Reviews for Trust your eyes : a thriller

Library Journal
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His father's death left Ray Kilbride in the role of caretaker for his younger brother, Thomas, but Ray never imagined the enormity of his responsibilities. Thomas, a high-functioning schizophrenic, is completely dependent on Ray and prefers to spend his time holed up in his room preparing for secret missions by studying the street views of a map website and memorizing the details of the scenes captured there. When Thomas notices a woman in a window of a building he's examining, apparently being murdered as the photo was taken, what he and Ray choose to do about it will land them in the middle of a mystery and unwittingly set off a chain reaction that could ultimately cost them their lives. VERDICT A resounding hit, Barclay's (Fear the Worst) latest thriller is at once exhilaratingly fast paced and intriguing. The author is a master of plot development and has the ability to captivate readers with the complexity of the family dynamics between Thomas and Ray and excite them with each layer of mystery he uncovers. Fans of the genre will be entertained down to the last sentence and new fans will be compelled to check out Barclay's earlier books after they finish this thrill ride.-Natasha Grant, New York (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publishers Weekly
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In this tantalizing stand-alone from Canadian author Barclay (The Accident), the death of 62-year-old Adam Kilbride in a tractor accident brings his illustrator son, Ray, home to Promise Falls, N.Y., for the funeral. Ray dreads what lies ahead-primarily figuring out what to do about his schizophrenic younger brother, Thomas. A map-obsessed savant, Thomas spends most of his waking hours on the Whirl360 site memorizing photographed layouts of cities around the world so that he'll be able to replicate them for the CIA in the event of some future computer-crippling catastrophe. When Thomas witnesses what he thinks is a murder online in the Whirl360 images of a street on Manhattan's Lower East Side, he insists that Ray investigate. Before they know it, the brothers hit the radar of a ruthless, politically connected ex-cop and his ice pick-wielding henchwoman, who are themselves scrambling to mop up after a high-stakes screwup, and the Kilbrides find themselves in the fight of their lives. The genius of Barclay's intricately convoluted design becomes increasingly apparent, with throwaway elements later becoming significant and initially discrete story lines eventually linking with diabolic inevitability. While some of the violence escalates cartoonishly, the engaging main characters grab your heart even as the plot makes it stop. Agent: Helen Heller. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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*Starred Review* Following his father's death in a tractor accident, successful magazine illustrator Ray Kilbride returns to his hometown in upstate New York to settle his father's affairs and to figure out how to care for Thomas, his schizophrenic younger brother. Thomas sits in his bedroom obsessively studying online street maps of every city in the world. He says he's memorizing the maps for the CIA, for that terrible day when some catastrophe wipes maps off the Internet. Additionally, Thomas believes he's in phone contact with former President Bill Clinton. But Thomas is deeply agitated. He has seen what appears to be a murder in progress. He shows Ray a screenshot and demands that Ray go to Manhattan to check it out. Ray's clumsy investigative efforts expose a conspiracy that eventually puts the brothers in mortal danger. Barclay's latest stand-alone thriller (following The Accident, 2011) should vault him into the top rank of thriller writers. The plot is sinuous and propulsive, with feints worthy of an NBA point guard. The danger Ray and Thomas face from a luckless-but-lethal female assassin will keep thriller lovers up late. There's even small-town perfidy relating to the father's death and a secret Thomas has been keeping for 20 years. Best of all, though, is the complex and nuanced portrait of Thomas himself.--Gaughan, Thomas Copyright 2010 Booklist

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