Wednesday, August 24, 2011

HUMPDAY GIVEAWAY: Eyes Wide Open by Andrew Gross

Despite my best intentions, I have not had a chance to read this novel this week, so we will have to rely on this starred review from Kirkus:
Inspired by the death of the author’s nephew, this is a grim psychological thriller sure to shock readers.

Nothing is evil if it’s done out of love. Such is the mantra of a convicted murderer’s cult followers. A troubled teenager falls from a cliff, an apparent suicide. But why would the boy remove one sneaker before jumping? And where is that sneaker? Evan Erlich’s distraught father Charlie is convinced that Evan did not kill himself even though the family had serious internal conflicts. Charlie himself had once led a drug-addled life, and he and his wife Gabby depend on others for their support. Narrator Jay Erlich is Evan’s brother and a successful physician with a loving wife and family and far better circumstances in life. He is drawn deeply into a tangle of fear in which Evan’s death is only the beginning. Jay initially seeks to comfort his brother and sister-in-law over their son’s death, but like any good hero he asks too many questions and never knows when to quit. He crosses paths with Susan Pollack, who has just been released from prison after more than 30 years. Her lover, Russell Houvnanian, is an unrepentant killer with a magnetic personality and a long memory. Houvnanian lingers forever in a super-max prison at California’s Pelican Bay and rarely even sees daylight. What can these people possibly have to do with poor Evan or with the other victims who turn up? And what about the eyes carved into the bodies? Trouble piles on trouble, and absolutely no one is safe, even when it seems that no more disasters can happen.

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.
Other than that, for more info on Eyes Wide Open there's a great interview between Andy and Lisa Gardner on the novel's page here.

I am looking forward to reading and reviewing this novel in the immediate future, and hopefully I'm not the only one, because I have a shiny, new hardback copy to give away to someone who posts a comment below by Wednesday, August 31, 2011.  Usual rules apply.  Good luck to all!


  1. Susan,

    Let me be the first to throw my hat in the ring for the giveaway.I'm looking forward to reading this.


  2. I'll get in on the action for this one.


  3. Hi guys,

    I always hate to do this, but as stated in "the usual rules," for giveaways with less than five entrants, I may cancel the giveaway at my prerogative. I choose to do so at this time.

    Don't despair. I'm posting a new giveaway any minute!