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È un caldo pomeriggio d'estate e, come promesso, David e Jan portano il loro figlio Ethan, di quattro anni, al parco dei divertimenti. Una giornata scacciapensieri, per staccare dai problemi quotidiani e godersi un po' di tempo in famiglia. A un tratto però, il peggiore incubo di qualunque genitore si avvera. Jan si siede su un muretto solo per allacciarsi una scarpa, ma b È un caldo pomeriggio d'estate e, come promesso, David e Jan portano il loro figlio Ethan, di quattro anni, al parco dei divertimenti. Una giornata scacciapensieri, per staccare dai problemi quotidiani e godersi un po' di tempo in famiglia. A un tratto però, il peggiore incubo di qualunque genitore si avvera. Jan si siede su un muretto solo per allacciarsi una scarpa, ma basta quell'attimo di distrazione perché Ethan scompaia nel nulla. I minuti che passano prima di scoprire che si trattava di un falso allarme sembrano eterni. Ma David ha appena il tempo di riprendersi dallo shock che un'altra scoperta lo sconvolge: questa volta è sua moglie a essere sparita. Da quel momento, la vita di David si trasforma in un incubo, anche perché, non essendoci traccia della donna nelle registrazioni delle telecamere di sicurezza, è su di lui che si concentrano i primi sospetti della polizia. Per dimostrare la propria innocenza e ritrovare Jan è costretto ad accantonare un delicato caso di tangenti che stava seguendo per conto del giornale locale. Ma scavando nella vita della moglie sono molte le cose di lei che scopre di ignorare. E se fosse proprio tra quei segreti che si annidano le risposte che cerca? Solo che ora David non è più così sicuro di volerle conoscere.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Arah-Lynda

    Things are not so good these days for David Harwood. He cannot seem to nail down a solid lead on a corrupt, privately operated, for- profit prison story that he has been chasing for his local paper in Promise Falls, New York. His wife Jan has recently been struggling with seriously, severe bouts of depression and has admitted to David that she has even considered suicide. They definitely could use a break, so spending the day with their four year old son Ethan at a local amusement park, taking Things are not so good these days for David Harwood. He cannot seem to nail down a solid lead on a corrupt, privately operated, for- profit prison story that he has been chasing for his local paper in Promise Falls, New York. His wife Jan has recently been struggling with seriously, severe bouts of depression and has admitted to David that she has even considered suicide. They definitely could use a break, so spending the day with their four year old son Ethan at a local amusement park, taking time to relax and focus on the good stuff, while enjoying a day of fun and frolic seems to be just the ticket. They have barely made it through the gates though, when things really begin to spin out of control, starting with the disappearance of their son. David and Jan seperate, each of them frantically looking for Ethan, who they had taken their eyes off of for only a split second. Thank God, David soon finds him, unharmed and still asleep in his stroller. As soon as he is certain that Ethan is okay he begins to backtrack to find Jan and let her know......except Jan is not answering her cell and after much searching, waiting, and calling her repeatedly, it begins to dawn on David that she has simply disappeared, vanished into thin air! Let me tell you, I have barely scratched the surface of all the twists, turns and sub-plots in this story of murder and deceipt, corruption and betrayal; that simply roars out of the station at break neck speed and never loses pace, hurtling faster, forward to it's mind-numbing conclusion. This is the second book I have read of Linwood Barclay's and it blew me away! He is absolutely brilliant at writing what I would call, domestic thrillers, with a genuinely, believable cast of characters and unnerving,relatable circumstances that keep you on the edge of your seat. No doubt about it, I am definitley looking for another Linwood Barclay novel.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Patrice Hoffman

