Publication Date: 01/02/2018 ISBN: 9780571341290 Category:
Featured in Mr B's 2018 Christmas Catalogue

The Blinds

Adam Sternbergh

Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date: 01/02/2018 ISBN: 9780571341290 Category:
Paperback / Softback



Mr B's review

Mr B’s Christmas Catalogue Review 2018

If you’re after a belter of a twisty turny thriller then this is your boy. The idea is simple, a town in the desert entirely made up of witness relocation, mostly very bad people with a tiny percentage of innocents. The hook is that they have all had the memory of their crime wiped, they are all effectively innocent again. And then three newcomers arrive who haven’t been wiped; they know who everyone is and have a murderous agenda.


This may not be a prison, and it may not purgatory, but it’s sure as hell not a paradise either…
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. All they do know is that they opted into the programme and that if they try to 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, heartbreak and betrayal, and it’s fit to burst.

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