★ ★ ★
All across social media I read praise for The Blinds and seen it was a much-anticipated release, so when I had the opportunity to read it, I couldn’t wait to get started. Set in a secret rural Texas town, Caesura, but better known as The Blinds, is populated by dangerous criminals and innocents who’ve had their memories erased so they can have a second chance at a new life with new identities. When one of the residents commits suicide, no one is surprised, but a couple months later another is murdered, and residents want answers. The Blinds is a place harboring secrets that releases chaos when agents start investigating the little hidden away community.
Despite nearing 400-pages, The Blinds is a quick read that is told throughout a week’s time, each chapter titled a day of the week from Monday through Friday. While marketed as a thriller, I found this more as mystery-suspense with a noir western vibe and didn’t feel it had any substantial aspects of a thriller. That said, this was a dark story with a unique setting, complex characters, and overall an entertaining read that was a page-turner from the first page. There was an overwhelming dread for the characters and all the unknown that was going on within this little community they knew nothing about. As the story progressed, it felt like a plague was washing over the inhabitants and town, and I could not put it down for long in between reads because I wanted to know what was going on in The Blinds. Within the plot, there are sub-plots that merge as the story progresses until we reach the final chapter that became a little tedious but didn’t really impact my overall view on the book because it all weaved into a shocking conclusion.
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.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Ecco
I received a copy in exchange for an unbiased review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.