Thursday, September 6

BlogHer Book Club: Trust Your Eyes

I feel like, since this is my first BlogHer Book Club experience, this needs some sort of introduction.

But I can't seem to write one that doesn't suck.

So here it is: This is a book review sponsored by BlogHer.

And moving on....

This month's book is Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay and, if I'm being totally honest, I wasn't all that interested in reading this book. I'd tried to throw my name in BlogHer's Book Club for a few months with no luck and I figured this would be much the same.


Ding! Ding! Winner, Winner! Chicken Dinner!!

Oh, well. A free book. Cool!

Even though I don't normally read thrillers, I will read just about anything. As long as it's good.

Though I've also been known to suffer through some horrendous books.


Anyway - Trust Your Eyes.

I'm torn on how I feel about this book.

It sucked me in but the back and forth between story lines annoyed me greatly. I know the intention was to leave on a cliffhanger of sorts but I didn't like it - how dare you make me wait a few chapters to find out what happens next! - and it felt a little choppy at times. There was a lot going on in this book with a lot of different characters so it was a bit hard to follow at first. As more of the story was revealed, things started to make more sense (as is often the case) but it still annoyed me. And there was a section near the end that was entirely predictable. I didn't care for that much.

The concept was pretty interesting though. This guy Thomas (who's been diagnosed with schizophrenia) is obsessed with wandering the world via Whirl360, a computer program much like Google Earth. One day, while virtually wandering around New York City, he sees something in the window of an apartment building.....


Thomas' brother Ray, in town after the death of their father, is sent to the city investigate Thomas' discovery. A host of seemingly unrelated characters are introduced along the way and, for most of the book, you're never quite sure what is going on or what is going to happen next.

As I said, I'm not much of a thriller reader but I still mostly enjoyed Trust Your Eyes. It's a bit of a page turner - I read 3/4 of it between Sunday and last night with ease - and it ends on a bit of a chilling (or maybe thrilling) note. I finished the book right before bed last night, turned the light off, rolled over a shivered a bit. Even though what was revealed was something I'd suspected all along. Mr. Barclay does a pretty good job of throwing readers off track a few times, making the ending all the more chilling.

This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.

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