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Eyes Wide Open

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  2,365 ratings  ·  372 reviews
A horrible family tragedy that may not be what it seems . . .

A past encounter with an infamous killer turns deadly today . . .

An ordinary man must risk his own family to find the truth.

Jay Erlich's nephew has been found at the bottom of a cliff at Morrow Bay. It's all just a tragic suicide, until secrets from the past begin to rear up again. Did a notorious killer, jailed
ebook, 448 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Ugh. I picked up Eyes Wide Open because I was hoping for the same non-stop action, heart-pounding page-turner that was 15 Seconds, which I enjoyed this past summer. Unfortunately, Eyes Wide Open was not that book. The unoriginal plot not only was messy and extremely repetitive. Pace was frustratingly slow. The characters were not only unlikable, but confusing. The villains defied logic. And the police are useless. However, there were some wonderful suspenseful moments. I also applaud Gross for u ...more
This was my first stab (no pun intended) at one of Gross's books outside his co-writing with James Patterson. Sorry, but I have a serious bone to pick: if you're going to write a book about Charles Manson, then write a book about Charles Manson. Some of the details in this book about the cult at the center of the storyline and the murders they committed were SO derivative of the real-life circumstances that I actually shouted "Oh, come ON!" out loud more than once. If you are familiar enough wit ...more
A brilliant psychological thriller, and to this date, the best book I have read this year. I was hooked from the first few pages and I read the book cover to cover in a single sitting.

Killing Hour (aka Eyes Wide Open) was written with such passion and emotion that I was not surprised to find in the author's notes, that the book was rooted in reality and not fiction. Andrew Gross based this novel, perhaps in some cathartic manner, on his own tragic and deeply personal family loss.

Beginning with
Andrew Gross is quickly becoming my favorite mainstream thriller writer. His Ty Hauck series are tight suspense mysteries set in a Wall Street setting, making them a little out of the ordinary for this genre.

Yet Killing Hour is different. This time, Gross sets up a more intimate setting with no economic under-currents. It is his most personal work to date as you find out from his afterword. A deeply troubled young man kill himself and his uncle, a successful doctor, comes to California to suppor
Bonnie Brody
I was drawn to this book because of its described theme - a mystery dealing with a cult-like group in the 1960's very much like the Manson Family. The book turned out to be a quintessential thriller and page-turner, just right for the beach or the plane. While repetitive in parts, it held my interest and was a good read.

The novel is about Jay Erlich, a successful Westchester doctor who finds out that his bi-polar nephew, Evan, has taken his own life. Jay flies out to California to be with his br
I usually enjoy reading books that feature areas I know well. In this case, Morro Bay and the surrounding area. There are some mistakes or odd terms in this one, however:

* On the book flap Morro Bay is called Morrow Bay. (should be Morro Bay)

* Inside the book the rock is called Morro Bay Rock. (should be Morro Rock)

* Book flap and elsewhere says the boy jumped off a cliff. Morro Rock is not a cliff.

* Although the time period is contemporary - early 21st century - the city of Santa Maria is said
Barbara ★
Having read and greatly enjoyed The Blue Zone, I was expecting to once again be wowed. Well that didn't happen. Eyes Wide Open has an exceedingly slow plot that really didn't have anything all that surprising. It was extremely repetitive and rather boring at times. The author used the same ploys over and over again. Other than the main character Jay Erlich, all the others were plainly unlikable and contrary. They'd say one thing and then immediately do the opposite. It was just confusing and irr ...more
Comments: “An energetic story with brisk action and a personal tale about a family gone awry .. vivid story-telling makes each aspect of EYES WIDE OPEN creepily realistic, including the chilling ending. ” (Miami Herald )

We have a dysfunctional family -- a young man who is bipolar and perhaps a bit schizophrenic that makes him suicidal. His parents are down and out -- his dad is an old stoner who couldn't make it as a success in the music biz. His uncle is a Doctor and is the only one in the fam
Jul 06, 2011 Brenda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suspense thriller lovers
Wow! I read this really quickly... 1)It needs to get back to the library and 2)...I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN!~!

Dr Jay Handler's nephew Evan, has committed suicide. Jay rushes to California to his brother Charlie, and sister-in-law Gabriella's sides, to help them through this traumatic time. Charlie's past was extremely troubled, including drugs and problems with the law, as well as being diagnosed as bi-polar at a young age. Evan was also bi-polar, and had tendencies towards violence and when he tri
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 comfort
A successful surgeon, Jay Erlich, tries to help his less than successful half brother, Charlie, following the death of his nephew. A cult murder which occurred 30 some odd years prior, ties into the death of five "involved" people and pulls Jay well into the labyrinth of secrets, terror and lies that haunted Charlie. The characters were well developed and the circumstances made your skin crawl, especially at the end.
I thought I would like this more than I did. The plot dragged a bit and every one of the characters frustrated me with their inaction. There was also a lot of bad animal stuff in this book that I did not like. And finally, Andrew Gross has written several books with James Patterson and has copied Patterson's most annoying writing habits. His overuse of italics and exclamation points annoyed me even more than when Patterson does it because it seemed like he was just copying. If you need italics a ...more
Titi Sanaria
Buku ini sebenarnya tidak pernah masuk dalam daftar bidikanku karena belum pernah baca karya Andrew Gross sebelumnya. Buku ini ada ditanganku karena suami yang membelikannya. Karena panduannya untuk membelikanku buku adalah 'cari yang paling tebal yang ada di tumpukan' maka sampailah buku ini di tanganku yang lantas shock karena ini adalah versi asli dan bukan terjemahan!! Jadilah aku tertatih-tatih membacanya dan butuh beberapa hari untuk menyelesaikannya. ini buku ketiga yang aku baca dalam ba ...more
Julie Masterton
Basically the story is okay, but kind of all over the place with a mysterious suicide, a Manson-like cult leader, a Sheriff with (literally) the heart of a dead minister, and an annoying uncle, running all over the place saying, "But you've gotta believe me; I'm a doctor!"

