Trust Your Eyes

I am a HUGE Linwood Barclay fan. I’ve read all his books, and I think Trust Your Eyes is his best by far. I didn’t just read this book, I inhaled it! I couldn’t get enough. He put so much suspense and intrigue into this thriller that it was next to impossible to put it down. Holy cow – it’s fantastic!! Set in Promise Falls New York, Thomas Kilbride is a young man with serious psychological issues, in fact he is a map-obsessed schizophrenic. His favourite pastime – his only pastime – is memorizing every street IN THE WORLD while hooked up to a program called Whirl360 on his computer. He has a photographic memory and can tell you how to find a bakery or a barber shop in a certain city half way around the world, even though he hardly ever steps outside his front door. Some would say this is amazing, some creepy, and some downright dangerous. Which it turns out to be when Thomas spots what he thinks is a murder being committed in New York City one day while whirling through the internet. How does he convince his brother Ray that what he saw is real, and not just the victim of his disturbed immagination. And how does Ray convince the authorities that something really nasty has taken place and this should be checked out. Thomas is full of paranoid theories, and it takes all Ray’s energy and intelligence, in the midst of dealing with their father’s death, to sort out fact from fiction. There are bits in the story about politicians and their handlers that really make you think – heavens, if any of this stuff is related to the real world – we are in deep do-do. And the best line I’ve read in a long time certainly has to be… “You don’t need brains to hold office; you only need votes.” (Ha ha, it made me think of a certain mayor.) If you’re not already a Linwood Barclay fan, read this book and you will be hooked. If you are a Linwood Barclay fan – what are you waiting for!

Comments (2) »

  1. Debby Said,

    October 15, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    Hey Linda!!!

    I couldn’t agree with you more about this Barclay novel!!! My Mom, myself, even my hubbie – the “reluctant reader” – all LOVED this novel!!! So fresh, so innovative, wonderful characters – well, your review summed it up very, very well!!!

  2. linda Said,

    October 18, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    I think it would make a fantastic movie.

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