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Fiction Suspense

Trust Your Eyes

by (author) Linwood Barclay

Doubleday Canada
Initial publish date
Sep 2012
Suspense, Psychological, Psychological
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    Sep 2012
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    Jul 2013
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Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves the self-imposed bastion of his bedroom. But with a computer program called, he travels the world while never so much as stepping out the door. He pores over and memorizes the streets of the world. He examines every address, as well as the people who are frozen in time on his computer screen. Then he sees something that anyone else might have stumbled upon--but has not--in a street view of downtown New York City: an image in a window. An image that looks like a woman being murdered. 
Thomas's brother, Ray, takes care of him, cooking for him, dealing with the outside world on his behalf, and listening to his intricate and increasingly paranoid theories. When Thomas tells Ray what he has seen, Ray humors him with a half-hearted investigation. But Ray soon realizes he and his brother have stumbled onto a deadly conspiracy. And now they are in the crosshairs.

About the author

Linwood Barclay is a former columnist for the Toronto Star. He is the #1 internationally bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels, including The Accident, Never Look Away, Fear the Worst, Too Close to Home, and No Time for Goodbye. Multiple titles have been optioned for film.

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  • Short-listed, Arthur Ellis Award

Editorial Reviews

Finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award – Best Novel
“This standalone thriller, written in the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, is a thoughtful examination of privacy issues surrounding the web.... Barclay gives us not only a riveting read but a poignant story about family ties.” —The Chronicle Herald (Halifax)
 “Linwood Barclay has taken a chance in Trust Your Eyes, his 11th novel, and it pays off. This is, by far, his best yet. . . . Trust Your Eyes is a terrific thriller . . . . [The] book is near perfect.”
—Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail
“In this mash-up of “Rear Window,” “Rain Man,” and “Femme Nikita,” a schizophrenic man who spends his waking hours roaming Google Maps witnesses a murder. A suspenseful, pulse-pounding thriller leavened by a trio of quirky, unlikely heroes and a lovely romance. Talk about tour de force plotting, even the most minor details pay off with shoes dropping right up to the final page.”
—The Boston Globe
“Piling twists like pieces in a game of Jenga, Trust Your Eyes is a breakneck tour of sex-for-pay political scandals, Olympic medal winners reinventing themselves as killers-for-hire, and having every keystroke logged by those who have no business doing so.”
National Post
“The surprise plot twists in Trust Your Eyes fall into the following categories and numbers: plot twists the reader can see coming, three; twists the reader might, with a little effort, anticipate; five; plot twists that nobody could figure on in a million years, 364. With the book, Barclay emerges as the writer in the thriller business with the most wicked skill at pulling the rug from under his readers.”
Toronto Star
"Barclay’s story is expertly plotted, and he moves easily between sweetly comic scenes and entirely sinister ones.... Trust Your Eyes is superior entertainment."
Washington Post
“Twist-driven thrillers packed with explosive action are a hallmark of Linwood Barclay's career, and Trust Your Eyes could very well be his best…. Trust Your Eyes is the Web equivalent of downloading pure entertainment straight into your brain.”
USA Today
“Piling twists like pieces in a game of Jenga, Trust Your Eyes is a breakneck tour of sex-for-pay political scandals, Olympic medal winners reinventing themselves as killers-for-hire, and having every keystroke logged by those who have no business doing so.”
National Post
“A riveting ride, all the way to the very last page. Like a prizefighter, Barclay feints and toys with the reader, until he delivers the knockout zinger where you least expect it.”
The Gazette (Montreal)
“Tantalizing.... The engaging main characters grab your heart even as the plot makes it stop.”
— PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred Review)
"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
"One of the best thrillers of the year!  Trust Your Eyes will have you doubting your sanity as a schizophrenic brother draws the attention of multiple killers while navigating a virtual city where nothing and no one is all that they seem."
—Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author
 "Linwood Barclay's best book to date. Almost impossible to put down."
—Joy Fielding, New York Times bestselling author
“An up-to-the-moment thrill ride. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Highly recommended.”
—William Landay, New York Times bestselling author of Defending Jacob

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