Book 19 of 2019: Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
We all have our tried and true authors, and I've never met a novel by Linwood Barclay I didn't enjoy, so when a friend I was visiting offered me her copy of Trust Your Eyes, a 2012 novel I hadn't read, I immediately picked it up for the plane ride home. This is the story of two brothers--Thomas, who is map-obsessed and rarely leaves his house, and Ray, who is watch over his brother after their father passes away. When Thomas sees what looks like a woman being murdered while exploring the world through a computer program, he gets Ray to follow up it, sending them both into the middle of a conspiracy that could be deadly.
Barclay's novels while often not ground-breaking are always just solid: well-written, good characterization, and smartly plotted, and some fun twists. Trust Your Eyes wasn't my favourite novel by him, but I definitely still enjoyed it. This was a good read that I finished in a couple days, but months later, most of the details have faded. I especially liked the way that Barclay handled the complicated relationship between Ray and Thomas, it's an excellent example of sibling relationships. I also enjoyed Ray's perspective, his voice was well-written, sympathetic, but also, appropriately frustrating at times. Ultimately, I thought there were just the right amount of clues to make Trust Your Eyes page-turning, surprising, and a satisfying read. I'll definitely continue to pick up books by Barclay in the future and I hope to read more of his backlist when I have the chance.