    I must be honest, the first Linwood Barclay novel I read did him no justice. I'm glad that this thriller in particular, redeemed the author in my mind. The story begins at an amusement park where a father is one moment sharing special moments with his family, and the next is searching frantically for his missing son. Only to find that son then his world be crumbling again at the disappearance of his wife. David Harwood is a reporter who's currently working on a huge story that could possibly tur I must be honest, the first Linwood Barclay novel I read did him no justice. I'm glad that this thriller in particular, redeemed the author in my mind. The story begins at an amusement park where a father is one moment sharing special moments with his family, and the next is searching frantically for his missing son. Only to find that son then his world be crumbling again at the disappearance of his wife. David Harwood is a reporter who's currently working on a huge story that could possibly turn things around for the failing town paper he writes for. But, suspiciously his life is turned upside down. Barclay is extremely detailed in his character development. The main cast in this story were given full fleshed out traits and personalities with a past and motivations for the future. I really liked that aspect of this book. I felt I knew these characters and could believe some of their actions. Even the cliched fat cop, the richer than God "antagonist", or the scum-bucket low-life theives all fit and didn't seem too unbelievable. The one thing I did not like about this novel was that I wanted to scream at David Harwood. He was making a lot of dumb mistakes that suspect 101 should know better than to do. I found him to be completely oblivious to his predicament. That was pretty annoying. One other aspect of this novel I didn't like was its predictability. But overall, it's a well written novel and makes anyone think twice about who they're spouse really is or what the people around them could be hiding. I look forward to reading more from this author.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    My sincere apologies to Mr Linwood Barclay for rating you only 3 stars this was a re read & i must say i loved every minute. David Harwood was having a tough time working for a paper in Promise Falls he is working on a story of a corrupt prison that wants to open in his home town he is finding it tough to get any strong leads so he decides to take his wife Jan their son Ethan to an amusement park. Jan decides to go back out as she left something behind but never returns she goes missing for no My sincere apologies to Mr Linwood Barclay for rating you only 3 stars this was a re read & i must say i loved every minute. David Harwood was having a tough time working for a paper in Promise Falls he is working on a story of a corrupt prison that wants to open in his home town he is finding it tough to get any strong leads so he decides to take his wife Jan their son Ethan to an amusement park. Jan decides to go back out as she left something behind but never returns she goes missing for no apparent reason, David looks everywhere for her but nowhere to be seen Ethan wants his mummy but David assures him she will be back soon. Who had taken him? This was so entertaining kept me on the edge of my seat right to the end a novel filled with lies deceit & Greed. Mr Linwood Barclay let me tell you you have a knack of writing a compelling read every time you write a book i applaud you on your uniqueness & story telling that kept me captivated.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Vivian

    What?? I'm stunned by the reviews that this book has gotten. I can't even understand how he gets published. You always think that he has a premise that will work really well, and then you start to read. Characters that are never believable, very average writing, and the way his characters speak is laughable. I guessed the "villian" within the first few pages and it was downhill from there. Who says to a four year child " ...... But you have to know she loves you more than life itself" about his What?? I'm stunned by the reviews that this book has gotten. I can't even understand how he gets published. You always think that he has a premise that will work really well, and then you start to read. Characters that are never believable, very average writing, and the way his characters speak is laughable. I guessed the "villian" within the first few pages and it was downhill from there. Who says to a four year child " ...... But you have to know she loves you more than life itself" about his mother? Done with Linwood Barclay.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    7/10 This is the second time I’ve read a Linwood Barclay novel and it seems that he’s got a similar style to that of Harlan Coben (earlier, good Coben, not some of his later bland/unbelievable work) in that there is a mysterious circumstance and then layers upon layers added to shroud that mystery before the inevitable conclusion where it all slots into place. I like this type of book, admittedly less so now than I used to, as it’s an easy read to get into and run along with. The plot was intrigu 7/10 This is the second time I’ve read a Linwood Barclay novel and it seems that he’s got a similar style to that of Harlan Coben (earlier, good Coben, not some of his later bland/unbelievable work) in that there is a mysterious circumstance and then layers upon layers added to shroud that mystery before the inevitable conclusion where it all slots into place. I like this type of book, admittedly less so now than I used to, as it’s an easy read to get into and run along with. The plot was intriguing in that a man, wife and son go to a theme park for the day and then the wife goes missing. On further inspection it turns out the wife was never at the park. This pipped my interest and was the reason why I chose it as my Audible selection for the month. I’m newish to the Audible bandwagon which is why I chose this sort of novel to ease me into a longer book than those I’d previously listened to coming in at roughly the 13 hour mark compared to the 5 hours of the others I’d done. The narrator initially didn’t do much for me, he was good without excelling but I soon found that things changed and that I really enjoyed the voices he did for certain characters (even the voice of the Detective Duckworth who came across as a drunk stupid Russian even though he really shouldn’t have with him being a sober, clever American and probably wasn’t intending to). By the end it was the narration that was getting me through this more than the plot. The plot, whilst intriguing, soon slipped away after the initial intrigue. By the halfway mark I’d called it and that’s not something I can often boast. I’d figured out the main twists and where it was going to go which sort of defeated the object of this type of book. They’re usually about the chase up to the big reveal. Without the narrator excelling then I could have easily found my attention waning. I’m glad I did this in audiobook but it wasn’t the best thriller out there. It had been on my “wish list” for quite some time now and as a 2016 aim to clear that beast of a list down I thought why not start here. If you’re looking for a complex thriller that leaves you hanging to the end, you may not get what you’re after here. If you’re looking for a decent story with a couple of twists then it’s not a bad shout. If you like this try: “Pines” by Blake Crouch for a mystery that twists until the end.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dana Moison

