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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  6,248 ratings  ·  901 reviews
A blistering thriller from the Edgar-nominated author of Shovel Ready—a speculative modern Western with elements of Cormac McCarthy, Jim Thompson, and the Coen brothers that is wickedly funny, razor-sharp, and totally engrossing

Imagine a place populated by criminals-people plucked from their lives, with their memories altered, who’ve been granted new identities and a secon
Hardcover, 382 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Ecco
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Molly Agree as well. There is a small amount of animal cruelty that I found harder to read than the murders. Something about the details read differently.
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Nicole The irony isn’t it? 😂 I believe the purpose of them all staying to live instead of Isaac leaving was things were once again starting anew. While Isaac…moreThe irony isn’t it? 😂 I believe the purpose of them all staying to live instead of Isaac leaving was things were once again starting anew. While Isaac may leave one day it’s probably not advised anymore due to who his father is. Maybe he could leave once he’s older and escape with a new identity? (less)

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Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it

Will I remember what I did?

You won’t.

But will I know that I’ve forgotten it?

You will.

So I’ll know I did something bad, but I won’t know what it was.

You’ll know you made the decision to come to this place.

“this place” is the town of caesura, known colloquially by its residents as "the blinds;" a gated community for memory-wiped criminals, a prison where you’re free to leave, but to which you can never return, fully aware that what waits for you on the other side of the gates most
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The sky is just starting to consider darkness as Cooper steers his pickup home. He can see the bright dusk on the distant horizon, negotiating the handover from the day..... This is one benefit to the Blinds, Cooper's learned - it offers you a cleansing kind of loneliness. It's the blessing of exile and it's something he never expected. Life out here on the great flat plains with barely a human whisper to be heard from the outside world. Just you, and the sky in all directions, .... The highway ...more
Diane S ☔
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cooper is the Sheriff, one of the original eight who came to the town of Caesura, a town hidden away in the Texas panhandle. Many have come after him, men and women who were chosen to go to this town, their past lives erased, new identities given. They do not remember what they have done,who they were, but many of them have done horrible things in the outside world. Now, after many years, some are being murdered, and the outside world will intrude, violating their sanctuary.

Take a little bit of
Dan Schwent
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books, 2018
Caesura, Texas, is a sleepy town where no one remembers their past, witnesses and criminals living out a unique form of witness protection. When Sheriff Calvin Cooper suddenly has a murder to deal with, he has his work cut out for him. Who could the killer be if he's the only one that's supposed to have a gun and half the town could be murderers?

Quite a few people on my friends list enjoyed the hell out of this one. Since I'm a cheap ass, I saved up Amazon rewards points and bought it that way.
Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Irina Humphrey

Here it is folks, IMO the most under-hyped BOTM choice to date! I LOVED THIS. It was unique, engaging, and featured a multi-faceted mystery that gripped my attention from beginning to end. Full review to come.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I finished this very well written and addictive book two days ago and I’m still not sure what to say about it. This cross-genre contemporary literature Western mystery thriller was pretty compelling with its extremely unique plot and well drawn characters...not to mention the moral dilemmas, ethics issues, and plot twists.
If you’re looking for something different, you can’t go wrong with this. Several times along the way I paused and marveled at the spectacular story unspooling in these pages:
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Somewhere out in the vastness of west Texas is an entire town with amnesia.

Officially it’s called Caesura, but the locals refer to it as The Blinds. The residents are either criminals or witnesses in hiding because all have undergone a process which removed their personal memories, and none remember which they are. The entire town is kept secure and hidden from the world while most inhabitants go about their business quietly wondering what might have put them in a position to completely surrende
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Welcome to Caesura, rhymes with tempura . . . .

Okay, not really. In reality, you can leave anytime you want. There are only three rules that have to be followed . . . .

“No visitors. No contact. No return.”

In other words, if you choose to leave? Don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya. You see Caesura isn’t your average town. Known as “The Blinds” by all who reside there, Caesura is a place for second chances. A
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My curiosity was piqued in the first chapter. The more I read, the more interested I got. It finally reached a point where I kept thinking “This is really good” followed immediately by “Please don’t let this go south.” This is one of those rare books that makes me describe what’s going on to my husband. I can’t keep it all inside; I just have to share.

