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Trust Your Eyes

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  8,853 Ratings  ·  1,265 Reviews
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, 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 com ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Doubleday Canada (first published January 21st 2011)
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Sep 19, 2012 Arah-Lynda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-said
Stephen King says it best. My idea of a sweet ride is three days of rain, a fridge filled with snacks, and a new Linwood Barclay.

Right on. I picked this one up at the beginning of my last weekend. I just happened to be in my sweet spot………ready to select my next read.

King also said that it’s a tale Hitchcock would have loved and once again, he is spot on.

I have come to think of Barclay’s books as domestic thrillers. These things could happen to you or me. Today or tomorrow. This one is top notch

Anyone who has seen my book recommendation request list would know I am a big fan of novels that have the main character witnessing a crime/murder through a window. One of my favorite books from my early teens was "The Undertaker's Gone Bananas" by Paul Zindel, and as I got older, Cornell Woolrich's short story "It had to be Murder" (Rear Window) was added to my favorites list- Rear Window is also in my top ten movies list-Hitchcock one of my favorite directors...So when I saw reviews of TRUS
Glenn Sumi
Aug 06, 2014 Glenn Sumi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian
It’s been a really hectic week, so I wanted to lose myself in an escapist (but well-written) thriller. This book – the first I've read by author Linwood Barclay, former Toronto Star columnist – more than did the trick. I literally couldn’t put Trust Your Eyes down. It’s the kind of book where if I found myself with an extra 10 minutes during the day, I’d crack it open.

Thomas Kilbride, who’s been diagnosed with schizophrenia, has always been obsessed with maps. Now an adult, he spends nearly all
Aug 18, 2012 CuteBadger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ray Kilbride finds his life turned upside down when the accidental death of his father means having to move back home to look after his adult brother Thomas, who has schizophrenia. Thomas believes he is doing important work relating the safety of the USA, but while studying a mapping website he thinks he sees a murder in New York. Ray is despatched to investigate – is there anything to be found, or is it all in his brother’s head?

This is a really difficult book to review it would be really easy
Darcia Helle
The premise for this book fascinated me, and the opening pages sucked me right in. Barclay is, no doubt, a talented author and knows how to weave a good story. Unfortunately, this book didn't quite measure up to its promise.

The problems I had:

The pace is slow. The entire middle of the book drags, with information repeated and dwelled on so often that I had almost all of the plot figured out long before we got there.

Thomas, while an interesting character, struck me more as someone with high-fun
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, he travels the world while never stepping out the door. That is until he sees something in a street view of downtown New York City. Thomas's keen eyes have detected an image in a 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
Jun 18, 2012 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While Linwood Barclay is popular in our library, he still deserves to be as best-selling as Harlan Coben (which is why I said Barclay is the Rodney Dangerfield of thriller writers). He sides more on the domestic side of weird goings on such as disappearances, conspiracies, and murders, and his characters are always likeable every day kind of guys. This will make you look at Google Earth in a different and chilling way.

This is due in September.
Freda Malone
Jun 16, 2017 Freda Malone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Another Promise Falls novel so riveting, you just can't put it down. The blurb says it all. Tons of twists and turns, red herrings, strong characters as well as villains with an explosive end that leaves you so stunned you can't think straight. I LOVE this author, I can't say it loud enough. Another favorite this year.
Diane S ☔
There are parts of this story that I liked better than others. Loved the two brothers and the modern day take on Rear Window, this was a very clever device on the part of Barclay. Using a schizophrenic really added to this story and I enjoyed the map meanderings by this brother. I think in part the author added to many elements to this story, too many different plots, which made some of them not very believable to me. Do love this author and his writing style and look forward to his next book.
Oct 09, 2012 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
TRUST YOUR EYES. (2012). Linwood Barclay. ****.
I don’t remember for sure, but I think I read a review of this thriller in Marilyn Stasio’s column in the New York Times Book Review. This is the first encounter I’ve had with this author, and I almost put it back into my library book bag when I realized it was 498-pages long. Another turn-off was the one-word blurb on the front cover from Stephen King: “Riveting.” This could have referred to the length or the weight of the book based on King’s typ
Kirsten *Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again!"
Wow! Quite a page-turner!