    Another great suspense novel by Linwood Barclay! David Harwood, a journalist who’s struggling to make ends meet, is on an innocent day out with his wife and son at the amusement park. Suddenly his son disappears, and David is afraid he’s been kidnapped. Later on, it appears that his wife, Jan, who was depressed in the last few days, showing suicidal behavior at times, is the one who’s gone missing. David is worried sick about her, but it seems that the police is more disturbed by the suspicious Another great suspense novel by Linwood Barclay! David Harwood, a journalist who’s struggling to make ends meet, is on an innocent day out with his wife and son at the amusement park. Suddenly his son disappears, and David is afraid he’s been kidnapped. Later on, it appears that his wife, Jan, who was depressed in the last few days, showing suicidal behavior at times, is the one who’s gone missing. David is worried sick about her, but it seems that the police is more disturbed by the suspicious circumstances of her disappearance and David’s possible involvement. Did some corrupt people caused this tragedy because they wanted to prevent David from publishing a certain story? Who tried to kidnap David’s son? And who is in fact his wife? While there are some questions which is easy for us to answer in the beginning of the story, such as who did what, what is not as clear and makes our imagination work overtime is why they did it. I won’t elaborate on the questions that ran through my mind during the read, to avoid any potentials spoilers, but I’ll admit it took me some time to understand the motives that stood behind the operating characters. It turned out to be a complex and intriguing read. Each time we were introduced to another piece of the puzzle, until finally we could see the whole picture, clearly. I loved reading this book and finished it rather quickly. I would recommend it to all the suspense lovers, and especially readers who are into psychological thrillers!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    Why isn't this in the Promise Falls series?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Edmund

    Never Look Away ranks amongst the best thrillers released this year. While not so deep as to be ever considered literary, the characters of this novel have a realness that is both heart-breaking and frightening. The story is told by David, a small-time reporter who gets himself mixed up in controversy surrounding the construction of a privately run prison in his home-town of Paradise Falls. After making a few barbed comments to a local politician, the CEO of Star-Spangled Corrections and his hire Never Look Away ranks amongst the best thrillers released this year. While not so deep as to be ever considered literary, the characters of this novel have a realness that is both heart-breaking and frightening. The story is told by David, a small-time reporter who gets himself mixed up in controversy surrounding the construction of a privately run prison in his home-town of Paradise Falls. After making a few barbed comments to a local politician, the CEO of Star-Spangled Corrections and his hired thug pay David a private visit that leaves him wondering if he’s bitten off more than he can chew. As if that wasn’t enough David’s wife Jan begins to show signs of depression, and while there is a twist on this later I found this sequence of events particularly heart-renching. The real action begins when Jan and her work-mate disappear and an official police investigation is launched with David as the prime-suspect. Caught between corrupt politicians, a suspicious and stubborn detective, David struggles to deal with the disappearance of his wife and destruction of his life as he knew it. So while the characters are well thought out and the plotline is intelligence Never Look Away has some imperfections – some of the characters are a hairsbreadth away from stereotypeland and there are aspects of the wife’s disappearance which (aside from being hard to explain without spoilers) are a little theme-less, uninteresting and hard to fully reconcile with the overall storyline. Perhaps it’s hard to grasp what the heck I mean here so I’d be interested in hearing what other readers have to say about it...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Wow! Lots of twists and turns!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rick Urban

