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Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
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Trust Your Eyes (edition 2012)

by Linwood Barclay (Author)

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Title:Trust Your Eyes
Authors:Linwood Barclay (Author)
Info:NAL (2012), Edition: First Edition, 512 pages
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Thomas Kilbride, a schizophrenic, map-obsessed, shut-in, tours the world using a computer program and witnesses what he believes to be a murder in downtown New York City. He enlists his caretaker brother, Ray, in an effort to investigate. Ray humors him by looking into the matter only to stumble upon a deadly conspiracy that puts both brothers right in the crosshairs.

This story switches back and forth between Ray, trying to deal with Thomas after their father’s accidental death, and the bad guys who are trying to fix their mistake. It was interesting with good pacing so information came out throughout, not just at the end. There were many surprises along the way, including right at the very end. It was a stretch in a few places but otherwise mostly believable and occasionally, a bit of humor. I liked this a lot and will read more by Barclay. ( )
  gaylebutz | Aug 12, 2018 |
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 Whirl360.com, 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 humors 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… ( )
  OldFrenchie | Mar 12, 2018 |
Ray’s father has died in an accident. He father lived with and took care of Ray’s adult schizophrenic brother, Thomas. Thomas spends all his time online, memorizing city maps/streets – all cities around the world. He thinks he is helping the CIA. When Thomas thinks he sees a murder in one of the windows from the street map/view he is memorizing, he insists Ray go check out what happened. In the meantime, Allison has had an affair with a politician’s wife and is now blackmailing her. It doesn’t take long for this to go horribly wrong.

It took a little while to set this one up, but about 1/3 of the way in, it really got going and with 1/3 of the book left, it cranked up another notch. There were an additional couple of surprises at the very end. ( )
  LibraryCin | Feb 14, 2017 |
What a great suspenseful book. Definitely a page turner - make sure you have time to read the last 100 pages in one sitting because you won't want to put it down until you have all the answers. ( )
  lynnski723 | Dec 31, 2016 |
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Thomas Kilbride is a schizophrenic who spends his days and nights on a Web site called Whirl360. He travels the world without ever leaving his bedroom and memorizes the details of every street in every city. Then one day, he sees an image that looks like a woman being murdered in a window in New York City. Thomas’s brother, Ray, knows Thomas’s paranoia all too well. But if this time it’s real, both of them will have more to deal with than Thomas’s delusions. Because someone somewhere is watching them.

My Thoughts:

Barclay has a knack for dropping clues early in the novel, which come to an interesting conclusion, while keeping the reader guessing throughout. He also makes some of the scenes actually humorous, where I found myself actually smirking from the clever twists and situations the main characters find themselves in. While there's nothing altogether unpredictable or groundbreaking about the plot, Barclay's pacing is perfect to fuel page-flipping suspense. Most of the storyline is rooted in rational decisions by his characters. The only thing I found a bit unbelievable was Ray's willingness to continue investigating a murder with no compelling personal interest in the matter despite mounting evidence that doing so poses mortal danger to him, his brother. A small thing and it in no way took anything away from this terrific read.

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  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
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The surprise plot twists in Trust Your Eyes fall into the following categories and numbers: plot twists the reader can see coming, three; twists the reader might, with a little effort, anticipate; five; plot twists that nobody could figure on in a million years, 364. With the book, Barclay emerges as the writer in the thriller business with the most wicked skill at pulling the rug from under his readers.

The plot gets going when a computer nerd, working with a program not unlike Google Earth, spots a murder in progress in New York City. He and his brother investigate, and the surprises commence. And, oh yes, the nerd happens to be a good-hearted schizophrenic.
added by VivienneR | editThe Toronto Star, Jack Batten (Jan 21, 2013)
 
Some days, all you really want is for someone to tell you a ­wicked-good story...Barclay can’t resist over-­plotting an already complex story, but his propulsive narrative style drives right over these bumps. He’s also shrewd enough to slow down the pace for some credible characterizations...laying the groundwork for the knock-your-socks-off ending.
 
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#1 international bestselling author Linwood Barclay’s novels have been praised as “compelling” (The Associated Press), “gripping” (The Wall Street Journal), and “fast-paced” (The Washington Post).

Now, Barclay returns with a thrilling story in which two brothers suddenly find themselves pulled into a frightening vortex of power and murder…


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 Whirl360.com, 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 humors 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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A schizophrenic, map-obsessed, shut-in who tours the world using a computer program witnesses what he believes to be a murder in downtown New York City and enlists his caretaker brother in an effort to investigate.

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