Trust Your Eyes; a thriller by Linwood Barclay
I'm not a huge fan of thrillers. Not because of the style of writing, which as we all know can be as different as apples and oranges. Compare James Patterson to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. One author's style is prosaic and the other more gritty, with common language. I generally don't read thrillers because I'm not a big fan of unhappy or disastrous endings. I figure watching the news is enough of a peek into the intricacies of demented minds. This is not to say that I don't read books with dramatic events but I'd rather read about the human ability to overcome whatever life would place in our path.
That being said, Trust Your Eyes was a great, quick-paced tale that will keep you reading, unwilling to put it down!
The author, Linwood Barclay, brings the reader into the ongoing story of two brothers, one on the “normal” path of ups and downs in life, the other isolated in the family home. His mental illness causing his dependency on his father, isolation a horrible product of his disease. What seems to start out as a family drama soon evolves into a tense thriller. As you read, your first impressions will be eroded as you become intimately familiar with the characters the author reveals.
I hope, like me, you’ll be able to develop a feeling of closeness to the brothers, Ray Kilbride, his brother Thomas and the other interesting varied characters you’ll meet. By the end of the book, I felt like I knew them intimately. For me, this is always a sign of an excellent writer, the ability to allow the reader to transcend their own life and become immersed in the life of the characters and their feelings and experiences.
My only minor complaint is that I found the internal family sub-plot so interesting it could have sustained a book of its own.