This is basically an updated Rear Window, but without Grace Kelly. The book also reminded me of Daniel Palmer's thriller Delirious, except it was much better.

Like Delirious, you have two brothers, one mentally ill, and the other trying to deal with that.

The plot of witnessing a murder via a website similar to Google Earth was interesting. I've looked and seen pictures on Google Earth where you can see people and dogs in yards, so I can see how this would work.

The mental
Nov 12, 2015 E. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit, it took me a while to sort out all the characters and their story lines, but once it happened this book really took off. The way the different situations began to intersect and relate to each other was hugely entertaining.
There were several times I was gasping and laughing simultaneously.
Great characters, interesting twists (and lots of them) and an ending that was surprising.
This one hit all my criteria for five stars. I'm off to another Linwood Barclay right away!
Aug 22, 2012 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Linwood Barclay is a hugely successful author. His back catalogue include his memoir Last Resort, a series of comic thrillers featuring the character Zach Walker and seven very popular stand-alone novels. The first of these stand-alones is No Time For Goodbye which was the single bestselling novel in the UK in 2008, and has been optioned for a movie.

Linwood Barclay's latest release Trust Your Eyes will be published in the UK by Orion on 27 September 2012.

Trust Your Eyes hooked me in from the fir
Sep 14, 2012 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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Doubleday Canada|September 4, 2012|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-385-66957-3

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, 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 com
May 12, 2015 Christa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
Trust Your Eyes was a compelling book with some twists and turns. The characters were very interesting, the storyline was fast paced and kept me thinking, and I really liked the way all of the different angles of the storyline came together. I thought this was a very clever book.

Ray Kilbride returns home to Promise Falls, New York after the death of his father to put affairs in order. He has some decisions to make about his younger brother Thomas, as he is schizophrenic, spends all day in his ro
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Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay was such an unexpected pleasure. Unexpected because I have a tendency of figuring out the mystery in mystery novels. It is rare when I can be fooled by the ending in a good mystery novel. I usually see the twists early on. That’s why books like Trust Your Eyes are such a rare treat. This book had me fooled over and over again. It was so unique in its storyline and the plot twists ha
Barbara Kinsky
Sep 16, 2013 Barbara Kinsky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: linwood-barclay
If ever there was a best thriller of the year, this is it! With so much twists and turns as well as colorful characters, I just could not put this book down. Thomas is so delightfully funny! Well done, Mr Barclay. You have really created a masterpiece and I look forward to now reading your latest book!
Jun 13, 2016 Marilena. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Danny Trejo fans
Απίστευτο...είχα καιρό να γελάσω έτσι με βιβλίο.Τελικά το American crime fiction είναι μία κατηγορία απο μόνο του.

Luanne Ollivier
Sep 07, 2012 Luanne Ollivier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trust Your Eyes is the latest book from Canadian author Linwood Barclay. In tiny letters on the front cover it also says 'A Thriller.' This really should read A THRILLLER. Barclay is always good for a wild ride of a read, but this time he's outdone himself!

Thomas Kilbride loves maps. When a new computer program called Whirl360 is released he is in heaven. He can continue his 'work' - memorizing the streets of all the major cities in the world.

"You picked a spot anywhere on the globe and initiall
I'm so glad to tell you that I finished reading TRUST YOUR EYES by Linwood Barclay. That is not a compliment. Here's why.

1. Have you ever read a book in which nothing happened until well after the 200th page? That's the first and biggest problem with this book. I could excuse other faults if Barclay had interested me right away.

