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Produktinformation

  • Taschenbuch: 512 Seiten
  • Verlag: HarperLuxe; Auflage: Lrg (12. Juli 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0062064959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062064950
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,6 x 22,9 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2.3 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.652.650 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Produktbeschreibungen

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“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.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A chilling page-turner drawn from the author’s life.” (People)

“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. ” (Miami Herald)

“Gross is a master of 3-dimensional characters... compelling with its intensity.” (abcnews.go.com)

“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.” (Bestsellersworld.com)

“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.” (The Oklahoman)

“Gross is a master of 3-D characters….Compelling with its intensity….Gross has written his best book to date.” (Associated Press)

“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…” (Publishers Weekly)

“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. (Connecticut Post)

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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?

When Jay heads out west to help his grieving brother, he is pulled back into his past—and begins to suspect that his nephew’s suicide may not have been a suicide 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.


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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von sun and sea am 6. August 2012
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What a disappointment- I like Andrew Gross books, but "Eyes wide open" is not a new book.
In the amazon page it says day of publication "Erscheinungstermin: 29. Mai 2012", but if You look carefully further down it says "Reprint" by Harper.
The book was published as "The killing hour" by Harpercollins UK (14. April 2011) although the name of the leading man Dr. Jay is a different last name . The book is not bad, but the 2 books are basically identical. I donŽt know why they keep doing this- publications of the same book with 2 different titles.
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Von Giovanni Gelati am 12. August 2011
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If you haven't read an Andrew Gross novel or just not gotten to this one yet, put it on your list of novels to read or get it in your hands a.s.a.p.; this novel rocks. It is a story that was actually based on real life circumstances of the author and he used it in ways that will have you gripped to the pages, whether they are virtual on the e-reader or just the plain paper. The way he was able to constantly ramp up the tension and move the story forward so quickly is just flat out fun and amazing! The story is fast paced, heart wrenching and emotionally charged. Not being totally invested in this novel is not an option; it just sucks you in. To double your pleasure, save the link I am dropping in from my blogtalk show ,The G-ZONE, and after you read it ,listen in to the conversation and see if some of the questions you may have had about the novel were answered for you.
Here is the synopsis of the novel:
'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.
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Maybe authors who try to get a friend or family member in a novel end up with something really bad.
The anchor for the author seemed to be the death of his bipolar nephew. He starts from the suicede/murder of a bipolar nephew of his hreo.
But in recreating the Manson family and sending them on a revenge tour is way to hard for the author. All acting persons are really badly written.
Just for an example the hero survived an attack on his life and his sister-in law, his nephew was murdered amd his brother has further proof in his home.

Instead of running to the police for protectiong, setting up something with the police, they go to the brothers home and await what the bad boys have to bring on them.
The hero (a medical Dr.) is acting so stupid that you wonder, whether he won his"Dr." in the lottery.

Unfortuanately this is runnnig through the book and the mistakes are more than I could count.
I read it sitting at a pool with nothing better to do.

But in my honest opinion, don't waste time or money on this book.
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Not That Eye Opening 6. Juli 2011
Von Susan K. Schoonover - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Vine Kundenrezension eines kostenfreien Produkts ( Was ist das? )
I decided to read the new thriller EYES WIDE OPEN in large part because a lot of the action takes place in Morro Bay, California. I have fond memories of this central coast town from an LA to San Francisco trip on the Pacific Coast Highway taken quite a few years ago. After receiving the book I discovered the central death in the book was "inspired" by the suicide of the author's nephew who jumped from Morro Bay Rock in a similar manner as the victim in this novel. I was further surprised to discover that a lot of the plot of this fictional book involves a murderous hippie clan quite obviously modeled on the group that committed some of California's most infamous murders in the late 1960's.

EYES WIDE OPEN is a quick read with many short chapters that often end with a cliffhanger. Some of the chapters are told in first person by the protagonist of the book, Jay, a suburban New York surgeon who has come west to help his bereaved brother and sister-in-law. The other chapters are told from the viewpoint and memories of various other characters. The first third of the book is the most interesting and the best written as both the writing and plotting goes down from there to the point that the climax and aftermath of the plot became quite a chore to finish. The author does return to better form with a chilling epilogue that seems to promise a sequel. The book is OK as a beach or plane read but there are so many other books out there that are more worthy of a reader's time.
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Eyes wide open all night 10. Mai 2011
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My eyes were open almost all night as I read this in nearly one sitting. This is a face-paced thriller that steadily weaves a thrilling tale and draws you in each step of the way. Dr. Erlich has an aging hippy brother whose son has just mysteriously died--and no one is sure if it is a suicide or homicide. The doc goes out to console the shaken brother, Charlie, and is drawn into more than he ever expected. The police, mental health hospital, murders in other areas, the doc's own past, and a "Manson family" like group that Charlie knew from his hippie days are all woven into the mix. Ominous clues are found by the doc, who refuses to give up his search for the truth, to his own risk.