    "Gone Girl" without the psychological acuity that Gillian Flynn brings to her writing. In fact, there is an air of unreality to the entire book that makes this seem like those CBS tv shows where you know that the characters are just that...fictional characters you would never see in the real world. Which is fine...this is a thriller, and on those terms, it's very entertaining. All the loose threads are tied up at the end, karma gets who it is supposed to, etc. etc. Now let's talk about the Steph "Gone Girl" without the psychological acuity that Gillian Flynn brings to her writing. In fact, there is an air of unreality to the entire book that makes this seem like those CBS tv shows where you know that the characters are just that...fictional characters you would never see in the real world. Which is fine...this is a thriller, and on those terms, it's very entertaining. All the loose threads are tied up at the end, karma gets who it is supposed to, etc. etc. Now let's talk about the Stephen King blurbs about this book: on the cover, it says "The best thriller I've read in five years", and elsewhere he says that the twists are wholly unexpected. As much as I love the man's writing, and I do love it a lot, let this be a warning to those of you out there who pay attention to these things: you cannot believe Stephen King's blurbs! The man is absolutely shameless in over-hyping both other people's projects as well as his own (he is still beating the drum for the tv series of his book Under the Dome, which is one of the stupidest, most lazily written and acted shows on television). And to say that in FIVE YEARS of thrillers being published from around the world, this is the BEST, is hyperbole of the highest order. I know someone will say he's only talking about thrillers HE has read, but this man reads like most people breathe, so it's unbelievable to me that he could rank this book so highly...practically any Michael Connelly book trumps it, just for one example. And perhaps I was predisposed to look for "twists" after his discussion of them, but I'd say 80% of the plot twists were easily deduced ahead of time. So, enjoy the book, it's a fun ride, but don't let Mr. King's exaggerated praise get your hope TOO high...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melinda Schmidbauer

    The book starts off with what seems like an innocent trip to the amusement park -- although why anyone would want to take a four-year-old to an amusement park is beyond my comprehension. When Jan and David Harwood's son goes missing at the park, it is the beginning of a chain of events that has David confused about his family, his job and his sanity. The book sucked me right in, from the first chapter. I received this Friday afternoon, and finished it in less than 24 hours. There are several thin The book starts off with what seems like an innocent trip to the amusement park -- although why anyone would want to take a four-year-old to an amusement park is beyond my comprehension. When Jan and David Harwood's son goes missing at the park, it is the beginning of a chain of events that has David confused about his family, his job and his sanity. The book sucked me right in, from the first chapter. I received this Friday afternoon, and finished it in less than 24 hours. There are several things that I really liked about it. First, it appears to be a "stand-alone" novel, not one of a series. While I like series thrillers (Michael Connelly's Bosch books are a good example), I always feel like I have to read the books in order. With stand-alones, I can jump right into an author's newest book, and then look forward to going back to the previous ones if I like this one. I will definitely go back and look up Barclay's newer books! Second, the point of view shifts throughout the book. Normally, I don't like this, but Barclay is very good at handling the alternating first-person chapters, narrated by David, with the other sections told from the points-of-view of David's wife, the investigating police officer, and other characters as needed. The transitions were not jarring at all; I was never confused or thrown out of the story. Lastly, I really liked the font used in this book. Isn't that weird? It isn't something I normally think about, the size and layout of the print seemed really easy to read, even in the low light of the bedroom, or while I was sitting in the brightly lit living room.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Simón

    What qualities do you look for in a novel? If any of the below fill you with joy and excitement, then this is the book for you! 1. Prose that is so truly prosaic I hoped and suspected it was an intentional parody (apparently it was not). 2. Dialogue so awkward and unpersuasive that it felt like a poorly dubbed movie. 3. Characters so stilted they were surely off-cuts from Geppetto's workshop. 4. Situations and plot-twists so contrived (even by cheap airport thriller standards) you begin to wonder if What qualities do you look for in a novel? If any of the below fill you with joy and excitement, then this is the book for you! 1. Prose that is so truly prosaic I hoped and suspected it was an intentional parody (apparently it was not). 2. Dialogue so awkward and unpersuasive that it felt like a poorly dubbed movie. 3. Characters so stilted they were surely off-cuts from Geppetto's workshop. 4. Situations and plot-twists so contrived (even by cheap airport thriller standards) you begin to wonder if it's a Benny Hill farce. In closing, I would like to thank Mr Linwood Barclay for doubling my appreciation of literary finesse, intimately drawn psychological portraits, and the power of great fiction to turn a mirror to one's very soul.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gertiebee * the little book bee *

    Forgettable characters and a yawn-inducing plot. I felt at least 100 pages could have been cut (or used to develop the characters instead). Overall not something I'd recommend. Thanks for reading with me, Angela xx

