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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Review: Trust Your Eyes, Linwood Barclay (Canada: Ontario)

Title:                                 Trust Your Eyes
Author:                              Linwood Barclay
Date/Place of Publication:  2012, Doubleday Canada
ISBN #:                            978-0-385-66957-3
Number of Pages:             498
Also available in:               Kobo ebook, Kindle ebook
Discovered by a friend who recommended it

Thomas Kilbride visits cities throughout the world every day, taking in the sights, memorizing the streets but this visit - to New York City - is different. This time, he sees a murder. He's not sure what to do about it but he will think it over during dinner. The only person in whom he might confide is his brother Ray. However, even Ray has trouble believing him because Thomas is schizophrenic. Ray is also trying to sort out the estate of his recently deceased father so he is not inclined to indulge his brother's flights of fancy. But as Ray is about to find out, life is not always under our own control.

Just when you think there is a dangling plot thread or obviously incorrect statement by a character that the author has overlooked, there is yet another twist.The prologue is the first of many times when your preconceptions may trip you up and you find yourself  re-reading a section - including the ending.

Barclay does an excellent job of weaving several different plot lines together, with a quiet dose of humour tossed in from time to time, and he has you sitting on the edge of your seat throughout the book. The characters are very human: for instance, Ray's friend Julie feels he treats his adult brother Thomas like a child while Ray recalls the challenges of growing up with a brother like Thomas, who still can't look after his own basic needs.

The book blurbs compare "Trust Your Eyes" with Alfred Hitchcock's movie "Rear Window". Since this is one of my favourite movies, I was prepared to be disappointed...but I wasn't.

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