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Eyes Wide Open

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

exciting thriller

In Morro Bay, California, twenty-one year old Evan Erlich leaps off a rock to his death in what was an apparent suicide. Evan's father Charlie calls his younger brother Jay with the news. Though the siblings are estranged, Jay leaves his medical practice to go across ...
In Morro Bay, California, twenty-one year old Evan Erlich leaps off a rock to his death in what was an apparent suicide. Evan's father Charlie calls his younger brother Jay with the news. Though the siblings are estranged, Jay leaves his medical practice to go across the country to Grover Beach to be there for his sibling and his sister-in-law Gabriella.

Charlie tells Jay he had troubled Evan committed out of fear his son would kill himself, but does not believe the lad took his life. However the state released Evan just before he killed himself. Being a doctor, Jay believes the institution has negligence liability based on their releasing a potential suicidal person. Jay investigates his nephew's death and soon uncovers murky links to other questionable deaths and Charlie's 1970s relationship with cultist murderer Russell Houvnanian while the local cops starting with dedicated Detective Sherwood tell him to go home.

With an obvious link to the Manson murders, this exciting thriller starts off as a slow paced family drama as parents and an uncle deal with the suicide of the next generation. However, once Jay begins his resolute obstinate inquiry, the plot accelerates as he begins to find a horrific murderers' row which targets the Erlich trio.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on June 5, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Anonymous

This book left me a state of unsettleness. First a doctor who seems to have everything going for himself and his family takes off and leaves his family to help out his loser of a half brother. Second, this book parallels to the Manson family and his brood of drugged u...
This book left me a state of unsettleness. First a doctor who seems to have everything going for himself and his family takes off and leaves his family to help out his loser of a half brother. Second, this book parallels to the Manson family and his brood of drugged up hippies. It scared me then and it scares me now. I don't like to be riminded of those horrendous murders. Third the author did the unthinkable, he did not give the story a proper ending. Am I suppose to figgure it out. After reading through 300 some pages only to come to that conclusion. It absolutely drives me crazy.

posted by 8429876 on December 10, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2011

    not recommended

    I have enjoyed Andrew Gross's other books, but I thought this book was not worth reading. I found the storyline to be very far fetched and unnecessarily violent.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 24, 2012

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