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.
Bestseller Barclay's outstanding thriller, his fourth stand-alone after Fear the Worst, opens with what should be a happy family outing-a trip to an amusement park. Shortly after newspaper reporter David Harwood; his wife, Jan; and their four-year-old son, Ethan, arrive at Five Mountains in upper New York State, Ethan disappears. A frantic Jan goes to find security, while David soon locates Ethan nearby asleep in his stroller. But now Jan is missing. What's more, the park has no record of selling her a ticket, and she doesn't show up on any security video. Nor is she at home in Promise Falls, N.Y. While the police suspect David killed Jan and concocted the park abduction story, he uses his reporting skills to dig into his wife's past and learns he never really knew her. The tension mounts as Barclay skillfully shows how even the most innocent action can seem suspicious. The surprising twists and appealing characters rank this among the author's best. 5-city author tour. (Mar.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
What begins as a deceptively routine thriller about child abduction quickly switches gears to center instead on the disappearance of small-town newspaper reporter David Harwood's wife and, in an alternating story line, David's investigation of a potential scandal involving a controversial development project. One surprising plot twist after another make internationally best-selling author Barclay's (www.linwoodbarclay.com) fourth stand-alone thriller-following Fear the Worst (2009), also available from Brilliance Audio-an incredibly satisfying and fast-paced read. Stage actor Jeffrey Cummings's character transitions are seamless as he voices several adult males and females as well as David's young son with natural ease. Highly recommended for Barclay fans and for anyone enjoying a good thriller. [Audio clip available through library.brillianceaudio.-com; the Delacorte hc also received a starred review, LJ 2/15/10.-Ed.]-Gloria Maxwell, Metropolitan Community Coll.-Penn Valley Lib., Kansas City, MO Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
"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."