Eyes Wide Open (Mass Market Paperbound)
Jay Erlich's nephew has been found at the bottom of a cliff at Morrow Bay--a tragic suicide, it appears, until secrets from the past rear up again.
Years ago, Jay's older brother, Charlie, a wayward child of the sixties, fell under the sway of a charismatic but deeply disturbed cult leader in California--a mesmerizing human monster who set a nightmare of violence into motion. Charlie moved on and raised a family, but the demons that nearly destroyed him never completely disappeared.
Heading west to help his grieving brother, Jay finds himself being pulled back into Charlie's dark history. In a story of two brothers--one successful, the other outcast and troubled--Jay must put his family and life on the line to uncover the truth behind his brother's son's death, a dark and dangerous quest that threatens to bring up the secrets of the past once again . . . and plunge him over the edge into the depths of evil.
“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.”
“A chilling page-turner drawn from the author’s life.”
“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. ”
“Gross is a master of 3-dimensional characters... compelling with its intensity.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Gross is a master of 3-D characters….Compelling with its intensity….Gross has written his best book to date.”
“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…”
“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.