June 14, 2012

Eyes Wide Open by Andrew Gross

Eyes Wide Open by Andrew Gross is a chilling story with some truly evil characters that will make this psychological thriller a story you won’t soon forget. This one will keep the pages moving quickly, so jump right in and start reading it!

Book Description
Jay Erlich's nephew has been found at the bottom of a cliff at Morrow Bay—a tragic suicide, it appears, until secrets from the past rear up again.

Years ago, Jay's older brother, Charlie, a wayward child of the sixties, fell under the sway of a charismatic but deeply disturbed cult leader in California—a mesmerizing human monster who set a nightmare of violence into motion. Charlie moved on and raised a family, but the demons that nearly destroyed him never completely disappeared.

Heading west to help his grieving brother, Jay finds himself being pulled back into Charlie's dark history. In a story of two brothers—one successful, the other outcast and troubled—Jay must put his family and life on the line to uncover the truth behind his brother's son's death, a dark and dangerous quest that threatens to bring up the secrets of the past once again . . . and plunge him over the edge into the depths of evil.” – Eyes Wide Open

My Thoughts
Eyes Wide Open is written without all of the extra details and flowery descriptions, which is something I quite like. Andrew Gross writes his fiction to the point, and in a story such as this, that is really more than enough to do the job. He has mastered psychological suspense, and although this is the first book of his I have read, I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be reading more of his novels in the future.

The characters in the story are believable and memorable. The attachment you have towards them makes it that much more chilling as you read through the story – again, something I really enjoyed. I haven’t known any cult leaders in real life, and stories like this make me steer clear of anything resembling such (even remotely).

Overall, this is a suspenseful and chilling story that fans of this type of novels will enjoy. So if you like mystery, suspense, and thriller stories that can leave you sleeping uneasy at night, this is the book for you!

* Thank you to the publisher of Eyes Wide Open, Harper, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.


Anonymous said...

Sounds good

Steph said...

Not my kind of tale to read usually but my sister might like to read this one

Selina said...

Sounds scary!