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Trust Your Eyes Hardcover – September 4, 2012

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“The best Barclay so far, a tale Hitchcock would have loved....Riveting, frequently scary, occasionally funny, and surprisingly, wonderfully tender....Great entertainment from a suspense master.”—Stephen King

“No one can thrill you and chill you better than Linwood Barclay. Trust me when I say you won't want to miss [this].”—Tess Gerritsen

“One of the best thrillers of the year!...where nothing and no one is all that they seem.”—Lisa Gardner
 
“Updates the voyeuristic hook of Rear Window for the Internet age….An up-to-the-moment thrill ride, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.”—William Landay

“Barclay's best book to date. Almost impossible to put down.”—Joy Fielding
 
“Dazzling. Barclay brings a classic Hitchcock premise into the 21st century with the power of an artist at the top of his game…This book deserves to catapult him to the top of every bestseller list.”—Joseph Finder

About the Author

Linwood Barclay, former columnist for the Toronto Star, is the #1 international bestselling author of nine critically acclaimed novels, including The Accident, Never Look Away, and No Time for Goodbye, which has been optioned for film. He lives near Toronto.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; First Edition edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451237900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451237903
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Yolanda S. Bean VINE VOICE on July 31, 2012
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Since discovering Barclay's books a few years ago, he has quickly risen to the top of the list of my favorite mystery authors. And this latest book is certainly not a disappointment! The premise has a very modern, Rear Window (Collector's Edition)-feel to it - two brothers are living together after their father's death, and one brother is schizophrenic and rarely leaves the house. Instead he explores the world through a website called Whirl360 (very similar to the Street View on Google Maps). In one of his New York City "visits" he inadvertently stumbles across what appears to be a murder. He convinces his brother to investigate it further and soon they become embroiled in a political conspiracy! As each pages turns, the plot gets twistier and twistier, making the book nearly impossible to put down! The book showcases Barclay's talents for getting regular people (no cops, lawyers, or private investigators) caught up in thrilling, exciting and complicated mysteries. The characters that he creates really spring to life off of the page, and here he does a particularly wonderful job in describing the relationship between these two brothers. I already can't wait to see what Barclay writes next!!
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Trust Your Eyes is a wonderfully intricate thriller with many twists, turns and surprises expertly crafted by Linwood Barclay into a fast, easy to read, novel not to miss.

Ray Kilbride and his Schizophrenic brother Thomas are inadvertently dragged into a murder related to sleazy NY politics. After the brothers' father dies, somewhat mysteriously, killed by a lawnmower accident, Ray, a talented illustrator, is faced with the problem of what to do with his younger brother Thomas. Thomas has spent years locked away in his room memorizing maps of all the major cities in the world, by using a computer website called Whirl360 (Google Earth like) . He believes he is working with the CIA through ex-president Bill Clinton. I realize how far-fetched this scenario may sound, but Barclay weaves this into plot involving politicians, assassins, and every imaginable law enforcement agency in the US.

Barclay has a knack for dropping clues early in the novel, which come to an interesting conclusion, while keeping the reader guessing throughout. He also makes some of the scenes actually humorous, where I found myself actually smirking from the clever twists and situations the main characters find themselves in.

Altogether this is an enjoyable ride which will keep you turning pages late into the night.
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To begin, this is not deep, classical literature. This is pure escapism, entertainment reading where you can simply allow yourself to get caught up in the story and take a ride for a short period of time. I enjoyed it for the entertainment it provided. I enjoyed it very much.

The protagonists are brothers, and the relationship does remind one of that between Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman in "The Rainman." (In fact, Linwood Barclay even makes mention of it himself, the paralell is so obvious) Ray Kilbride, an illustrator has come home to settle his recently deceased father's estate, and finds he must deal with his younger brother, Thomas, who suffers from mental illness. Thomas has an obessision that leads the brothers into trouble much larger than expected. The story is filled with twists and turns, and sometimes it is hard to tell where the story will go - something I appreciate.

Even though there were times when the story seemed a bit implausible - such as the close recall to "The Rainman," I really found myself eagerly reading this story, and found it difficult to put this down. And event though it is 500 pages, it is a very quick read. Something I like about Linwood Barclay's work is that his characters respond as normal characters would do in the exact same circumstances. In that, his characters always seem real to me, people I would meet on the street or have in my own life.

This is certainly not a book that I would keep in my personal library for years to come, but I wouldn't want to. This is a book that is entertaining, and with that, should be passed around and enjoyed!
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I pre-order all Barclay's books. He is usually a master of putting an ordinary person in an extraordinary situation. In 'Trust Your Eyes' a mentally troubled young man sees a blurry image on Whirl360, a website that has mapped all the cities of the world. The image appears to be a young woman being suffocated.

Thomas Kilbride shows his brother Ray the image and asks him to find out what happened. But Thomas' schizophrenia has Ray skeptical and he points out that the image is months, if not years old and there is nothing he can do. But a trip to New York for business has Ray checking the building where the image was captured.

The brothers are caught up in a fumbling conspiracy and the future of a political candidate.

Previous books by this author have been 'too close to home' real with raw emotion and that 'OMG, what would I do if it were me?' factor. But this story is thin, lacking the plausibility of previous works from Barclay. Too much coincidence, too many convenient circumstances.

Not among his best work.
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