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Monday, August 9, 2010

Never Look Away: A Thriller by Linwood Barclay

Another Winner from Barclay

Linwood Barclay excels at writing books in which the average middle class guy (a car salesman in Fear the Worst: A Thriller, a newspaper reporter in this book) has his whole life turned upside down and is thrust into a world of crime, violence and intrigue. His books remind me of the old-fashioned film noire style except these are quicker and have even more turns.

Linwood Barclay
In Never Look Away: A Thriller, David Harwood is a reporter with a wife, a son, two loving parents who babysit their son and a hot lead on signs of corruption in local government that will make an explosive story. Suddenly, his wife disappears at a local theme park and he is accused of causing her disappearance.

More problems pile on and the pressure makes David and his world crumble.

There is a point in which the reader says, "What? Even more happens to this guy?"

Does it get ridiculous?

Absolutely.

More importantly, does the story work?

Absolutely.

This is a real page turner. I found myself losing real chunks of time if I picked this book up during my morning routine. I was nearly late to work two days in a row because I had to keep reading a little bit more.

I look forward to the next one, Mr. Barclay.

5 stars out of 5.

Reviwed on February, 26, 2010.

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