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    Wow. What happened? Linwood Barkley is brilliant at coming up with convoluted plots and slowly peeling the layers back, slowly bringing the reader out from a state of unknowing one little reveal at a time. And his characters are quite well drawn. I got quite a kick out of the protagonist's dad, who, I'm embarrassed to say, reminds me a little of myself. No, I haven't made those traffic signs, but it has occurred to me once in a while. But what happened? Did he hand off the writing duties to some ki Wow. What happened? Linwood Barkley is brilliant at coming up with convoluted plots and slowly peeling the layers back, slowly bringing the reader out from a state of unknowing one little reveal at a time. And his characters are quite well drawn. I got quite a kick out of the protagonist's dad, who, I'm embarrassed to say, reminds me a little of myself. No, I haven't made those traffic signs, but it has occurred to me once in a while. But what happened? Did he hand off the writing duties to some kid for the last 50 pages or so? Suddenly the dialogue became inane, and there was one plot development that defied reason so badly that I almost couldn't finish it. (view spoiler)[ Gretchen. Really? Kidnap a kid to get back at the wife (30 years later, mind you) of a guy who's going through the worst hell of his life? Who you had offered a night's stay and nice breakfast because you felt sorry for him? Nice that you were so kind to the lad, though. That's sweet. All is forgiven. (hide spoiler)] Sorry. I can't buy any of that. Even fiction needs to adhere to some understandable human behavior. I will read him again because other than that gap of believability, he is a pretty skilled plot master. But jeez.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gerard Oconnell

    Another great read from Linwood. I Read this in two days,very hard to put down.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Always a fun, wild ride with Barclay!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Do you really know the ones you love?, February 13, 2010 I have read all of Linwood Barclay's back-list and I must say that this one is better than the last two and I'm relieved that he's pulled back a little with the unbelievable endings and returned to writing a taut mystery thriller that is both fast paced and suspenseful. I found both Fear the Worst: A Thriller and Too Close to Home: A Thriller to be just way too over the top and am glad that Barclay has returned to a style similar to the o Do you really know the ones you love?, February 13, 2010 I have read all of Linwood Barclay's back-list and I must say that this one is better than the last two and I'm relieved that he's pulled back a little with the unbelievable endings and returned to writing a taut mystery thriller that is both fast paced and suspenseful. I found both Fear the Worst: A Thriller and Too Close to Home: A Thriller to be just way too over the top and am glad that Barclay has returned to a style similar to the one used with what I consider to be my favorite of his novels, No Time for Goodbye. Yeah, all his books require a bit of suspension of disbelief at the scenarios, but the main character -- almost consistently a family man with a wife and child -- is usually a sympathetic protagonist and one whom you want to see get to the bottom of the mystery. In this novel, newspaper reporter David Harwood is investigating what might be corruption with regard to a new privatized prison that is being hawked as the next best thing for the small town of Promise Falls, New York. He's married to Jan and they have a 4 year old son named Ethan. One day, while they're at an amusement park, one of them disappears!! David races from place to place to figure out what is going on and, although several subplots are brewing simultaneously, the energy and the narrative keep the reader glued to the pages. Even though the reader knows what is happening and why, it's a fun romp to the end. If you like a good mystery thriller, you'll enjoy this one. Recommend.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    Oh, what a wonderful writer! I just loved this book! A very unpredictable plot and just terrific characters. There was a hint of Barclay's old star, Zack Walker, in this main character's father (those driving cards, ha!). Really, this was a spectacular mystery, told with Barclay's characteristic flair and sense of humour. I really enjoyed reading it, and it will be a long wait until his next mystery comes out!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Clarabel