2. Too many sentence fragments are throughout the book. Barclay likes the predicate. So he often eliminates the subject. This appears to be a deliberate technique, bu
This is the first Linwood Barclay novel I’ve read and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. It’s not the usual sort of thing I read so I was somewhat reluctant to start it but it was much better than I expected. It’s not a literary novel and it doesn’t claim to be. It’s a good, no-nonsense thriller sort of novel.
Thomas Kilbride is in his thirties but he spends most of his time in his room using a street view website called Whirl360 to study and memorize cities around the world. He beli
I can always count on certain things when I read Linwood Barclay's novels, interesting characters, nail biting suspense and a great story.

In "Trust Your Eyes," Ray Kilborne, a man you might meet anyplace, comes home for his father's funeral. Then he must decide what to do with his brother, Tom. Tom is schizophrenic and spends most of his time glued to his computer.

Tom has a computer program called Whirl 360 which has a website that allows him to look at actual streets of cities around the world
Sep 04, 2012 Alla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“Trust your eyes” by Linwood Barclay follows Thomas Kilbridge, a schizophrenic who is in love with maps and the computer program Whirl360 which gives him the opportunity to see the world—when, while web-surfing New York City using Whirl 360, he sees someone’s head sticking out of the window and covered by a plastic bag. A murder is in process. He decides to get his brother Ray involved in investigating the matter and sends him to the place of the crime.

In a parallel plot, Morris Sawchuck is run
Thrillers usually aren’t my cup of tea but this one did have me engrossed, wanting to know what was going to happen next. It was interesting to see how the different characters (as diverse as a thirty-something schizophrenic guy who travels the world using a computer program a la Google maps, the bisexual wife of a prospective governor and an ex-Olympic gymnast turned assassin) linked together.

However, when I finished, it just felt like I’d read a book that had the pretext of the movie Rear Wind
Ok...again, if you are into these murder mystery thrillers this is probably a great one. My mother in law loaned me the book, otherwise I never would have read it. I struggle with the lack of character development, believability of the situations, etc. I know that what I should be focusing on in a book like this is the murder, the mystery, and the emotional twists and turns. Based upon those three things alone I would give this book a much higher rating....I just can't read that way. It was inte ...more
4.5 stars. Really enjoyed this one, which was the first novel I have read by Barclay. The story quickly pulls you in and never drops to a slow pace, yet it is not one of those action packed thrillers that overdoes it with describing the frenetic antics of the hero narrowly dodging one danger after another (I don't enjoy that type of thriller). The author has a great knack of ending each chapter with a sentence that makes you think, Ok, just one more chapter. Will definitely look for more novels ...more
Dec 08, 2016 Roxane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad read!

I think what's bugging me is that I like to be "in the dark" when I'm reading a book. I like not knowing what's going on behind the scenes, and learning new things as the main character learns them. In this book the POV shifts between everyone involved, so there are few surprises. It's a bit hard to feel interest in the main characters trying to figure out what happened in the window when you already know.

It had one or two good twists though.
Margaret Devaux
Jun 22, 2017 Margaret Devaux rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great book. It had several story lines that all connected. Very intense and enjoyable. Definitely worth the read.
Sep 11, 2012 Ms.pegasus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a fast summer suspense thriller
Shelves: fiction, suspense
A glimpse of something not quite right, an overheard conversation that can't be happening, a fatal accident in a quiet upstate New York suburb, old secrets, and political conspiracy – all these elements converge in this satisfying thriller. The narrative is driven by some predictable tactics: short chapters ending frequently in cliff-hangers; a wide swathe of suspicious events, the partnership of Ray and a plucky heroine, Julie McGill, a local girl who has returned to town as a journalist for th ...more
Oct 13, 2012 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Linwood Barclay's latest thriller Trust Your Eyes has receive a lot of pre-publication buzz, capped off with a cover blurb and recommendation by Stephen King. Most of the time, if King recommends a novel, I'll pick it up and try it because I've had good luck with King recommendations in the past (it was King's recommendation in EW that turned me on to the genius that is Laura Lippman).

And for the first half of Trust Your Eyes, I agreed completely with King--the book is riveting and a page-turne
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