Monday, March 29, 2010

Linwood Barclay
Orion, NZ $38.99

A wife's disappearance and a childhood tragedy are linked across the years in bestseller Linwood Barclay's latest gripping thriller.

It starts with a trip to a local amusement park. David Harwood is hoping a carefree day at Five Mountains will help dispel his wife Jan's recent depression, black moods that have led to frightening thoughts of suicide.
Instead, a day of fun with their four-year-old son Ethan turns into a nightmare. When Jan disappears from the park, David's worst fears seem to have come true. But when he goes to the police to report her missing, terrified that she's planning to take her own life, the facts start to indicate something very different. The park's records show that only two tickets were purchased, David and Ethan's and CCTV shows no evidence that Jan ever entered the park at all.

Suddenly David's story starts to look suspicious - suspicious enough for the police to wonder if she's already dead, murdered by her husband. To prove his innocence and keep his son from being taken away from him, David is going to have to dig deep into the past and come face to face with a terrible childhood tragedy - but by doing that he could risk destroying everything precious to him.

I read this in one stitting over the weekend, just could not put it down.It is one of those titles that fellow thriller writer Michael Connelly calls a "one-sit thriller". The tension Barclay builds is astonishing and you get so engrossed in the story that suddenly you find several hours have passed. If you have a 12 hour plane flight ahead of you take  Never Look Away for your reading.The flight will be over before you know it.

Linwood Barclay is the master of ‘domestic paranoia’. No Time for Goodbye was the number one bestselling book in the UK for 2008 and he’s gone onto enjoy great success with follow ups Too Close to Home and Fear the Worst.  Linwood is a former newspaper columnist for the Toronoto Star and toured New Zealand last year. He lives near Toronoto and is married with two children.

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