The premise is original, so I don’t want to give away too much information. A small village in a remote area of Texas is fenced in, has cabins lai
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, read-2017
"He sat her down at the folding table in the intake trailer and explained to her the rules of her new home. No visitors. No contact. No return. Then he taught her how to properly pronounce the town's official name–Caesura, rhymes with tempura, he said–before telling her not to worry too much about it since everyone just calls it the Blinds."

What a fun, thrilling read this was! I made good on my promise not to read any reviews about it because I wanted to be thoroughly surprised, and boy was I! I
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
"The best way to keep a secret is to keep it from yourself."

The premise of the book is so promising: a town where everyone there is either a criminal or a witness to a big crime that has had their memories taken from them so they can start over with a clean slate. They are protected in this town from anyone who would want to get revenge on them, and they are protected from guilt or terrible memories that would haunt them. I was all in over this idea. It seemed fun.

And, much like this woman, I go
Sep 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
It's all a mystery. There's a well known saying, and one that's apt for this book because not only does it have actual criminal mysteries within it, each character within it is also a mystery, even to him or herself. That's because this book takes place in Caesura--rhymes with tempura--Texas. It's a town with a population of 38, but it's also an experimental alternative to prison, a place where criminals and witnesses who have flipped on them are sent for a fresh start, so fresh they've had thei ...more
Rheama Heather
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Check this out.

Situated in the desolate West Texas desert, The Blinds is a futuristic witness protection community. None of the fifty or so residents can remember why they willingly volunteered to spend the rest of their life in this stark facility. All memories relevant to crimes they either committed and / or witnessed have been scientifically wiped from their brains. For some, this means they can’t recall days or months leading up to their new name and new life. Others are missing decades. M
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars. Definitely one of my favorite reads this year.
Jessica T.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So I finished this in 2 days... you may not think that's impressive but I also worked 2 doubles both of those days.. In other words I could not put this down. It wasn't a perfect novel but it was damn good... I can't wait to read more of his stuff.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, overdrive
I enjoyed the two cyberpunk thrillers in the author's Spademan series and would be happy to read more of those. However it's nice to see that he is not a one-note author and has written a different kind of thriller this time. This one is fast paced with a lot of action at the end.

The Blinds is a town in a virtually unpopulated Texas County. It was established 8 years ago as an experimental witness protection program where criminals, victims or witnesses who are in danger because of their coopera
Jennifer (Insert Lit Pun)
Eh. I have three broad thoughts about this book: 1) I'm not at all the target audience; 2) I had fun with it anyway; 3) Wowza, this needed more scrupulous editing.

Thought #1:
This is a Western/dystopian thriller with elements of sci-fi set in a Texas desert town called the Blinds (population 48). All the residents are criminals who've had sections of their memories erased by a private agency, and now live peacefully with no knowledge of their past identities or transgressions. It's an intensely
Sep 28, 2017 marked it as dnf
Shelves: owned
DNFing this because I'm just not into it.
What if you could truly give yourself a blank slate, after painting yourself into the kind of corner that comes with a life sentence? What if you were just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and bold enough to speak up about what you saw? Caesura, Texas, has been set up to offer just the sort of opportunity you might need. It's a simple process - just let them unburden you of that inconvenient memory, and then follow three simple rules:




This is the first
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
The Blinds has a flat-out great premise. A new medical procedure has been invented that can wipe away targeted memories. It was originally intended for trauma victims, but now its most famous use is the little town of Caesura, a.k.a. The Blinds. It's a place full of people with holes in their minds. They don't know if they've witnessed crimes or committed them. They don't know what's on their consciences. If there are huge swathes of their lives that they can't remember, is that because their me ...more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had this book for ages before reading it. The title didn't grab me, neither did the cover. How dumb can you be??

