Linwood Barclay

Trust Your Eyes

"This new novel finds Linwood Barclay in top form."


Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves the self-imposed bastion of his bedroom. But with a computer program called, he travels the world while never so much as stepping out the door. He pores over and memorizes the streets of the world. He examines every address, as well as the people who are frozen in time on his computer screen.

Then he sees something that anyone else might have stumbled upon—but has not—in a street view of downtown New York City: an image in a window: an image that looks like a woman being murdered.

Thomas's brother, Ray, takes care of him, cooking for him, dealing with the outside world on his behalf, and listening to his intricate and increasingly paranoid theories. When Thomas tells Ray what he has seen, Ray humours him with a half-hearted investigation. But Ray soon realizes he and his brother have stumbled onto a deadly conspiracy: and now they are in the crosshairs.

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There is more to this book than just the brothers, Ray and Thomas, looking into the image found on the internet. Other stories that run parallel to the main one are Ray's concern regarding his dad's accident as he is not convinced it was an accident as is his suspicion about an incident that occurred when Thomas was just thirteen. Each of these instances carries themselves and then seamlessly joins at the right point within the book. 'Trust Your Eyes' is an unusual novel which leads to a very interesting and fast moving story. However, Barclay still manages to develop the main characters around both the plot itself and their personal lives, giving them depth and dimension. Throughout I was kept guessing about the two incidents and like many stories, all was revealed but as generally happens, few events are simple and things can spiral out of control. On top of a great plot and interesting, believable characters, Barclay also manages to inject some humour into the book. 'Trust Your Eyes' was a superb read that had me riveted and not able to rest until I had reached the end. This new novel finds Linwood Barclay in top form.

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