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Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
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Sep 04, 12



“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 running for New York Governor and his right-hand man smells trouble when Morris’s wife Bridget tells him she’s being blackmailed by her lover. Meanwhile some time later, ex-waitress Jennifer is on the run after her plans come crashing down and her life is in danger.

The writing is pretty fast-paced, while Barclay also manages to infuse a thriller with moments of poignancy (Raymond in mourning over the loss of his father, Thomas’s struggles with schizophrenia, small-town melancholy) and occasional humor (throughout the book Thomas is under the illusion he is working for the CIA and reports to Bill Clinton—characters mock him over this and Ray tries to dispel this idea from Thomas’s mind—until, in one scene when the brothers are in danger, the telephone rings—and the caller identifies himself as Bill Clinton).

Overall, I enjoyed this thriller. The characters were nicely flashed out (with the exception of Ray’s girlfriend Julie who didn’t add much to the story) and the plot progresses at a good pace, with the mandatory twists and turns. Looking forward to Barclay’s future endeavors.
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