Trust Your Eyes

Paperback | September 4, 2012

byLinwood Barclay

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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 Whirl360.com, 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.

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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 Whirl360.com, 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 pe...

LINWOOD BARCLAY, former columnist for the Toronto Star, is the #1 international bestselling author of nine critically acclaimed novels, including The Accident, Never Look Away, and No Time for Goodbye, which has been optioned for film. He lives near Toronto with his wife and has two grown children.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9.24 × 6.18 × 1.17 inPublished:September 4, 2012Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385669577

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining, but not his best With a unique set of characters and a modern mystery, I was confident this couldn't go wrong. Though I did enjoy the tests, turns and non-stop thrills, the novel had too much going on. The story began to suffer because there was so much backstory to attend to. Though Barclay intertwined the stories well, a little less would have been beneficial.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Loved it as usual.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great novel I've previously read two Linwood Barclay's and was so excited for another. This wasn't bad but it wasn't as compelling as some others. However, as I was reading the very last page I realized the biggest twist was just revealed. I was totally surprised and love it!!
Date published: 2016-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Twists and Turns I loved this book. It is full of unexpected twists and turns and never gets boring. The author spins his tale using modern technology in a very interesting way.
Date published: 2015-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable Another fabulous book! I love Barclay's characters especially Thomas. His books are always like putting together a puzzle.
Date published: 2015-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Barclay's Best Yet I have read almost all of Linwood Barclay's thrillers and this is by far the best. A definite must read if you enjoy thrillers!
Date published: 2015-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Trust your eyes Fantastic. Always keeps you guessing who did it. You think you have it figured out and then find out you were wrong. Loved it.
Date published: 2014-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from First time reading this author Excellent read lots of twists and turns
Date published: 2014-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trust your eyes You're caught up from start to surprising finish! Another excellent read from Mr. Barclay.
Date published: 2014-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I didn't figure it out Usually I guess the ending of books. I didn't know this one until the end.
Date published: 2014-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I didn't figure it out My wife and I both read this book and enjoyed it. We like all of his work.
Date published: 2013-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I didn't figure it out This is definitively one of the most riveting novels I have ever read. The twists and turns of the plot kept me on 'the edge of my seat' right until the very last page.
Date published: 2013-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!!! What a ride I have read Lynnwood Barclay before, and liked his stuff, but this was one of his best. Great story line. Just when you think you have it figured out, you don't. Hard a hard time putting this this one down. And a bonus he is Canadian. He is right there with James Patterson, Dean koontz, John grisham and the like. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2013-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I didn't figure it out Great Read. I started reading this book and I could not put it down ,I would recommend this book to any one who enjoys suspense and mystery with a little love story.
Date published: 2013-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! Talk about a page turner! I'm embarrassed to admit that this was my first Linwood Barclay novel. As he is a Canadian author, I really should have picked up one of his books before now! He also writes in a genre that I love - suspense. Trust Your Eyes has been called "Riveting" by another master storyteller, Stephen King and likened to Hitchcock and, for good reason. This book is a modern retelling of The Rear Window. When Thomas Kilbride, a schizophrenic who spends all of his time on an online 3D map program memorizing the streets and landmarks of the world sees what he believes is an act of murder, his brother Ray is drawn into a web of intrigue that Ray thinks is only one of Thomas' delusions. Armed with the world's maps in his head, house bound Thomas enlists Ray to track down the truth. Linwood Barclay is an awesome storyteller. I enjoyed this book from the start. I found myself reading late into the night just because I couldn't put it down. Each time I thought I had it all figured out, Barclay threw a wrench in my hypothesis and the story took a wild turn. With a number of surprise twists and unexpected surprises, this book will keep you guessing until the very last page. Brilliant and unputdownable! 5 Stars!
