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ISBN13: 9780061656026
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“Gross is a top-notch thriller writer.”
—Chicago Sun-Times

“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.”
—Nelson DeMille

New York Times bestselling author Andrew Gross solidifies his position as one of todays very best suspense authors with Eyes Wide Open. Joining his previous bestsellers The Blue Zone, The Dark Tide, Dont 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.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Andrew Gross is the author of the New York Times and international bestsellers No Way Back, 15 Seconds, Eyes Wide Open, The Blue Zone, The Dark Tide, Don't Look Twice, and Reckless. He is also coauthor of five number one bestsellers with James Patterson, including Judge & Jury and Lifeguard. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages.

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Lilian Cheng, December 28, 2012 (view all comments by Lilian Cheng)
Ugh. I picked up Eyes Wide Open because I was hoping for the same non-stop action, heart-pounding page-turner that was 15 Seconds, which I enjoyed this past summer. Unfortunately, Eyes Wide Open was not that book. The unoriginal plot not only was messy and extremely repetitive. Pace was frustratingly slow. The characters were not only unlikable, but confusing. The villains defied logic. And the police are useless. However, there were some wonderful suspenseful moments. I also applaud Gross for using his only experiences, but overall Eyes Wide Open was just your average suspense novel that I would hesitate to even call it a thriller.

When In Crisis, Just Claim You're A Doctor
Or at least that's how the protagonist, Jay Erlich, operates. "I'm a doctor." seems to be his default automated message. He says it to emergency personal, cops, reporters, taxi drivers, everyone else he meets. I get it, you have a fancy medical degree, so what? What being a doctor has to do with solving crime is beyond me.

Perhaps his pride is what keeps him from CALLING THE POLICE.

For some reason, all of Jay's "guesses" turn out to be correct, or somehow turn into truths as the story progresses. The witnesses claim to be unsure of the suspect's gender. Along the way, the suspicions are dropped, and everyone believes the suspect is a woman...because a doctor (who didn't even speak to the witness) suspected it.

Also, Don't Tell Your Family Anything
One of the most annoying parts of the novel is Jay's numerous phone calls to his over-reacting wife. He's only gone for a week, and she's already freaking out. Gosh, woman! Calm down! It's ONLY been a week. I thought at any point she would be filing for divorce. His I'm not going to tell my wife anything because she won't understand attitude doesn't help matters either. What kind of marriage is this? I'm supposed to like this guy? Really?

I Have No Compassion For These People
The author tried to make Charlie and Gabby pitiful, unlucky victims who just lost their son. But their reliance on family money, being on welfare, having no job, drug addictions, left me disgusted.

Shifting POVs:
I don't mind multiple perspectives. In fact, I welcome them. But the shifting POVs from first-person to third-person, and to different characters, was confusing. Especially because it was not mentioned in the chapter heading. Every few chapters I'm left with "Who is this again?!?!"

Plot Holes, I'm Not Falling In You!
To do what these criminals are capable of, they must work for the mafia. I thought these people were supposed to be delusional druggies, but somehow they are VERY capable of hunting down people. I swear they must have access to police records.

I have no idea why Jay thinks the criminal (who is supposed to be poor) has the money fly to New York to kidnap his son, and then fly right back. The face-off between Jay and the criminals was easily the worst part of the novel. He pleads the police not to shoot the criminal, who is charging at him with a knife, because "he has my son!" You want to be dead, or what? I have no idea why Jay would think the criminal would even tell him the location of his kidnapped son. But Jay is missing a few brain cells like that.

Ending (WHAT IS THIS?):
I didn't even know it was the ending until I started reading the Afterword and was like "What is this? This doesn't fit into the plot!" I was looking for an ending with more finality, but I was just glad the book was over. But I guess Gross was leaving room for suspense. I would prefer the epilogue to be left out for it only made me dislike Max (Jay's son,) who sounded like the stereotypical teenager whose vocabulary didn't stretch beyond "Sweet!," "Cool!," and "Awesome!" Ewww. I only met him for three pages and I already dislike him. Maybe it's because I'm a teenager (technically) that I am extra perceptive to the way teens are being portrayed.
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sharrona, November 6, 2012 (view all comments by sharrona)
Having read a few of the Women's Murder Club mysteries co-authored by Andrew Gross and James Patterson, I was expecting a fast-paced, tightly-plotted thriller. EYES WIDE OPEN did not disappoint. It also tapped into some unresolved fears I didn't know I had about cult-type mass murders from my teenage years. The characters were believable, and their actions were consistent with their own reality. And this is a quick read -- not too much deep thinking required of the reader, and it's so darn compelling that you just blaze through it to find out what's happening on the next page!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061656026
Author:
Gross, Andrew
Publisher:
Harper
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Edition Description:
Mass Market PB
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5 x 1.00901 in 8.96 oz

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"Synopsis" by , 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.

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