Never Look Away by Linwood Barclay

It starts with a trip to a local amusement park. David Harwood is hoping a carefree day will help dispel his wife Jan’s recent depression that has led to frightening thoughts of suicide. Instead, a day of fun with their 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, the facts start to indicate something very different. The park’s records show that only two tickets were purchased, and CCTV shows no evidence that Jan ever entered the park at all. Suddenly David’s story starts to look suspicious – and the police to wonder if Jan’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…(from Amazon)

David & Jan Harwood are living the American Dream – decent jobs (He’s a reporter for the local newspaper, she’s a shop assistant in the local air conditioning shop), they have a nice house, a small son & are close to his parents. It’s just about perfect. Then Jan starts to change & David finds himself in the middle of the hunt for his wife when she goes missing from the amusement park. Questions are beginning to be asked about David’s involvement, even though David insists he doesn’t know where his wife has disappeared to.

Never Look Away has a storyline that will keep you hooked. Even though I was only reading this on the bus journeys to & from work, I devoured it!

This is the 3rd Lynwood Barclay book I have read & it was as good as the first two. Barclay is quite adept at building the story, taking you in one direction while the story is actually headed the other way, dropping hints along the way to lead you back to where the plot was really headed all along.

Never Look Away is really a story within a story, with David Harwood tying the two together (can’t talk about the second story – it’d give too much away!). Never Look Away does make you ask the question “How well do you really know the people you love?”

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