Date published: 2013-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book I liked this book
Date published: 2013-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trust Your Eyes Lots of twists and turns
Date published: 2013-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trust You Eyes Awesome read! Lots of twists and turns along the way. Recommend it strongly for a lazy weekend read.
Date published: 2012-12-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dreadful I did not like this book at all. It was so boring I did not get past the third chapter. If I could return it and get my money back, I would.
Date published: 2012-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Rollercoaster Ride!!! TRUST YOUR EYES (LINWOOD BARCLAY) Story Description: Doubleday Canada|September 4, 2012|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-385-66957-3 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 Whirl360.com, 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 humours 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. My Review: Thomas Kilbride, a man with schizophrenia witnesses an attempted murder on a website called Whirl360.com. Thomas memorizes street names from cities around the world which is how he stumbled upon this scene. He is so upset that he convinces his brother, Ray, who looks after him to investigate. Thinking he is placating and humouring, Thomas, they both soon learn that getting involved was huge mistake and now their lives are at stake. Trust Your Eyes is a thrilling rollercoaster ride that you won’t want to get off. The thrills, suspense, and intrigue just keep coming and coming. As usual, Linwood Barclay, has penned a stupendous novel! This is a keeper that I’d like to read again just to experience the thrills a second time around.
Date published: 2012-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Rollercoaster Ride!!! TRUST YOUR EYES (LINWOOD BARCLAY) Story Description: Doubleday Canada|September 4, 2012|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-385-66957-3 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 Whirl360.com, 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 humours 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. My Review: Thomas Kilbride, a man with schizophrenia witnesses an attempted murder on a website called Whirl360.com. Thomas memorizes street names from cities around the world which is how he stumbled upon this scene. He is so upset that he convinces his brother, Ray, who looks after him to investigate. Thinking he is placating and humouring, Thomas, they both soon learn that getting involved was huge mistake and now their lives are at stake. Trust Your Eyes is a thrilling rollercoaster ride that you won’t want to get off. The thrills, suspense, and intrigue just keep coming and coming. As usual, Linwood Barclay, has penned a stupendous novel! This is a keeper that I’d like to read again just to experience the thrills a second time around.
Date published: 2012-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! What a wild ride of a read! Trust Your Eyes is the latest book from Canadian author Linwood Barclay. In tiny letters on the front cover it also says 'A Thriller.' This really should read A THRILLLER. Barclay is always good for a wild ride of a read, but this time he's outdone himself! Thomas Kilbride loves maps. When a new computer program called Whirl360 is released he is in heaven. He can continue his 'work' - memorizing the streets of all the major cities in the world. "You picked a spot anywhere on the globe and initially viewed the location from above, either in a traditional map form or in satellite mode, as though you were suspended in the sky. You could click on a specific street, and see it. Really see it. Like you were standing there, right in the middle of it. With each click of the mouse you progressed several yards ahead. If something in a store window or a restaurant caught your eye, you could zoom in on it. Read the daily special - 'Liver and onions $5.99' if you wanted." (sound familiar?) And then one day, Thomas looks up at a building in New York. Normally he doesn't, but today he does. And he sees something - "What was that he was witnessing? Someone putting a bag over another person's head? Cutting off their air supply? Smothering them? Who was this happening to? A man? A woman? And who was doing it to them?" But who can he tell? Who will believe him? For map obsessed Thomas is also schizophrenic and lives an isolated life, never leaving his home. When Thomas's brother Ray comes back home to help him out, he is torn between humouring Thomas and dismissing his ramblings. But what if...? And don't worry, I haven't spoiled the book for you, as that's all in the first few pages! Each subsequent chapter introduces us to many other characters, scenes and situations. I wondered how in the world would these disparate threads be woven together? Quite ingeniously as it turns out. Barclay kept me frantically turning pages as the action ramped up and the twists and turns kept me off balance as the plot went places I could never have imagined. There were several little gotchas that were really clever and had me going back to reread to see what I had missed catching. And I really couldn't put it down - I devoured in a day when I had no electricity for 10 hours. (long story) Definitely recommended....and you might want to think twice about a certain computer program...
Date published: 2012-09-07

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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