Never Look Away

Never Look Away

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It starts with a trip to a local amusement park. David Harwood is hoping a carefree day at Five Mountains will help dispel his wife Jan's recent depression, black moods that have led to frightening thoughts of suicide. Instead, a day of fun with their four-year-old 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, terrified that she's planning to take her own life, the facts start to indicate something very different. The park's records show that only two tickets were purchased, David and Ethan's, and CCTV shows no evidence that Jan ever entered the park at all. Suddenly David's story starts to look suspicious - suspicious enough for the police to wonder if she'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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 152 x 235 x 32mm | 580g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Trade Paperback.
  • 0752897446
  • 9780752897448
  • 794,693

Review quote

"The best thriller I've read in five years."--Stephen King"Outstanding . . . The tension mounts. . . . The surprising twists and appealing characters rank this among the author's best."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)"The writing is crisp; the twists are jolting and completely unexpected."--Stephen King, "Entertainment Weekly" "Mr. Barclay can flawlessly assume the voice of a small-town American dad."--"The New York Times" "Plenty of surprises and twists."--"Seattle Post-Intelligencer""From the Paperback edition."show more

About Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay is married with two children and lives near Toronto. He wrote a popular column for the TORONTO STAR until becoming an internationally bestselling novelist.show more

Rating details

12,942 ratings
3.99 out of 5 stars
5 31% (4,001)
4 43% (5,598)
3 21% (2,720)
2 4% (470)
1 1% (153)

Our customer reviews

David Harwood is a small town journalist, looking forward to a day at an amusement park with his wife Jan and their four year old son Ethan. But this is not going to be the enjoyable visit David was planning for. First Ethan goes missing briefly, and then Jan disappears. David reports Jan's disappearance but there is no verifiable evidence that she was ever at the park. Is David attempting to cover up a murder? The more David searches, the less he realises he knows about Jan. Just before Jan disappears, David gets a lead on a story about a controversial development on the outskirts of his town. The only problem is that his paper isn't interested in publishing the story, even though it would revive flagging sales. Can this somehow be related to Jan's disappearance? What is the truth, and where is Jan? I found some elements of the story easy to predict and piece together. But by then I was caught up in David's search for the truth. Perhaps the most striking aspect of this story is the reminder that even innocuous everyday actions can be interpreted in different ways that can make good guys look bad. And the bad guys? They're mostly unbelievable. Jennifer Cameron-Smithshow more
by Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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