BOLO Top Read of 2017
PopSugar Best Book of 2017
From the Edgar Award-nominated author of Shovel Ready, a blistering new thriller that Dennis Lehane calls “propulsive and meaningful”
For fans of Cormac McCarthy, Jim Thompson, the Coen Brothers, and Lost
Imagine a place populated by criminals—people plucked from their lives, with their memories altered, who’ve been granted new identities and a second chance. Welcome to The Blinds, a dusty town in rural Texas populated by misfits who don’t know if they’ve perpetrated a crime or just witnessed one. What’s clear to them is that if they leave, they will end up dead.
For eight years, Sheriff Calvin Cooper has kept an uneasy peace—but after a suicide and a murder in quick succession, the town’s residents revolt. Cooper has his own secrets to protect, so when his new deputy starts digging, he needs to keep one step ahead of her—and the mysterious outsiders who threaten to tear the whole place down. The more he learns, the more the hard truth is revealed: The Blinds is no sleepy hideaway. It’s simmering with violence and deception, aching heartbreak and dark betrayals.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
For some reason, memory erasure seems to be a growing concern for today’s mystery and thriller writers. But we’ve never read a story like The Blinds, which is set in a fenced-in, blasted Texas town called Caesura where federal witnesses are sent for protection—but only after the details of their criminal cases are wiped from their brains. Adam Sternbergh’s writing has old-fashioned style, and his characters are gloriously cinematic. We enjoyed being toyed with as a string of unsettling incidents rock the addled townspeople and their problematic sheriff.
Guilt, memory, and redemption swirl through this inventive science-fiction-based thriller from Edgar-finalist Sternbergh (Shovel Ready). In Caesura, an isolated Texas town that's part penal colony, part rehabilitation experiment, Sheriff Calvin Cooper keeps the peace in a community that mixes the most savage of criminals with the victims of horrible crimes. What allows the two groups to coexist is that all their memories have been selectively edited to erase their recollections of their respective crime experiences. The fragile calm shatters when first one, then two residents are shot dead in a place where guns don't officially exist. As the wider world intrudes, Cooper must handle new arrivals, work with the shadowy institute that has supplied the research and technology for memory editing, and defend his town against cynical outside forces that could burst the bubble that defines Cooper's world. It's a clever premise, but the many contrivances that support the plot don't hold up as the novel moves briskly toward its conclusion, whose twists are telegraphed a little too clearly to preserve the element of surprise.
A pretty good read, although a little convoluted and hard to follow at times. A number of run-on sentences in various scenes which made my head wobble.
However, a very original premise with very colorful and well developed characters. A lot of dark humor as well, always well appreciated! I liked the book well enough to want to get the audiobook at some point!
A complex sy-fi hometown thriller, with a gentle voice as if told by a Scout Master to his tenderfoots around a campfire that night. Far superior to every best seller that does little more than flutter on a page. Extraordinarily clever.