“Gross is a top-notch thriller writer.”
“Andrew Gross knows how to make your skin crawl. Eyes Wide Open should be read with the door shut and the lights on; a truly terrifying descent into evil.”
New York Times bestselling author Andrew Gross solidifies his position as one of today’s very best suspense authors with Eyes Wide Open. Joining his previous bestsellers The Blue Zone, The Dark Tide, Don’t Look Twice, and Reckless, Eyes Wide Open is another brilliant example of the contemporary thriller done absolutely right. In this relentlessly exciting page-turner, a man must investigate a shattering personal tragedy that is somehow connected with a charismatic cult leader from the ‘60s. James Patterson, Harlan Coben, David Baldacci, John Grisham, Jonathan Kellerman, Jeffery Deaver, Lisa Gardner, Nelson DeMille, Tess Gerritsen—Andrew Gross stands tall in their elite company.
Gross's suspenseful second stand-alone thriller (after The Blue Zone) raises chills and strains credulity in almost equal measure. When successful surgeon Jay Erlich learns that his troubled 21-year-old nephew, Evan, the son of his older brother, Charlie, jumped to his death off a rock in California's Morro Bay, Jay travels to the coastal town of Grover Beach to help Charlie and Charlie's wife, Gabriella, "both bipolar, each with a history of drug and alcohol abuse." The distraught couple are wondering why a suicidal Evan was released from the county hospital shortly before the tragedy. Though Jay gets no assistance from Charlie and little from the detective on the case, he discovers some disturbing if obscure clues to other deaths past and present linked to Charlie's involvement in the 1970s with cult figure Russell Houvnanian, who went to prison with some of his commune followers for gruesome murders that echo the Charles Manson killings. Gross ratchets up the violence as Jay and his own family become targets for revenge.
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Well written and suspenseful
This was a well written novel with straight-forward dialog and plenty of suspense. The plot was quite straight-forward and the characters very believable. It seemed very realistic to me and evoked memories of events from the 60s.
The fact that the inspiration for the novel arose from real events which directly affected the author makes this an even more poignant read. The tragic loss is even more real.
This was my first read of author Andrew Gross but it will not be my last.
Eyes wide open
Great read! Fast paced couldn't put it down.
eyes wide open-fun to read but implausible
enjoyed reading but inconsistencies in the book and laughably impossible medical scenarios took the thrill out of the book.
Was he stabbed to death or was he stangled? Zorn's death is attributed to both...yet apparently the strangulation wins out.
Was Dr. Erlich's blood pressure and heart rate low or was it back to normal minutes later after he gets brutally assaulted?
Sigh....as an ER/trauma nurse in a Level One truma center, these types of inconstencies are pretty obvious.
Fast-paced and a fast read.