Never Look Away

Never Look Away

A Thriller

Book - 2010
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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.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [Toronto, ON] : Doubleday Canada, c2010
ISBN: 9781400026111
9780553807172
9780385668040
Branch Call Number: BARCL
Characteristics: 415 p. ; 25 cm

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MillieBT
Apr 19, 2017

The book starts with what seems an innocent trip to the amusement park and is the
beginning of a chain of events that has David confused about his family, his job and his
sanity.......good thriller...

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reader10000
Mar 26, 2017

couldn't get into it. didn't like the Harwood character. took too long to start telling wife's story, and then it was just too "that's it? that's her story?" he's a hit and miss writer to me

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mew7958
Jul 22, 2014

It has been a while since I've read a book that I didn't want to stop reading. This one was very hard to put down, all sorts of twists and turns. A very good read, though the ending was a bit disappointing. I will be reading his other books for sure.

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maipenrai
Jun 11, 2013

** 1/2 stars. David Harwood has the "perfect" life. He is a newspaper reported with a wife and son he adores. His wife disappears suddenly and it gradually looks like David is skillfully being framed for murdering her. Why does he find her birth certificate hidden in an envelope with a key? Has anything about his idyllic family ever been true? I liked this book better than "The Accident". There are several plot twists, but not so many that they are not plausible. Mr. Barclay seems to have a theme of "nothing is what it seems" in his books. Mild recommendation for this one, I definitely wanted to know how everything resolved and explained the disappearance.

ljn14x Jan 05, 2013

Ack! Who writes these descriptions? Don't tell all! We just want to know a little about it, not half the story. TMI!

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VRMurphy
Jun 30, 2012

Competent writing, but the first 10 pages or so didn't encourage me to care enough to keep reading.

lauraburns Apr 22, 2012

A real page-turner, I'll definitely read more by this author.

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dulcimer24
Mar 27, 2012

Barclay's best yet! A very enjoyable read.

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Books100
May 12, 2011

Intriguing all night mystery read; many intertwining plots, startling character analysis, and humorous dialogue. One point—the ending involved a few twists too many. Sometimes a little less is more for greater climax impact.

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dougsl
Jan 16, 2011

Disappointing ending to an otherwise fast fun reading of a man caught in a web of lies which has him framed for a murder that did not happen. The disappointment is a short side plot involving his son and an insignificant character which resolves itself with seeming indifference and no purpose. Strange how writers do this sort of thing, not only in books but also in movies, adding something completely irrelevant to the main story. Would have been a four star without that distraction.

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