We can always count on certain things when reading Linwood Barclay's novels, interesting characters, nail biting suspense and a great story.
In "Trust Your Eyes," Ray Kilbride, a man you might meet anyplace, comes home for his father's funeral. Then he must decide what to do with his schizophrenic brother, Tom who spends most of his time glued to the computer.
Tom has a computer program called Whirl 360, where the website allows him to look at actual streets and what is going on, all over the world.
He sees something that looks like a major crime happening. He won't be satisfied until he can be sure what happened and asks Ray to check it out. In this manner, the two brothers stumble on to a major conspiracy.
Elsewhere, Morris Sawchuck is running for governor. Someone contacts his wife, Bridget, and demands a meeting.
Tom narrates his portion of the story. His disbelief of the situation turns to extreme anxiety in a manner where the reader is drawn into the action. Reading his actions in the first case, with the use of "I" a number of times, we feels as if we were the person speaking and it is our own adventure.
Barclay is a talented story writer and his prose has a cinematic quality as we observe not only the action but the scene itself, whether it is in an antique shop with walls lined up with Royal Doulton figurines or old fashioned cameras, or a frantic man in the backseat of a New York cab, telling the bored driver that he must go faster to save someone's life.
Everything comes together nicely in a satisfactory conclusion. I enjoyed this novel very much and have only one suggestion. Don't miss it.