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Eyes Wide Open

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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

Hardcover, 340 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by William Morrow
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Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Another of those books which annoyingly goes under two titles. This one was originally published as Eyes Wide Open.

Under either title this is pretty standard fare for a thriller. There are lots of horrific, scary, killings. There is a detective who is willing to take a civilian into his confidence - otherwise how would the story advance! In this case he even takes him into a major security prison to visit an inmate. And of course there are the really evil baddies pursuing their revenge.

Dec 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book defines the meaning of thriller. The last hundred pages played havoc with my blood pressure. I fear that reading books like this could be detrimental to my health. Stop reading them, I hear you say, sorry, not going to happen. At my age this is how I get my the Adrenalin rush.

Dr Jay Erlich ,happily married with two children and living in New York get a phone call from his sister in law,living in California, informing him that, Evan,their only son, his nephew, has committed suicide. The
Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I could not get into this book Andrew Gross writing did nothing for me i tried i really did but was not for me
Elly Wendy
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4* Now this is a thriller! Phew. I’m still processing it. Enjoyed the different settings, the history vs present day, the music, the psychic angle, all the tension. Lots going on. I have no doubt that I will be glad to listen a second time, and will be looking for more by this author. Good one!
(The edition I listened to was by Blackstone Audio and was called Eyes Wide Open.)
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
This was a decent thriller - it wasn't painful to get through. However, the bad guys were not very believable and the ending was just weird (and frustrating). I'm rating it two stars for "it was ok".
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
For what the beginning of the book lacked, the ending made up for. Not really what I would deem believable which is characteristic that makes a thriller even scarier. However, it was really good read.
Bonnie Brody
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a strange feeling as I read this book that I had seen a film of the novel as I felt I knew some of the plot. It wasn't until I was 60% through that I realised I had read this book under another title ;Eyes wide open'. By then I decided to continue reading as I was enjoying it and it was some time ago since I had read it.
I am a fan of Andrew Gross novels since discovering his work while writing under the James Patterson money making factory and have read nearly all his books, rarely disappo
Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)

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
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very well written book from Andrew Gross who probably become well known through writing for the James Patterson factory.
An excellent writer who deserves fame for his own work.
Noaman Ali
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book veraciously lives up to its genre: Crime. Something worth reviewing on.

Gross, in this Chef d'oeuvre of his, lays out the suspense magnificently. It starts with a simple act of deliberation (a suicide) which later, throws the reader imperceptibly into a lot of unravelling.

Evan, a deranged kid in his Early Twenties jumps off a cliff (which later holds to be false) in the beginning of the story. Now, the file would have garnered dust if it weren't for two things: the inquisitiveness of th
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 I listened to the audio and I fear I lost a key clue while tractoring around the property. I hate missing every word when I like the book, it made the ending muddy, so much so that I had to ask my husband what happened... I hate that too, he is not a reliable reader. It could have been a five if I wasn't so spotty on hearing every word, the reveal left me wondering where it when so wrong for me!
Goodreads Description- A young man′s suicide.

An elderly woman′s murder.

A conspiracy stretching back decades.

Dr. Jay Erlich's life is perfect: a wife and children he loves; a successful career. But a call comes that changes everything. His troubled nephew, Evan, has killed himself and Jay′s brother is in despair.

Jay flies to California to help out, and is soon convinced Evan′s death was no suicide. The police want him to leave the matter alone but he is determined to dig deeper. When his investig
Daniel Audet
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I finished Andrew's latest thriller and as I sat back, putting the book down, I realized how involved I had gotten in the story.
Our hero, an east coast yuppie doctor has a brother on the west coast with major issues, the drug and mental kind, as does his son, who ends up dead at the bottom of a cliff on the west coast where they live. Jay rushes to his screw-up brother, Charlie, and stumbles into a decades old, from the 60's, 70's hippie culture, diabolical plot by by an aging cult leader who h
Jun 04, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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I had high expectations for this as I have loved his other books. I have to be honest and say I wasn't as thrilled as I thought I would be. The story itself was okay, but just that, okay.

We meet Dr Jay Handler who is living happily with his wife and children when he receives a desperate phone call from his brother Charlie. Charlie's son Evan has committed suicide. Jay decides to fly to visit them and help Charlie and his wife through this difficult time whilst grieving for Evan. What he doesn't
Paul Pessolano
Apr 09, 2011 rated it liked it
"Eyes Wide Open" comes very close to the true story of Charles Manson and the book "Helter Skelter". The main character, Russell Houvnanian is a very Manson like figure. He is obsessed with himself, has the ability to control people, uses music as a media to promote his philosophies, and predicts a coming catastrophic event.

Jay Erlic, a New York doctor, is summoned to California by his older brother, Charles, because his son Evan has died. It is considered a suicide but Charlie thinks he may hav
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
Trade Galley/Vine: The story is of a well-to-do doctor who get sucked into his brother's past, which happens to parallel Charles Manson and the Tate/La Bianca murders. His brother, named Charlie, is a functioning mental patient, thanks to tons of medication, who's son is believed to have committed suicide. The doctor, having the means to take a two weeks off from work and travel across the country, harasses the terminally ill coroner's investigator into helping him. With nothing to lose, the two ...more
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
Aug 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Dr. Jay Erlich has a great life—a nice family, a beautiful home, a successful medical practice in New York, and an above average salary—the exact opposite of his older brother, Charlie. Charlie’s life has been one struggle after another—bipolar condition, drug addiction, homelessness and more. When he was younger, Charlie lived on a commune in California, which resembled the real life Manson family. When Charlie’s son is found dead at the foot of a cliff, Jay travels to California to try to help ...more
Jun 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Charlie’s 21-year old son Evan, who has the same mental 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 time ...more
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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