organised between the Indonesians and British furniture maker Trevor Arnott can work.
But then, an American activist, a grey-haired granny called Linda Smith, who has the environment-loving, Australian pop idol Rob Gilmore in tow, encourages Ben to extend his inspections further into the forest.
Loath to get
involved with illegal logging, Ben and his team are about to leave the village
they have been staying in when disaster strikes.
as a single, beguiling tale, for me, Anna Holmes’ Blind Eye performed
more than one role. It is without doubt an excellent thriller peopled by a
variety of innovative and believable characters I couldn’t help worrying about.
But Holmes’ talent didn’t stop there. Blind Eye is also a
heart-wrenching treatise on the plight of the world’s rain forests, the people
who live in them, and our own futures if, through man’s greed for short-term
gain, we fail to protect our priceless environmental assets.
Reviewer: Angela Crowther
Angela Crowther is a retired scientist. She has published many scientific papers but, as yet, no crime fiction. In her spare time Angela belongs to a Handbell Ringing group, goes country dancing and enjoys listening to music, particularly the operas of Verdi and Wagner.