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*** 1/2 stars. By chance this year I have read three books by this author, who is new to me. This one is by far the best of the three. Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves the safety of his bedroom. With a computer program called Whirl360.com, however, he travels the world via cameras that film every street and building of cities. Thomas can tell you every business and home on a street corner in Amsterdam. When their father, who had lived with and cared for Thomas, dies, his brother Ray returns home intending to sell the house and place Thomas in a group home. One day Thomas detects an image in a window...an image that looks like a woman being murdered. Day by day Ray learns the extent of Thomas's disability as he takes care of him, cooking for him, dealing with the outside world on his behalf, and listening to his intricate and increasingly paranoid theories. Ray also begins to wonder if something happened to Thomas when he was 13 as he observes his behaviors, fears, and stories of a troubled relationship with their father. When Thomas tells Ray that he has seen a murder, he humors him with a half-hearted investigation. But Ray soon realizes he and his brother have stumbled onto a deadly conspiracy. I was skeptical when I started the book because I had not particularly enjoyed the previous books, but Mr. Linwood won me over with a carefully laid out plot that keeps you guessing until the very end with one final shocker just when you thought the roller-coaster ride was over.
posted Jul 7, 2013 at 7:03PM
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Map obsessed; rarely leaves bedroom; uses a computer program to travel the world without leaving his bedroom;.