When this month’s BlogHer Book Club selection arrived, I was nervous. Linwood Barclay’s Trust Your Eyes was described in the preceding email as a thriller, which is not my usual genre, but I figured I’d give it a chance. It turned out to be a big thriller, boasting a hefty 498 pages. Wow!
Fortunately it didn’t take long to get sucked into the story. Oftentimes I find that mysteries are not so mysterious; you can usually figure out what will happen fairly early on. This is not the case with Trust Your Eyes. You think you know what’s happening, then Barclay throws a curveball at you and you have to pause for a moment, stunned, to get your bearings again. I loved that!
Trust Your Eyes begins with the return of Ray Kilbride to his childhood home, where he must pick up the pieces after his father’s sudden death. It’s not just a burial and some paperwork that he must handle, however: there’s also his schizophrenic brother, Thomas, who has relied his entire adult life upon their father for assistance. While Thomas shuts out the real world, holed up in his room all the time, he believes he is a part of a very important mission for the federal government: he must memorize his way around the world so that, when catastrophe strikes and all the maps of the world are lost, he will be able to recreate them. It is while on one of his missions that he finds something funny, not quite right… and a murder plot is discovered. But who will believe a man who thinks he’s talking to Bill Clinton and sending the CIA task updates? Did he even see anything at all?
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Disclosure: The views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine alone, based upon my personal experience. While I received a complimentary copy of Trust Your Eyes from the BlogHer Book Club, which was used to write this review, as well as monetary compensation, there was no requirement for a positive review.