    Ce Linwood Barclay est juste renversant. Son histoire est pleine de grosses ficelles : le coup du mariage trop beau pour être vrai, le passé qui frappe à la porte, toc toc toc, c'est ton pire cauchemar qui est de retour pour pourrir ton existence rangée, adieu les faux-semblants, bonjour les mystères. Tout est là, suspense, action et coup de théâtre. On en redemande car c'est terriblement prenant. Depuis, j'ai vu que l'auteur avait entamé une série se déroulant à Promise Falls, donc je pense y r Ce Linwood Barclay est juste renversant. Son histoire est pleine de grosses ficelles : le coup du mariage trop beau pour être vrai, le passé qui frappe à la porte, toc toc toc, c'est ton pire cauchemar qui est de retour pour pourrir ton existence rangée, adieu les faux-semblants, bonjour les mystères. Tout est là, suspense, action et coup de théâtre. On en redemande car c'est terriblement prenant. Depuis, j'ai vu que l'auteur avait entamé une série se déroulant à Promise Falls, donc je pense y retourner très vite ! http://blogclarabel.canalblog.com/arc...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    David Harwood, reporter, has been working on a story of Star Spangled Corrections. They are a private correctional corporation and want to build a prison in his town. David has records of payoffs of politicians by the president of the corporation but David's editors delay in publishing it. One day, David goes to Five Mountains amusement park with his wife,Jan, and their four year old son, Ethan. As they approach the park enterence, Jan remembers her back pak and returns to the car, telling her hu David Harwood, reporter, has been working on a story of Star Spangled Corrections. They are a private correctional corporation and want to build a prison in his town. David has records of payoffs of politicians by the president of the corporation but David's editors delay in publishing it. One day, David goes to Five Mountains amusement park with his wife,Jan, and their four year old son, Ethan. As they approach the park enterence, Jan remembers her back pak and returns to the car, telling her husband that she'll meet him inside. David waits but Jan never appears. He begins a search and notifies park security. When the search is unsuccessful, park officials check security cameras of people entering the park but there is no record of Jan's enterance. Local police begin their investigation and find that the tickets were purchased on line but that only two tickets were purchased. Now, the lead detective believes that David may have caused his wife's disappearance. David conducts his own search and discovers that many of the things that he and his wife built their lives around were falsehoods. Ethan keeps asking for his mother, David needs to find her and learn why she deceived him. As a character, David is most sympathetic. His plight is tragic but the reader also learns what his wife is doing and wonders why David, a reporter, couldn't see things as they really were. Jan is a true Machiavellian, out for herself. She's a truly unlikable person and this makes the readers empathy for David even greater. The plot is magnificant. Barclay is like a master fisherman, casting his lines in different directions and then reeling them back with a story that catches the reader's breath.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Siobhan

    I will be the first to admit that Linwood Barclay books often connect storylines together, creating something intricate, in a way that is totally unbelievable. I’m more than aware that some people have given up with him for this very reason, but for me I enjoy this factor. For me Barclay is a nice change to the much darker crime books I read by Sharon Bolton, Mo Hayder and Karin Slaughter to name but three. For me, therefore, Barclay books are a nice break away from the grittier crime books out I will be the first to admit that Linwood Barclay books often connect storylines together, creating something intricate, in a way that is totally unbelievable. I’m more than aware that some people have given up with him for this very reason, but for me I enjoy this factor. For me Barclay is a nice change to the much darker crime books I read by Sharon Bolton, Mo Hayder and Karin Slaughter to name but three. For me, therefore, Barclay books are a nice break away from the grittier crime books out there. Never Look Away starts off as a story where you think Barclay may be avoiding his usual flare, going for a story that is no more complex than a missing woman. Once you get part way through, however, other storylines are mixed in. As always with Barclay, he manages to combine these different storylines in a wonderful way, creating a multi-layered story that keeps you engaged throughout. We find ourselves interested in not only one crime but in multiple as we try to understand how everything goes together in this wacky idea. Whilst not my favourite Barclay book, it was still a good read. I felt as though the ending was a bit quick, as though he brought things together all of a sudden as he realised he would soon be making the book much longer than was necessary, but that is my only real problem with the book. Had the ending been better fleshed out I probably would have been happier with it. Overall, a typically enjoyable Barclay read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    CD {Boulder Blvd}

