Eyes Wide Open
By Andrew Gross
(William Morrow, Hardcover, 9780061655968, 352pp.)
Publication Date: July 12, 2011
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A horrible family tragedy that may not be what it seems . . .
A past encounter with an infamous killer turns deadly today . . .
An ordinary man must risk his own family to find the truth.
Jay Erlich's nephew has been found at the bottom of a cliff at Morrow Bay. It's all just a tragic suicide, until secrets from the past begin to rear up again. Did a notorious killer, jailed for many decades, have his hand in this?
Years ago, Jay Erlich's older brother, Charlie, a wayward child of the sixties, set out for California, where he fell under the sway of a charismatic but deeply disturbed cultlike figure. Tragedy ensued and lives were destroyed, but as the decades passed, Charlie married and raised a family and lived a quiet, secluded life under the radar. Yet the demons that nearly destroyed him never completely disappeared.
When Jay heads out west to help his grieving brother, he is pulled back into Charlie's pastand begins to suspect that his nephew's suicide may not have been that at all. With eyes wide open, Jay puts his own life at risk to uncover the truth, a quest that goes beyond the edge of madness and a family haunted by a secret past . . . and into the depths of evil.
Drawing on two real-life experiences from his own past, Gross has crafted a richly personal, yet utterly terrifying tale of two brothers, one successful, one wayward, trying to bridge the gap of what tore them apart.
“An emotional, frightening study of evil with believable characters and a relentless pace. Readers who wear pacemakers will want to check their batteries before they open the book.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Gross’s suspenseful second stand-alone thriller (after The Blue Zone) raises chills and strains credulity in almost equal measure.”
“A chilling page-turner drawn from the author’s life.”
“An energetic story with brisk action and a personal tale about a family gone awry .. vivid story-telling makes each aspect of EYES WIDE OPEN creepily realistic, including the chilling ending. ”
“Gross is a master of 3-dimensional characters... compelling with its intensity.”
“A good read... an eye-opener... a dramatic story.”
-St. Augustine Record
“A dark psychological thriller that moves at a fast pace... totally engrossing and one book you do not want to pass on.”
“Each and every page of this thriller makes the goosebumps stand up as high as they will go... a superb novel full of fear, chills and mind-games that are truly unforgetable!”
-Feathered Quill Book Reviews
“Gross offers dysfunction galore in this psychological thriller.”
“Gross is a master of 3-D characters….Compelling with its intensity….Gross has written his best book to date.”
“If there are tricks of the trade, Gross has learned them all. He writes with seeming ease, offering no fancy stylistic tics, no overwrought prose, no melodrama, just a menacing tale with effective twists, perfect pacing, intriguing characters, and heart-gripping suspense.”
-Library Journal (starred review)
“Gross’s suspenseful second stand-alone thriller…raises chills…”
“Emotional weight... a harrowing story that works its own terrible magic on a reader... a high velocity page-turner... the personal drama moves us before the thriller elements kick into high gear.