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Review - Behind Blue Eyes - Love Reign O'er Me - by Anne-Marie Klein


Behind Blue Eyes: Love Reign O'er Me is a work of "rock fiction" by Toronto author Anne-Marie Klein. It's the first in a planned series of four books; the second, Behind Blue Eyes: Love Ain't For Keeping, is also available, while volumes three and four are in the works. 


First, what is “rock fiction?” It’s a novel that uses rock music as part of its subject matter. In this case the main characters are musicians. 


Behind Blue Eyes: Love Reign O'er Me takes place in Toronto in 1978 and 1979. It centers around the life, triumphs, and troubles of young songwriter Ian Harrington. Ian is extremely talented and good looking, but he’s also very insecure. He's the victim of an emotional detached upbringing, his own heightened sensitivity, and formative years spent in British boarding schools. Ian was born into privilege but has trouble navigating the world.


The story opens with Ian meeting Sarah, a beautiful young daughter of a successful record executive. Sarah takes Ian into her world and offers him the potential to make all of his dreams come true. Ian goes for it, but life for him is never easy. His demons constantly threaten to sabotage everything he and the people around him are working so hard to build. 


Along the way we meet a fabulous cast of characters in various bandmates, relatives, music people, and fashion models. As the months of 1979 Toronto roll by, things turn on a dime; just when you think all is going well, situations change. 


Behind Blue Eyes: Love Reign O'er Me is a wonderfully entertaining novel. Its period details are accurate, its scenes are engrossing and surprising, and Klein's love of music and of the city of Toronto shine through. I can't wait to read the second book in the series and see what happens in the lives of Ian, Sarah, and the rest.


The Behind Blue Eyes series is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online retailers.