Have I mentioned I like Linwood Barclay books?
I really enjoyed Trust Your Eyes, it was a quick read with an unpredictable story-line and packed full of satisfying characters.
There were several different sub stories at play during this book and the one regarding the death of Chris and Ray’s father was excellent, very subtle and low key through the book but excellent. I read those bits with a knot in my stomach knowing what Ray was thinking, and hoping wasn’t true.
There are lots of characters to keep tabs on but Linwood Barclay writes so eloquently that you have no trouble keeping track of everyone and the end result is that of a whirlwind, a twister and a hurricane of stories all combining together to make one massive super-storm of a book.
There was a darker thread throughout the book, a separate story-line regarding Thomas, which I felt was incredibly well done as it was portrayed sensitively and yet it didn’t seem out of place within the rest of the book.
I loved the hit woman, I loved Ray, I thought Thomas’ traits and personality were incredibly well observed and I enjoyed the tongue in cheek aspect of the talks with the president!
The only negative for me was Ray’s romantic relationship, something about it just felt a bit false. I know it was kinda integral to the story but I think it would have worked better without the romance included.
Another absolute blinder (no pun intended) from Mr Barclay, although Never Saw It Coming is still my favourite!
Synopsis: Map-obsessed Thomas spends his days and nights on a virtual tour of the world through his computer screen, believing he must store the details of every town and city in his head. Then one day, while surfing a street view program, he sees something that shouldn’t be there: a woman being murdered behind a window on a New York street.
When Thomas tells his brother Ray what he has witnessed, Ray humours him with a half-hearted investigation – until he realises Thomas may have stumbled onto a deadly conspiracy, which puts them both in danger…
With enough suspense to rival a Hitchcock film, this is a thriller with edge.