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Andrew Gross is the author of the New York Times and international bestsellers Everything to Lose, No Way Back, 15 Seconds, Eyes Wide Open, Reckless, Don't Look Back, The Dark Tide, and The Blue Zone. 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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Gross's suspenseful second stand-alone thriller (after The Blue Zone) raises chills and strains credulity in almost equal measure. When successful surgeon Jay Erlich learns that his troubled 21-year-old nephew, Evan, the son of his older brother, Charlie, jumped to his death off a rock in California's Morro Bay, Jay travels to the coastal town of Grover Beach to help Charlie and Charlie's wife, Gabriella, "both bipolar, each with a history of drug and alcohol abuse." The distraught couple are wondering why a suicidal Evan was released from the county hospital shortly before the tragedy. Though Jay gets no assistance from Charlie and little from the detective on the case, he discovers some disturbing if obscure clues to other deaths past and present linked to Charlie's involvement in the 1970s with cult figure Russell Houvnanian, who went to prison with some of his commune followers for gruesome murders that echo the Charles Manson killings. Gross ratchets up the violence as Jay and his own family become targets for revenge. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

In his fifth solo outing (after Reckless and five number one best sellers coauthored with James Patterson), Gross employs two events from his own life-the suicide of a nephew and a chance encounter with a notorious mass killer-to craft a gripping psychological thriller in which past family secrets return to haunt those least able to bear the horror. Jay Erlich, a vascular surgeon from New York, is celebrating his 20th wedding anniversary when he receives a call from his sister-in-law in California. She and her husband, both wards of the state because of mental illness and dependent on Jay for emotional and financial support, have lost their 21-year-old son to suicide. The boy had shown great promise as a kid, only to fall victim to a perfect storm of mental instability. But did he really commit suicide? Or is this tragedy somehow connected to the distant past and his father's ties to a Charles Manson-like cult leader and a California commune? Verdict 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. A fun summer read for thriller fans. [See Prepub Alert, 1/3/11.]-Ron Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

"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)
"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's suspenseful second stand-alone thriller (after The Blue Zone) raises chills and strains credulity in almost equal measure."--Publishers Weekly
"Gross's suspenseful second stand-alone thriller...raises chills..."--Publishers Weekly
"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)
"A chilling page-turner drawn from the author's life."--People
"Gross is a master of 3-D characters....Compelling with its intensity....Gross has written his best book to date."--Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers

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