    I have a love/hate relationship with Linwood Barclay's books. It's like I can feel the potential could be there, it just doesn't materialize. I started reading Oct 20 and was having a hard time for the first 25% of the book I was pretty bored and not pulled into the plot. Although I wanted to find out what happened to Dave's wife, it was difficult to wade through all the details he drops which he may pick up at a later point. Then this week, I decided to push through and get this book off my "cur I have a love/hate relationship with Linwood Barclay's books. It's like I can feel the potential could be there, it just doesn't materialize. I started reading Oct 20 and was having a hard time for the first 25% of the book I was pretty bored and not pulled into the plot. Although I wanted to find out what happened to Dave's wife, it was difficult to wade through all the details he drops which he may pick up at a later point. Then this week, I decided to push through and get this book off my "currently reading" list. I knew if I got far enough into the story that I would be able to get this finished. The book uses a 3rd person and a 1st person narrative which I'm not too fond of. When the story is centered on Dave, the reporter, it's in 1st person. When the police are pulling the threads of his missing wife together and they are leading to him as a prime suspect, the story actually gets frustrating, not interesting. In 1st POV, his frustration with the situation is coming through, but then it just made it frustrating to read. None of the characters are very likable or interesting and it's hard to be concerned about them. In fact, most of the characters I didn't like. Dave, the main character got on my nerves with constantly doing the opposite of what he should do. The bad guys are TV cliche bad guys. There were some elements of the plot I really liked, but it got lost in all the meanderings the plot took.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I try to avoid novels which see the lead character accused of a crime and fighting to clear their name, largely because they make my blood pressure rise in annoyance at the 'coincidences' which are oh so obvious and yet other characters cannot see them. This attitude made me dislike this book before I had even started, but I was proven wrong. The interweaving of the past and present lives of Jan Harwood connected many of the plot points nicely throughout the novel leaving for some shock twists a I try to avoid novels which see the lead character accused of a crime and fighting to clear their name, largely because they make my blood pressure rise in annoyance at the 'coincidences' which are oh so obvious and yet other characters cannot see them. This attitude made me dislike this book before I had even started, but I was proven wrong. The interweaving of the past and present lives of Jan Harwood connected many of the plot points nicely throughout the novel leaving for some shock twists and adding realistic layers to the plot. The coincidences and evidence pointing toward David as the kidnapper/murderer were made more believable by Detective Duckworth who was inclined to believe David in some aspects of the investigation and was not condemning him from the start which would have been frustrating. Despite my initial reservations I was really glad that I continued to read this book and will definitely be reading more by the author!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This was hard to rate. The first half of the book gets 3 stars. The second half gets 2 stars. So, really a 2 and 1/2 stars total. At least I finished this book, unlike Too Close to Home. The author uses Harlan Coben-like plots, but doesn't write as well as Coben. This book lagged in the middle, and really could've been 100 pages shorter. Not very deep character development, and the twists were kind of predictable. Get it at the library, but don't buy it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This book has way too much going on in a sleepy little town in New York to be believable. And for all the soap-opera drama, the first 150 pages required genuine effort to get through, and the ending was absurd. I'm glad I'd read other books by this author before I'd read this one, otherwise I'd be basing my opinion of his writing on this one book and I'd never read anything by him again.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    I have to give Linwood Barclay some credit. I couldn't put this down. Every single time I thought I had it all figured out there would be a new plot twist that would completely change plot direction. I had to keep reading to figure it all out. Excellent story concept but not such great execution with stilted dialog and simplistic writing. (Side note: I might have enjoyed this better if I hadn't just finished Rene Denfeld's The Child Finder with its beautiful use of straightforward language.) The I have to give Linwood Barclay some credit. I couldn't put this down. Every single time I thought I had it all figured out there would be a new plot twist that would completely change plot direction. I had to keep reading to figure it all out. Excellent story concept but not such great execution with stilted dialog and simplistic writing. (Side note: I might have enjoyed this better if I hadn't just finished Rene Denfeld's The Child Finder with its beautiful use of straightforward language.) There's isn't a single plot point I can talk about without it being a spoiler. In very general terms, a simple, average small town guy - a local reporter who has a great relationship with his parents, wife, and 4 year old son- finds out over the course of a few short, action packed days that his perfectly content life is anything but. This is my first Barclay, and I'll definitely seek out more due to the creativity of the story telling even if the writing is a bit of a turn off.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cristina Gaspar

    3.5 ⭐ I started reading this thriller with the impression it was going to be psychological/supernatural thriller. So about 250 pages in the turn of events made me realize with was more dark secrets/shameful paste type of story. I stopped reading for a couple of days so I could change my mind into reading and went forward. It is a well paced, full of mystery and new revelations up till the last page. The twists are really clever and well done. Go and read it without thinking, it is a great story! 3.5 ⭐️ I started reading this thriller with the impression it was going to be psychological/supernatural thriller. So about 250 pages in the turn of events made me realize with was more dark secrets/shameful paste type of story. I stopped reading for a couple of days so I could change my mind into reading and went forward. It is a well paced, full of mystery and new revelations up till the last page. The twists are really clever and well done. Go and read it without thinking, it is a great story!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tanja

    Haven't read such a good page turner in a long time!! I couldn't put it away! Suspense from beginning to end!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ike

    I have not read from Barclay more than a year(probably i should)....This story is a real rollercoaster!!! What a ride!!! You think you know someone?! Think twice ;)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chris Mara

    I love Linwood Barclay books!

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