The Blinds

The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh
Publication date: August 1, 2017
Publisher: Harper Collins
Hardcover; 400 pages
Genre: Fiction/Thriller/Suspense
Source: Publisher for an honest review

A blistering thriller from the Edgar-nominated author of Shovel Ready—a speculative modern Western with elements of Cormac McCarthy, Jim Thompson, and the Coen brothers that is wickedly funny, razor-sharp, and totally engrossing


Imagine a place populated by criminals-people plucked from their lives, with their memories altered, who’ve been granted new identities and a second chance. Welcome to The Blinds, a dusty town in rural Texas populated by misfits who don’t know if they’ve perpetrated a crime, or just witnessed one. What’s clear to them is that if they leave, they will end up dead.

For eight years, Sheriff Calvin Cooper has kept an uneasy peace—but after a suicide and a murder in quick succession, the town’s residents revolt. Cooper has his own secrets to protect, so when his new deputy starts digging, he needs to keep one step ahead of her—and the mysterious outsiders who threaten to tear the whole place down. The more he learns, the more the hard truth is revealed: The Blinds is no sleepy hideaway. It’s simmering with violence and deception, aching heartbreak and dark betrayals.


My Take:

I wasn't sure what to expect from The Blinds - except that is sounded quirky and fun and different from so many other books I have been reading lately. Fortunately for me, The Blinds grabbed by interest from the first page -- the first paragraph - if truth be told. I couldn't put the book down and read it in a day.


So, there is this place, this isolated, tiny town where criminals as well as people who are "innocents" agree to go to live out their lives. No leaving, no outside contact. No memories of before. All are there voluntarily, so how bad were their options to choose this? The set up is great - and then things get weird. 

I've thought and considered how to review The Blinds and it is a difficult task. I don't want to give anything away -- and there are some pretty interesting and important things that could easily be given away. 

So many things about The Blinds still intrigue me: the way no one in the town knows who they were before they came to the town - or what they did. What kind of stories do they tell themselves about their past? How do they decide to go on and remake their lives and personalities? What kind of person came up with the concept and would actually implement it? 

Oh! Something to keep in mind: nothing and no one is quite what they seem and the truth is a slippery thing.

I highly recommend The Blinds as a fast-paced, quirky, dark, disturbing and oh-so-fun read! 







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