Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
I am a big Linwood Barclay fan. I first picked up one of his thrillers when I started working at Random House four years ago and have read every book that he’s written since. They have all been tense, fast-paced thrillers, but I think that this one is my favourite.
Linwood Barclay’s thrillers often have a family angle. In this one, Ray Kilbride returns to the family home after his father’s death and finds himself looking after his schizophrenic brother, Thomas.
Thomas is obsessed with an online site called Whirl360 — where you can walk the streets of any city in the world without leaving your home — which is perfect for Thomas who rarely leaves his bedroom. While virtually “walking” the streets of New York City, Thomas sees what looks like a woman being murdered in a second story window of an apartment building. And that is where all the action starts.
So, I loved this book, but don’t just take my word for it. Here’s what Stephen King (!) had to say about it:
“My idea of a sweet ride is three days of rain, a fridge filled with snacks, and a new Linwood Barclay. I just had all three. Trust Your Eyes is the best Barclay so far, a tale Hitchcock would have loved. It has more spins than the Whirl360 computer program Thomas Kilbride is so fascinated with. The book is riveting, frequently scary, occasionally funny, and surprisingly, wonderfully tender. I could believe this might happen to people living two streets over from me. Great entertainment from a suspense master.”
Talent runs in the Barclay family. Linwood’s son creates fabulous and scary book trailers for his father’s novels. Here is the one that he created for Trust Your Eyes.
Tell me, have you read Linwood Barclay’s previous books? Will you add this one to your to-read pile?