"Eyes Wide Open" (William Morrow), by Andrew Gross: A man's promise to always be there for his nephew opens up a forgotten past with horrible consequences in "Eyes Wide Open" by Andrew Gross.
Estranged from his brother, Jay Erlich is surprised when he gets a call from Charlie. Unfortunately, the news isn't pleasant. Charlie's son is dead. Jay decides to visit his brother to offer comfort and help.
As he learns more about his nephew's death, Jay begins to suspect that it's not as straightforward as it may appear. The police don't seem interested in investigating. Since his nephew was mentally ill, the authorities assume he wasn't taking his medication.
Jay cannot stop until he knows the truth, but that will open up secrets hidden for almost two decades. The issues of what family truly means, the struggles of mental illness that affect both the victims and those surrounding them, and the bad decisions of the past that come back with a vengeance are all displayed like an open wound.
Gross is a master of 3-D characters. While not quite a page turner, "Eyes Wide Open" is still compelling with its intensity, and readers need to know if Jay can solve the mystery. Gross has written his best book to date.