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Book review: Trust Your Eyes (Linwood Barclay)


So, I'm still on my bloggy vacation as I work on revising my novel (so, it's not actually a vacation, technically). But I'm still reading (as per always) and currently am expanding my horizons to try and read new and different types of things. This is mostly because I don't want to read anything too similar to my novel (which removes YA novels, my usual pick).

And enter... Linwood Barclay's "Trust Your Eyes." (A Canadian author!!) 

The concept of this book is impossible not to describe in terms of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, so here you go. Rather than a guy with a broken leg who witnesses a murder in the apartment across the way, this book is about a schizophrenic guy who never leaves his house who witnesses a murder on Google Maps Whirl360.

Similar to how the teen movie Disturbia twisted the Rear Window formula to make it suit contemporary audiences, this book embraces technology to show a guy who is forced out of his shell to convince people that he's not crazy - he really did witness a murder.

This book isn't just a copy of Rear Window, however. The book's main character is a detective, and the homebound guy is his brother. Although it's a mystery and a thriller, at its heart it's a story of these two brothers.

And... they're talking about this book on the BlogHer book club, so head on over there for more thoughts on this book!


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

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