Trust Your Eyes: The Mystery on the Internet
By Karen Ballum on September 05, 2012
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I love a good thriller. I like stories that keep me guessing and have me ignoring everything around because I must find out what really happened. Trust Your Eyes is one of those books. What happens when someone sees something he shouldn't on the internet and decides to investigate? For the characters, the answers is nothing good, but for readers, the answer is a story that will keep you up late at night turning the pages.
When Thomas Kilbride is exploring New York City via the mapping website whirl360, he does something he rarely does -- he looks up. What he sees takes him by surprise and worries him. It seems that when the company was capturing images for its street-level map views, they may have accidentally captured evidence of a horrible crime taking place. Thomas tells his older brother, Ray, and when they start looking at what may have happened, it plunges them into something bigger -- and far more dangerous -- then they ever imagined.
I think one of the things that I love about suspense novels is that there is rarely just one mystery to be solved. Barclay offers up tidbits of information that involves a number of mysteries. Does the crime in the window have a tie to New York politics? How does an Olympic-medal-winning gymnast become an assassin for hire? And what really happened to Thomas and Ray's father? Was his death truly accidental? Is former President Bill Clinton really in communication with Thomas? Half the fun in a novel like Trust Your Eyes is moving all those mysteries around like puzzle pieces trying to figure out how they all fit together.
I made many guesses while I was reading Trust Your Eyes, and almost all my guesses were wrong. That happens to me a lot. I am very good at going down the path that authors set for me. Barclay surprised me right up to the end and while the final reveal was something I distinctly did not want (Shh! No spoilers!), I like that he kept me guessing right up to the final pages. In my opinion, there's nothing worse than thinking you have the puzzle figured out early in the book and being right about it. Where's the fun in that?
Trust Your Eyes is the perfect kind of read for the autumn. It will keep you on the edge of your seat. And you just might not look the same way at street-level map views ever again.