Monday, April 5, 2010

26. Never Look Away by Linwood Barclay

I've been a fan of Mr. Barclay since I ran across one of his earlier books a few years back at the library. He writes excellent suspense books with a dad as the main character and they always keep me on my toes. I give Never Look Away a B+.

From Amazon:
A warm summer Saturday. An amusement park. David Harwood is glad to be spending some quality time with his wife, Jan, and their four-year-old son. But what begins as a pleasant family outing turns into a nightmare after an inexplicable disappearance. A frantic search only leads to an even more shocking and harrowing turn of events. Until this terrifying moment, David Harwood is just a small-town reporter in need of a break. His paper, the Promise Falls Standard, is struggling to survive. Then he gets a lead that just might be the answer to his prayers: a potential scandal involving a controversial development project for the outskirts of this picturesque upstate New York town. It’s a hot-button issue that will surely sell papers and help reverse the Standard’s fortunes, but strangely, David’s editors keep shooting it down. Why? That’s a question no longer at the top of David’s list. Now the only thing he cares about is restoring his family. Desperate for any clue, David dives into his own investigation—and into a web of lies and deceit. For with every new piece of evidence he uncovers, David finds more questions—and moves ever closer to a shattering truth.

I loved the main character, David, as I always seem to in Mr. Barclay's books. They are flawed and realistic, but someone who root for throughout the entire story. There were lots of twists and turns, and I spent a lot of time second guessing myself on what I thought was going on, but as it turns out, I was right for most of the time. I thought that one of the side stories about the article that David was working on could have been left out, but it didn't take anything away from the story. If you haven't read anything by Mr. Barclay, I would suggest you check him out soon!

I am now reading a new book that I bought on Friday called The Perfect Woman. It's a new-to-me author and I was out of library books so I just grabbed this one since it hadn't been shelved yet. It looks promising, so hopefully I will be back with another review shortly. Happy Reading!

1 comment:

Staci said...

I so hope that the one you picked up is good. I've never read keep introducing me to so many new authors!!!!!