|EYES WIDE OPEN
||Titled Killing Hour
Jay Erlich is a successful and respected surgeon and dad enjoying a romantic twentieth wedding anniversary on the beach when a call comes with the shocking news that his twenty-one year old nephew has been found dead at the bottom of a famed landmark cliff, ruled a suicide. Years before, Jay’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 cult figure. A horrible tragedy ensued, lives were destroyed, but as the decades passed, Charlie married and raised a family, living a quiet, secluded life in a Central California beach town, under the radar. But the demons from his past have never completely disappeared.
When Jay, to help his grieving brother, heads out West, he begins to suspect that his nephew’s suicide may not have been what it appeared at all. At first against his will, and then determinedly, Jay delves into his brother’s dark past—a labyrinth of secrets, terror, and lies buried in the Sixties, with sons fighting against fathers, broken music dreams, mental illness, and a thirty year old vendetta from an infamous killer as real today as it was back then. With eyes wide open, Jay puts his “happy” life at risk to uncover the truth, a quest that goes beyond the edge of madness and a family brought to the edge. . . straight into the depths of evil.
Drawing on two, real-life experiences from his own life, the tragic suicide of his young nephew and an encounter years ago with a cult-killer who’s name has become synonymous with terror, Gross has crafted a richly personal, yet utterly terrifying tale of two brothers, one successful, the other wayward, trying to bridge the gap that has torn them apart.
In the vein of THE BLUE ZONE, his haunting debut thriller, Gross delivers a rich, yet totally gripping tale of a family haunted by its secret past.
Nelson Demille warns, EYES WIDE OPEN should be read with the door open and the lights on. A truly terrifying descent into evil. A rare and menacing psychological thriller that works on every level. A really great read.”
“A chilling page-turner drawn from the author’s life.” - People
“’Eyes Wide Open’ is intense, compelling. Gross has written his best book to date.” – Associated Press
“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 (Starred Review)
“Gross’s suspenseful second stand-alone thriller…raises chills…”
– Publisher’s 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)
“…Gross expertly shows how evil’s influence can fester through the years before returning even more destructive than before. The author successfully illustrates how a cult leader can maintain control over his followers even while being isolated from them. Gross’ vivid storytelling make each aspect of ‘Eyes Wide Open” creepily realistic, including the chilling ending.” – Sun Sentinel
“’Eyes Wide Open’ is a dark psychological thriller and a gripping story.” – RT Book Review
“…a terrifying descent into madness and obsession. The ending still haunts me.” – Westchester Magazine
“’Eyes Wide Open’ is one of Gross’s best books.”
“A truly terrifying descent into evil. A rare and menacing psychological thriller that works on every level. A really great read.” – Nelson DeMille
“…Andrew Gross is a master at crafting riveting reads.”
– Journal News
"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."
-STARRED Kirkus review
Nelson Demille warns, "EYES WIDE OPEN should be read with the door open and the lights on. A truly terrifying descent into evil. A rare and menacing psychological thriller that works on every level. A really great read."
BookReporter.com, July 2011
EYES WIDE OPEN is one wild ride, wonderfully paced from beginning to end. Impossible to put down at any point, the final third of the novel will have you terrified
Fresh Fiction, June 4, 2011
Eyes Wide Open by Andrew Gross | Hidden secrets from a family's troubled past
Kansascity.com, June 6th 2011
A troubled family and echoes of the Manson family
NBC July 2011
Andy talks about his inspiration for Eyes Wide Open