Eyes Wide Open

Eyes Wide Open

by Andrew Gross
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Eyes Wide Open by Andrew Gross

“Gross is a top-notch thriller writer.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“Andrew Gross knows how to make your skin crawl. Eyes Wide Open should be read with the door shut and the lights on; a truly terrifying descent into evil.”
—Nelson DeMille

New York Times bestselling author Andrew Gross solidifies his position as one of today’s very best suspense authors with Eyes Wide Open. Joining his previous bestsellers The Blue Zone, The Dark Tide, Don’t Look Twice, and Reckless, Eyes Wide Open is another brilliant example of the contemporary thriller done absolutely right. In this relentlessly exciting page-turner, a man must investigate a shattering personal tragedy that is somehow connected with a charismatic cult leader from the ‘60s. James Patterson, Harlan Coben, David Baldacci, John Grisham, Jonathan Kellerman, Jeffery Deaver, Lisa Gardner, Nelson DeMille, Tess Gerritsen—Andrew Gross stands tall in their elite company.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062092427
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/12/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 84,633
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Andrew Gross is the author of the New York Times and international bestsellers Everything to Lose, No Way Back, 15 Seconds, Eyes Wide Open, Reckless, Don't Look Back, The Dark Tide, and The Blue Zone. He is also coauthor of five number one bestsellers with James Patterson, including Judge & Jury and Lifeguard. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages.

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Eyes Wide Open 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
LibrisAnnelid More than 1 year ago
This novel is an entertaining and fast read. It is generously peppered with references familiar to readers who know California's central coast. The plot is relatively direct. The cast of characters, easily imagined. It plays out in the mind like television. This comes at the expense (or annoyance) of excessively developing character, location and subplot, again like television. The story gave the two of us here who read it enjoyment and fodder for discussion and comment. There were mercifully few places where I could not suspend my disbelief for the sake of the story. Also, insights into human nature come from outside the story, not within! All in all, it was an entertaining mystery lover's confection.
wiggsMD More than 1 year ago
I've read his other books and enjoyed them. This one...not so much. It's a thinly disguised retelling of the Manson (Squeeky, Tex and the rest) cult murders. Even the names Gross uses for his characters are similar.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
nurse97 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, as i have enjoyed all of his books! The ending wasnt what i expected, but that is why he is such an excellent writer. You won't be sorry if u purchase this.
Tweetle More than 1 year ago
First book by this author that I have read-and it was a good one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started out as a good thriller. As the story progressed,became too much like the Manson story. I also have to question whether Dr. Jay was released from the hospital with his mouth still wired shut. Normally it takes longer than a few days for a broken jaw to heal. Also, is there a sequel since we were left hanging at the end. For the most part, I enjoyed reading the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Valca85 More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate to receive a free ARC copy of this book. This is one of those books that will catch your attention and not let go until the last line. One of those books that will still be in your hands long past bedtime. It is a complex storyline, with all the expected twists (and then some) and with a sinister backdrop that will chill you as you turn the pages. The characters are very interesting. The way the author handles the bipolar and schitzophrenic Evan, Charlie and Gabby shows how comfortable he is with his creations. Their dialogue feels natural and even their delusions have a steady core of truth. There is no melodrama here. Jay, the main character, provides a lucid wall for them to bounce against as he tries to discover just what happened to Evan, his nephew. The villain, a Manson-like cult leader, has that charm and coldness that rings real enough to frighten the reader. I will not be forgetting him any time soon. When it comes to the plot, I could tell how carefully planned it had been. Most of the pieces fit together perfectly, propelling the reader down through secrets that werekept hidden for too long. There are a couple of plot points that weren't completely resolved, and which left me wondering. They were not extremely important and could have easily been cut out, which make me question why they weren't. But don't let that put you off, this is a book to read. I can highly recommend this book to anyone who loves thrillers, mysteries, or just a well-crafted novel. Just don't be surprised if you can't look at a dollar bill quite the same ever again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Andrew Gross is one of the best authors. His books keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat.
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Pretty good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fast-paced, exciting and chilling story of retribution by a Manson-like cult. A doctor risks his marriage, career, and ultimately his life while searching for the truth behind his nephew's suicide. I had a hard time putting it down, but as an animal lover, I have to warn future readers that there are several scenes of graphic violence towards pets that I felt were unnecessary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is about a suicide that quickly evolves into a murder mystery, with a Charlie Manson look alike in the background. A drugged out family,blessed with a psychotic son, who hates his parents to the point of abusing them verbally and physically, but they still love each other very deeply. The word dysfunctional is to meek to describe their relationship with each other, and the hero, who is a half brother. All along the Manson like character controls two disciples who commit a chain of murders, from a maximum security prison. Hard to fathom? You bet ya. The story ends with a puzzle that I don't believe even Mr. Gross completely understood, just for the sake of leaving everyone who read the book to the end in limbo.
KISKA777 More than 1 year ago
Great book !
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It seemed a rip off on the charles manson murders
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Why would a doctor get so involved in his messed up brother's life? This same brother knew why but kept silent about his son's murder. The book is a thriller. I did not like it though. As far as the ending, it seems obvious the revenge is not over.
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Fast paced, kept me interested. Hoping for a sequel
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