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8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

I barely could wait for Linwood Barclay¿s last novel! And what a

I barely could wait for Linwood Barclay’s last novel! And what a treat! The story line kept me reading till I finished it at 4:00 a.m. It is one of those books that you hate to see end and yet I could not wait to see how things turned out.

posted by mgabim on September 5, 2012

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

3.5 stars ¿ Very Good When Ray Kilbride¿s father dies unexpect

3.5 stars – Very Good


When Ray Kilbride’s father dies unexpectedly, the family home isn’t the only thing he inherits. He also must care for his schizophrenic brother Thomas. The obsessive Thomas would prefer to stay in his room with his photographic memory of maps and...
3.5 stars – Very Good


When Ray Kilbride’s father dies unexpectedly, the family home isn’t the only thing he inherits. He also must care for his schizophrenic brother Thomas. The obsessive Thomas would prefer to stay in his room with his photographic memory of maps and stare at the computer program Whirl360. At least that is the case until he stumbles upon a grainy image in a window that looks like a murder victim. Ray suddenly finds that taking care of Thomas isn’t just about keeping him fed and clothed. Now their very lives may depend on the answers he is able to unearth about a deadly conspiracy.

Trust Your Eyes is an intriguing thriller by veteran writer Linwood Barclay. The premise of a dysfunctional, but gifted Thomas gives the story a unique quality. Barclay does a prodigious job developing not only Thomas, but also his loving yet contentious relationships with both his deceased father and his brother Ray. Much of the story is told from Ray’s point-of-view. Barclay reveals the internal conflict Ray goes through regarding his brother’s condition in a striking, human way. The portrayal of their relationship is the highpoint of the book.

As for the plot, it is a pretty straightforward thriller, although it takes a long time to get going. It has the requisite chases, deaths and bad guys, but it is pretty standard fair. Unfortunately, the other characters – particularly the villains – are pretty cookie-cutter and the conclusion of the story is a bit too convenient. As thrillers go, it is pretty average.

Still, the strength of Trust Your Eyes is in the portrayal of Thomas and his obsessive nature. Barclay’s writing really brings out the relationship between Thomas and Ray in a convincing way. As a result, Trust Your Eyes is a solid thriller with a really well developed personal relationship.

posted by ChadAaronSayban on December 3, 2012

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  • Posted December 3, 2012

    3.5 stars ¿ Very Good When Ray Kilbride¿s father dies unexpect

    3.5 stars – Very Good


    When Ray Kilbride’s father dies unexpectedly, the family home isn’t the only thing he inherits. He also must care for his schizophrenic brother Thomas. The obsessive Thomas would prefer to stay in his room with his photographic memory of maps and stare at the computer program Whirl360. At least that is the case until he stumbles upon a grainy image in a window that looks like a murder victim. Ray suddenly finds that taking care of Thomas isn’t just about keeping him fed and clothed. Now their very lives may depend on the answers he is able to unearth about a deadly conspiracy.

    Trust Your Eyes is an intriguing thriller by veteran writer Linwood Barclay. The premise of a dysfunctional, but gifted Thomas gives the story a unique quality. Barclay does a prodigious job developing not only Thomas, but also his loving yet contentious relationships with both his deceased father and his brother Ray. Much of the story is told from Ray’s point-of-view. Barclay reveals the internal conflict Ray goes through regarding his brother’s condition in a striking, human way. The portrayal of their relationship is the highpoint of the book.

    As for the plot, it is a pretty straightforward thriller, although it takes a long time to get going. It has the requisite chases, deaths and bad guys, but it is pretty standard fair. Unfortunately, the other characters – particularly the villains – are pretty cookie-cutter and the conclusion of the story is a bit too convenient. As thrillers go, it is pretty average.

    Still, the strength of Trust Your Eyes is in the portrayal of Thomas and his obsessive nature. Barclay’s writing really brings out the relationship between Thomas and Ray in a convincing way. As a result, Trust Your Eyes is a solid thriller with a really well developed personal relationship.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2013

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    The first section of the book was very difficult to follow. It k

    The first section of the book was very difficult to
    follow. It kept going from one person's story to another
    person's story...It eventually connected.
    The last part of the novel was quite good though slightly
    surreal...that is if one wasn't too distracted by the
    profound amount of profanity. There were a few typos but
    the writing style was, mostly, OK. The ending was quite
    good yet there were missing pieces one would have liked
    filled in to give the novel a feeling of completeness.
    The story includes a man with mental illness -his hobby is
    cartography, a man who, successfully, did character drawings
    for a living, a wannabe reporter, and several other people - most all
    were unhappy with themselves and their inability to be
    more successful. They were mostly all dysfunctional people.
    Their were a few good morals to the story if one searches
    for them. It was understandable why the author felt the need
    to use such despicable language to emphasize this point.
    Key points were sibling relationships & rivalry, political
    aggression, friendships, deceit, some romance, death & grieving,
    violence, corruption, schizophrenia, kidnapping.
    I am grateful to the author for their generosity in donating
    this book for an honest review of which I have given.

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