Published by Orion March 2010
When it comes to edge of your seat page turning action nobody is better than Linwood Barclay and his latest Never Look Away is surely his best book yet.
David Harwood is a small town journalist whose life begins to unravel when his wife Jan goes missing. Having arranged to spend the day at an amusement park with their four year old son Ethan and as part of a bid to help Jan get over a recent bout of depression David is in shock when his wife goes missing. He reports her disappearance to the police but then things begin to get very murky indeed. According to the CCTV footage there is no sign of Jan ever having been at the park and the police very quickly begin to wonder if Jan has in fact been murdered by David and his story is all part of an ingenious cover up.
With the police and the press (including his own newspaper colleagues) hounding him David discovers a false birth certificate for Jan and realises that the clue to her wherabouts lies hidden in her long buried past.
Few authors are genuinely unputdownable (is that a word? – definitely should be) but Barclay is one of them, he has a natural storytellers skill in keeping you glued to the page and the pace never lets up. Unlike other writers in the genre Barclay’s leads are always ordinary people having to contend with being pulled out of their normal world which always adds a great what if factor to proceedings. There is some nice continuity too with secondary characters from other Barclay books popping up here too.
Never Look Away is Barclay’s fourth thriller and he just keeps getting better and better.