Title: Trust Your Eyes
Author: Linwood Barclay
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Ray Kilbride isn’t thrilled to be back in his hometown. His father just passed away, so he has to put his affairs in order, but he wants to leave as soon as possible. The problem is Ray’s brother Thomas, who is schizophrenic and spends all his time in his bedroom memorizing maps. Ray doesn’t know how to deal with his brother, so when Thomas comes to him claiming to have seen a murder on his online map software, Ray doesn’t know what to think.
Trust Your Eyes is a thriller that takes on the world of online satellite maps. Thomas Kilbride spends his days memorizing cities across the globe. His recall is incredible, yet for all his intelligence, he barely can function is his day-to-day life. It’s easy to understand why Ray is so frustrated with his situation. He can’t leave Thomas alone in the house because he’ll be unable to feed and take care of himself, yet Thomas refuses to consider moving to an assisted living facility where his needs can be met. Barclay does a great job portraying the frustrations of living with someone with a mental illness, as well as showing how many simply cannot understand the intricacies of such a condition.
The novel tells two different storylines simultaneously: that of Thomas and Ray’s, and that of a political campaign. It’s difficult to see how the two are connected at first, and admittedly, the political campaign storyline is slow. Eventually, the dual plotlines merge, but even then, it’s Thomas and Ray who have the more interesting story.
Barclay takes the reader on many different twists and turns in Trust Your Eyes. Readers will think the story is leading in one direction, only to have the author surprise them with another plot twist. It’s an entertaining read, to be sure, and while it’s not one that will stick with the reader long-term, it’s great when you’re looking for an effortless read.