There is a psychological dimension to many of the characters, including the deceased boy, Charlie, the brother's father, and the "Manson family" like members from the past that add to the tension in this thriller. There is so much dysfunction that you know there has to be trouble somewhere. The author does a fine job of tying it all together and bringing the book to its climax. The writing style is similar to the author's work with James Patterson--there is a cliff hanger in nearly every chapter that keeps things moving right along.

Get this book if you want your eyes wide open until you have the chance to finish it, because you won't be able to put it down.
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The Title is Talking about the READER 1. Mai 2011
Von Eileen Granfors - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Andrew Gross's thriller, "Eyes Wide Open," is a swiftly read though twisted of a family looking for answers to their son's suicide. The big question is did Evan really jump off a cliff into the Pacific, or was he pushed?

When his successful Uncle Jay comes from the East Coast to try to help his brother (Evan's father), his presence is at first welcomed and then shunned. Charlie has had enough of his brother trying to "save" him. But Charlie cannot seem to cope on his own with his mental issues, drug issues, and wandering lifestyle. His son, the dead Evan, also had been diagnosed as bipolar.

Why can't Jay leave well enough alone and let the cops/coroner do their jobs?

Suffice it to say that Jay can't just walk away, and as he delves further into the mystery, more people die, huge secrets emerge, and the reader definitely has EYES WIDE OPEN.

I'm not a fan of James Patterson with whom Gross has co-authored some titles, but on his own, Gross writes with skill. I'm adding his other works to my "TBR" list!
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Where have I read this before? 3. Juli 2011
Von tom4416 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If you've ever read the infamous book Helter Skelter, then you've already read 3/4's of this book. It was a badly disguised ripoff of the Charles Manson murders used as a storyline for a not particularly good mystery. It seemed like the theme of the book kept getting reiterated by the author, not sure if he thought the reader would be suffering from short term memory loss or what.

In the author's notes in the afterword, Gross mentions that he's never written a book like this before and that it is based loosely on a real life personal tragedy that affected his family. Perhaps he shouldn't attempt to stray from the genre in which he has become successful because this novel simply didn't work for me. Had it not been part of the Vine program with some obligation to finish it and write a review, I probably would not have completed the book.
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Gross is as Gross does 15. November 2011
Von Tghu Verd - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I'm happy to admit devouring Sherlock Holmes, Travis McGee, Bony and Philip Marlowe novels when I was younger, with James Ellroy, Sam Reaves and more recently Brett Battles just some of the other excellent crime writers I have had the pleasure to read.

And I'll happily rate James Patterson as pretty good, so when I saw his "a sexy-as-hell thriller" praise on the dust jacket of "Killing Hour", I figured Andrew Gross must be an OK author.

What I missed was the inside dust jacket, which notes that James Patterson and Andrew Gross have co-authored at least 5 books. Which downgrades Patterson's "sexy-as-hell" comment somewhat, because he can hardly claim any degree of impartiality in his assessment of Gross' style and plotting if they are writing buddies.

Unfortunately, Patterson is clearly the better author because "Killing Hour" was a dud of a book for me.

What made it a dud? First up, the prologue and opening chapter are third person perspective (to set the scene I guess) then it drops into a first person narrative. It was jarring and it seemed unimaginative not to have the first person narrative pick up the pieces in retrospect so that we could journey with him. Then, at what feel like random moments, a chapter will drop back to third person perspective. I guess the intent is to move things along and make sure "we" didn't miss anything, but it is just so clunky.

Second, the prose was pedestrian. "I barely slept that night. I tossed and turned for most of it, my blood racing". That's pretty much the level all the way through. It is not incisive or engaging or even deep and meaningful. Just a drone of descriptive dross, like when my cell phone reads my emails aloud for me. There is no emotion, it is all mechanical, procedural, and even the characters inner voices are from a very shallow pool of introspection. The chapters are generally really short, and I kept having an echo thought that Gross was writing this with a movie playing in his head, as it seems more like a fleshed out screenplay than a gripping yarn.

Lastly, and crippling for me, it just was not that interesting. Master storytellers can take the most banal topic and imbibe it with verve and vigour. Gross sadly goes the other way, taking a reasonable premise and slowly deflating it. I lost my desire to find out what happened early on, and from there on in it was a slug-fest to complete each page and get to the end. And once there, the personal 'revelation' so clumsily exposed was very much "yeah, and...?" There was no journeyman; we did not compellingly connect with the human condition; it was not a topical 'greed is bad' rant against our Western culture or a 'native knows best' diatribe; and our crusader of the mean streets was sufficiently emasculated that even the traditional "Man With No Name" element was missing. In fact, the archetypal characters that provide writers with such a powerful shorthand to our emotions were pretty much muted all the way through.

Maybe Gross' other novels (and esp. the ones with Patterson) are better. I hope so, because my advice is to spend your money on the likes of John D. Macdonald, Brett Battles or Charles Willeford before you spend it on this novel.
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