Unfortunately, the book is twice as long as it needs to be. Here's what happens again and again: Person A thinks about, in detail, a long, complicated, theoretical explanation for what is going on. Then two pages later, Person
Daniel Rudge
A winner from Andrew Gross that works well on many levels. Great characters, great story, well-paced plot and a definite edge to it. I was initially nervous about the book because an on-line review said that once you start this book it will make you forget about your family, friends and work until you finish it. While it didn't quite go there it was a very good psychological thriller. The story focuses on the efforts of Jay Erlich, a NY doctor who travels to Morro Bay to comfort his brother Char ...more
Eyes Wide Open by Andrew Gross is a story that builds and builds and builds, until you suddenly realize you are reading something that is an intriguing, creepy (and getting creepier every moment), and complicated too. The story starts with Jay and his wife celebrating their wedding anniversary and appreciating the comfortable life they have together. Then they are called by Jay's brother Charlie to be told that their nephew, Charlies only son Evan, has just committed suicide. Jay flies out to su ...more
Nurse Lisa in Ohio

Thrilling page turner that is well written and super tough to put down.

I am probably an "official super fan" of Mr. Gross' writings; I seriously devour each literary installment as though I have been deprived of written works by talented authors or something!

Seriously, if you enjoy a good thriller, I encourage you to check Mr. Gross' novels out - good stuff.

Thanks! 8-)
Lisa the NookWorm
Watch out who you run around with. They may seem like your friends but WATCH OUT. They may be using you for their own benefit.

Charlie likes to party a lot. His father does the same. They hang out with a group of people who are not very likable. They all get into trouble. Charlie calls the police and most of them go to jail. Some have 20 years sentences, others get 15 year sentences. The head of the group receives a life sentence.

Many years later, suicides are happening around town. Are these REA
Thank God I am done with this book. I tried to make myself stay up late last night to finish it, but it was so bad I didn't have the strength. This is one of those books where you dislike the suppose good guy so much, you want the bad guy to please go ahead and quickly kill him.

You can see this plot unfolding a mile away, but our beloved hero, who should be somewhat intelligent since he announces to everyone under every circumstance, I'm a doctor, is still so surprised he resorts to overtired c
----One man's dogged belief that his nephew's death was not a suicide, made for a very good read.
----Dr. Jay Erlich from "Back East" heads to California for a few days to be with his grieving brother and wailing wife.
----Evan, the nephew, apparently walked away from a safe "rehab" facility and chose to take a flying leap off of a big rock. But multiple circumstances just don't seem to add up
----Police are not interested. The young man's parents are barely surviving and just aren't important enou
This book sucked me in from the very first page. I have enjoyed all his books that I have read.
Jay, who is a doctor, travels to see his brother (living on welfare in CA) when the brother's bipolar son jumps from a cliff and dies. Is it suicide or not? In trying to get some answers for his brother, Jay finds clues that this is somehow connected to his brother's past. He used to live at a commune in the 60ties. He says he left before there was a multi-victim murder by people living there. In truth
Lynette Barfield
Enjoyed this tremendously . First of his as a solo author that I have read, but won't be the last.
Loved it! if you like mystery/thrillers, add this to your list!
Shirley Thomas
It was a quick read but as shelved, it was lukewarm for me.

I wonder what was it that made me keep on reading, when I didn't really feel any connection to anybody -- except for the detective who helped our main character; a connection that happened way later in the book.

There were not many surprises; some attempts at drama and plot twists. I'd say Gross is all right with the latter; not so much with build up and tension.

I got Eyes Wide Open as a sub; originally wanted another title from Mr. Gross
I felt like I was rereading Helter Skelter...
Excellent thriller. Great for a summer read.
Holly Morey
The premise of this book was good, but it got a bit outlandish in the middle. I think the author was trying to add to much to the book. The book could have done without the first chapter, which was not explained until later and could have been left out altogether. The book would have been just as good if it had started with the death of Jay's nephew. Was it a suicide or murder? Once I got into the story I did enjoy the mystery and I liked the ending, though I felt that left the story open for a ...more
Jay Erlich, a surgeon from the East Coast, arrives in Morro Bay, CA to be with his mentally-ill, drug-addled older half-brother Charlie after the Charlie’s 21-year old son Evan, who has the same metal issues, reportedly committed suicide by jumping off a cliff. During the bereavement visit, which Jay had hoped would be a quick one, Jay comes to believe Charlie and his wife’s claim that Evan was murdered. Jay tries to pick through the tangled vines of Charlie’s wasted life, which includes some ti ...more
Eyes Wide Open is an engrossing mystery novel you can't put down. All the elements for a great read are present, believable characters, logical plot development, background with an integrated timeline, plausible story even if a borrowed plot, the right amount of tension, and except for an unwanted open ending added to perhaps provide a segue to a sequel, the novel is perfect. Andrew Gross has developed a style such that I always expect the very best and in Eyes Wide Open: A Novel, he did not dis ...more
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