Never Look Away: A Thriller

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Doubleday Canada, Mar 2, 2010 - Conspiracies - 432 pages
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Linwood Barclay is back with more unexpected twists and superb characters in a spine-tingling, mesmerizing thriller about a husband whose wife disappears, along with everything he thought he knew about their life together.

David Harwood, a reporter in Promise Falls, New York, is stressed out. The newspaper he works for is outsourcing jobs to India, he can't get a solid lead on the corrupt for-profit prison moving to town, and his wife, Jan, is struggling with a bout of depression. As a much-needed break, David and Jan decide to take their four-year-old son, Ethan, to a local amusement park for a day of ice cream, rollercoasters, and carefree fun. But revelry is quickly replaced by panic when, within an hour of arriving at the park, Ethan goes missing. Though he is soon found, panic escalates to full-blown terror when Jan suddenly disappears. Confused and worried, David finds himself desperately searching for any clue that could lead him to his wife - even if it means unraveling a tangle of lies and deception that become more complicated at every turn.

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David Harwood is a reporter. He's been working on a story of a privately run correctional corporation. They want to build a prison in his town and Dave has evidence of payoffs to politicians but his editors are stonewalling the publication of Dave's story.
One day, Dave takes his wife, Jan, and four year old son, Ethan, to a local amusement park. As they reach the enterance, Jan remembers her back pack at the car. She tells Daivd that she'll meet him inside and returns to the car.
Jan never returns.
Dave contacts the park security. They mount a search but cannot find Jan. Later, they check the surveillance camera at the park's enterance but find no record of Jan ever entering the park.
Local police come and begin investigating. Jan is still not found and the lead detective finds that the tickets were purchased on line but only two tickets were ever purchased. Now he wonders if David caused his wife's disappearance.
David is forced to take leave at work when the public sentiment is that he may have done something wrong. He begins his own search and finds that many things that he and Jan had built their lives on were untrue. He wants to find his wife and learn why she couldn't trust him with the truth.
As a character, David is most sympathetic. His plight is tragic but we also witness what his wife is doing and wonder that as a reporter, why he couldn't see how things really were. Jan is a true Machiavellian, out only for herself. She is a totally unlikable person but this makes the reader feel even more compassion for David.
The plot is magnificant. Barclay is like a master fisherman, casting his lines in different spots and then reeling them back with a story that catches the reader's breath.

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this was an ok read, finished it in one day Read full review

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About the author (2010)

LINWOOD BARCLAY is a former columnist for theToronto Star, and the author of seven novels, includingFear the Worst,Too Close to Home, andNo Time for Goodbye. He lives near Toronto with his wife.

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