So I finally read it and loved it, it was great. Different. And different is the holy grail at the moment. I thought the book was a great illustration of how people can behave unexpectedly under extreme circumstances. Sometimes they bring out the best in people and sometimes the worst. There was a sense of rising dread throughout as things slowly went awry in their 'happy' little enc
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, 2017-release
The Blinds is binge-able. It has the same addictive quality that the best TV shows have these days, along with a big cast of characters and a killer premise. I listened to the audio version, but if I’d gone with print I would have snarfed it in a few hours. Love books that don’t feel like a retread of old ground? Well, I can guarantee you you haven’t already read a book like this.

Well, in some ways maybe you have. The Blinds is instantly recognizable as a Western. There’s a jaded lawman, some l
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is definitely one of the most unputdownable books of the year for me!  With the unique plot and interesting cast of characters it is binge-worthy and would make a great show (hint hint Netflix!).

"God may forgive, but He rarely exonerates."

Welcome to The Blinds, an isolated Texas community within the third smallest town in the country.  The folks populating The Blinds have all had portions of their memories erased--- a requirement to move in.  They know that they've either committed or witne
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing


Memories are not unlike wisps of fog, tendrils twisting, turning, and morphing in an early morning breeze, dancing across a placid mountain lake or tranquil deep woods meadow; sometimes light and airy, recalling vague but intensely pleasurable moments from the past, other times thick and heavy with intense fear, debilitating remorse, suffering and mysteriously powerful anxiety.

Not unlike dreams, memories can be fuzzy around the edges, frustratingly distant but persistentl
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Have you witnessed a violent crime? Committed a horrific murder? Witness protection not your thing? Worried that jail will be boring? Come on down to Caesura ( rhymes with Tempura)! In exchange for some light brain surgery, you’ll wake up with a new identity* and no memory of your ghastly past!** You’ll be given your own beautiful detached home complete with neighbors who will offer a helping hand as you adjust to your new surroundings.*** Worried about law and order? Need not worry as Sheri ...more
Liz Barnsley
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having been a HUGE fan of both Shovel Ready and Near Enemy from this author to say I was very happy to see “The Blinds” land on the doormat would be putting it mildly. Turns out, although this is very different, I loved it just as much, cleverly imaginative with some top notch divisive characters and a real western vibe about it that I adored.

The Blinds is a town like no other. Part prison, although you can leave if you wish and part social experiment, it houses ex criminals (or possibly witness
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
There is a new medical process that removes the memories from both criminals and sensitive (yet vital) witnesses. They will not remember any crimes committed or seen. And for their protection they are placed in a small nondescript Texas town, nicknamed The Blinds. Nobody knows who is the lawbreaker and who is an innocent.

That’s the extremely convoluted setting for Adam Sternbergh’s novel, The Blinds. Is this science fiction? Is it a mystery? The angel on my right shoulder that resembles Mr. Spo
Jessica Sullivan
The Blinds piqued my interest right away with its compelling premise: a secret town in rural Texas, populated by dangerous criminals whose memories have been wiped of their wrong-doings. Here, they have a second chance at a new life, knowing that if they ever try to leave, they'll likely end up dead or worse. 

For eight years now, the social experiment has been relatively successful. The inhabitants of The Blinds have formed a little community, with Sheriff Calvin Cooper helping them keep the pea
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
As soon as I read a description of the. plot I felt that this was the type of book I would enjoy. I downloaded the e-book immediately. My experience was different than the majority of readers. The premise was original and I believe it could make a good movie. The people living in this tiny, dusty Texas town are isolated from the world. They may have committed some terrible criminal acts and had their identity and memory wiped out rather than being sentenced to prison or execution. A few believe ...more
A very interesting take, this book was full of surprises...some big, some smaller, all unique.

The Blinds is a place. It's also a mindset. A mindset given to some and chosen freely by others. It is a place to start over. To forget. But pasts have a way of creeping up on the residents of The Blinds.

Each page will reveal a bit more about the characters we come to meet. Each page builds in tension. At points, one might not fully know which characters to root for or against and that isn't problemat
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