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Trust Your Eyes

Trust Your Eyes [Kindle Edition]

Linwood Barclay
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (469 customer reviews)

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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 (STEPHEN KING)

Book Description

What would you do if you witnessed a murder - but no one believed you...?

From the bestselling author of the Richard & Judy summer read winner, NO TIME FOR GOODBYE.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1000 KB
  • Print Length: 511 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 140911502X
  • Publisher: Orion (27 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008PGK7EK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (469 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Linwood Barclay is married with two children and lives near Toronto. He is the author of three acclaimed Zack Walker mysteries, a former columnist for the Toronto Star, and is the author of the Richard & Judy 2008 Summer Read winner and number one besteller, No Time For Goodbye.

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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read 29 Sep 2012
By gudasnu
This book opens with an idea similar to Hitchcock's "Rear Window" but in a very modern and updated way.
This is the first Linwood Barclay book that I have read but it will certainly not be the last. It is well written and in amongst the taut tension there is room for humour and poignancy, as you get to know the characters.
The main characters all have their faults, even our unusual heroes and I found it easy to sympathise with elder brother Ray in his dealings with his eccentric, worldly innocent yet engaging younger brother.
Think of all the clichés you have seen and heard about thrillers, such as "page turner", "unputdownable", "edge of your seat" etc and they all apply.
The twists come thick and fast. Some I had worked out but others were complete shocks including the one in the final few lines.
It's a terrific read, and I would heartily recommend it to anyone.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Virtual Reality. 28 Sep 2012
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
Linwood Barclay has come up with another barnstorming thriller focussing on Thomas Kilbride, a schizophrenic and lover of detail in the form of map-reading and memorising them. His sympathetic brother, Ray, understands Thomas's predicament. Using an advanced Google-type internet programme (whirl360), Thomas can negotiate the plans and layout of cities still in his armchair. His belief he is acting as a CIA agent enforces his delusion. Real or not? He is involved with 'seeing' murder and his involvement with characters, particularly brother Ray, who come and go add to the appeal of this novel. The pace of the action keeps the reader in a state of insecurity. That is, just when you feel you understand the situation, Barclay puts in a thumper of a change that disorients for a while until you catch up, and then another turner hits you.

Apart from the mental health issues, sensitively handled by the author, there is an influx of conspiracy allied to political intrigue. I thought his previous novel, 'Accident', was a pinnacle, but Linwood Barclay continues to scale new heights. Trust your eyes is right on the button. Highly charged and recommended.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thriller of great intensity 27 Sep 2012
I've just finished reading this book, my first Linwood Barclay and had no idea what I was letting myself in for. This book is highly addictive, brilliantly written and 100% unique in its content. If you like action thrillers, spy books or a great story where you really can't wait to read what happens next, this is your book.

The story is about a schizophrenic man who spends all his time on a website called Whirl 360 (a bit like a futuristic version of Google maps) that means he can walk the streets of America in a virtual sense without ever leaving his bedroom. Probably just as well, as he thinks he has been recruited by the CIA to remember the names of all the streets! One day he sees someone being murdered and the story picks you up and takes you from there...

The writing is fast paced and continually hooks you and the characters are so well written that I actually found myself feeling the way the main character does -a recluse with severe mental health issues who spends all his time on a computer, which is the complete opposite of myself.

The only thing I would say that lets this book down is that it does not come with a disclaimer on the front of the book to tell you that you will lose hours of your time reading this as it is impossible to not know what happens!!

If they ever bring this out as a movie, I will book my ticket in advance and will certainly be following up on the other Barclay novels I have missed to keep me going over the summer holidays.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern take on a classic thriller. 6 Oct 2012
Trust Your Eyes is reminiscent of Hitchcock's classic "Rear Window", but Linwood Barclay drags the plot kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

Thomas Kilbride doesn't get out much for a man in his mid-thirties. He spends all his waking hours browsing an online mapping program with the dedication of the true obsessive. The voices in his head make it very clear he's doing valuable work for the CIA and his regular conversations with former president Bill Clinton help.

Understandably, when he tells his elder brother Ray about something peculiar he's seen whilst taking a virtual stroll down a Manhattan street, Ray thinks it's just another aspect of his schizophrenia. Besides, Ray has enough on his plate trying to sort out their late father's estate and deciding how best to arrange his brother's future care.

Starting with these unlikely ingredients, Barclay slowly starts to add characters, complexity and pace to the recipe, throwing in a twist or two, a dash of romance, and a liberal seasoning of blackmail and murder. His dialogue is spot on and the way he describes Thomas's mental health issues and how his brother deals with them seemed, to me at least, very authentic.

An enjoyable thriller that kept me interested to the last page.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for old and new fans alike 27 Sep 2012
This is the first book I've read by Linwood Barclay and I will certainly be reading another one!
The story starts off with Thomas Kilbride who has schizophrenia and spends his days memorizing city layouts all across the world using an internet map site - Whirl360. One day he comes across an image that he believes is a woman being murdered. Thomas and his brother, Ray, quickly get caught up in a situation which has them fighting for their lives. It's a fast paced thriller which has a number of themes running through it - politics, conspiracy, loss of a loved one and even the sensitive subject of mental health. There are a number of twists and turns which keep you guessing right to the end. In fact, without giving anything away, the ending itself leaves with you further `food for thought'.
A number of different characters come and go throughout the story and I really enjoyed the way that each one was important to the story - even if only in a small part. The main characters are easy to like and it was interesting to find out more about the relationship between the two brothers as the book went on. Each of the chapters are short and you always want to `read one more' before putting it down.
Overall this is a well written story which has a number of skilfully woven strands and I recommend it to both existing Linwood fans and those who have never read any of his work before.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fast page turner
Great plot twists and turns. Another great Barclay read and probably his best yet. Now let's find his next one!
Published 5 days ago by C.Rozzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Highly recommended, one of Linwood Barclays best. Another "can't put down" book.
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
A great read. This was my second Linwood Barclay book, after finishing this I immediately bought another.
Published 6 days ago by KMilne
5.0 out of 5 stars rollercoaster ride
Another excellent book from linwood barclay. just when you think you know where he is going he rips the rug from under your feet with another twist even to the last page. Read more
Published 10 days ago by francofilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Stopping
Right from the beginning it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I just couldn't put it down.
Published 10 days ago by Christine Slater
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Typical Linwood Barclay book. Interesting exciting and thrilling. Good story followed by a good ending. Read more
Published 12 days ago by dgpeth
2.0 out of 5 stars Great start , disappointing finish!
I read this book recently. In the beginning I was quite hooked to the storyline as it was gripping, but as I progressed I did not like the narrative. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Soniya Dawle
5.0 out of 5 stars Trust Your Eyes
I really loved reading this book. Linwood Barclay is one of my favourite authors and it was hard to put it down
Published 22 days ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic thriller from Barclay
I'm a massive fan of Barclay's work and this did not disappoint, with all the unexpected twists and turns you could wish for in a great thriller. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Zoe mj
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting stuff!
There was a good twist in the tail here. The author showed real empathy with the behaviour of a man with behavioural problems and sympathy with the demands placed on the family. Read more
Published 27 days ago by marion0060
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