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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 Harwoo ...more
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Published March 2nd 2011 by Doubleday Canada (first published 2010)
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Things are not so good these days for David Harwood.
He cannot seem to nail down a solid lead on a corrupt, privately operated, for- profit prison story that he has been chasing for his local paper in Promise Falls, New York.
His wife Jan has recently been struggling with seriously, severe bouts of depression and has admitted to David that she has even considered suicide.

They definitely could use a break, so spending the day with their four year old son Ethan at a local amusement park, taking
Ron Hummer
It was a nice summer afternoon and David Harwood decided to take his wife and son to an amusement park. Then two things happened. First, Ethan, their four year old son had disappeared when Jan Harwood came back, telling her husband that she just turned her back for a second and he was gone.
David and Jan went looking for Ethan and after a few minutes, David found Ethan in his stroller. Relieved, he called Jan and only got her voicemail. After several more attempts, he still got her voicemail.
Patrice Hoffman
I must be honest, the first Linwood Barclay novel I read did him no justice. I'm glad that this thriller in particular, redeemed the author in my mind. The story begins at an amusement park where a father is one moment sharing special moments with his family, and the next is searching frantically for his missing son. Only to find that son then his world be crumbling again at the disappearance of his wife. David Harwood is a reporter who's currently working on a huge story that could possibly tur ...more
What?? I'm stunned by the reviews that this book has gotten. I can't even understand how he gets published. You always think that he has a premise that will work really well, and then you start to read. Characters that are never believable, very average writing, and the way his characters speak is laughable. I guessed the "villian" within the first few pages and it was downhill from there. Who says to a four year child " ...... But you have to know she loves you more than life itself" about his ...more
T. Edmund
Never Look Away ranks amongst the best thrillers released this year. While not so deep as to be ever considered literary, the characters of this novel have a realness that is both heart-breaking and frightening.

The story is told by David, a small-time reporter who gets himself mixed up in controversy surrounding the construction of a privately run prison in his home-town of Paradise Falls. After making a few barbed comments to a local politician, the CEO of Star-Spangled Corrections and his hire
Melinda Schmidbauer
Feb 11, 2010 Melinda Schmidbauer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Thrillers
Recommended to Melinda by: LibraryThing Early Release Program
The book starts off with what seems like an innocent trip to the amusement park -- although why anyone would want to take a four-year-old to an amusement park is beyond my comprehension. When Jan and David Harwood's son goes missing at the park, it is the beginning of a chain of events that has David confused about his family, his job and his sanity.

The book sucked me right in, from the first chapter. I received this Friday afternoon, and finished it in less than 24 hours. There are several thin
Do you really know the ones you love?, February 13, 2010
I have read all of Linwood Barclay's back-list and I must say that this one is better than the last two and I'm relieved that he's pulled back a little with the unbelievable endings and returned to writing a taut mystery thriller that is both fast paced and suspenseful. I found both Fear the Worst: A Thriller and Too Close to Home: A Thriller to be just way too over the top and am glad that Barclay has returned to a style similar to the o
What qualities do you look for in a novel? If any of the below fill you with joy and excitement, then this is the book for you!

1. Prose that is so truly prosaic I hoped and suspected it was an intentional parody (apparently it was not).
2. Dialogue so awkward and unpersuasive that it felt like a poorly dubbed movie.
3. Characters so stilted they were surely off-cuts from Geppetto's workshop.
4. Situations and plot-twists so contrived (even by cheap airport thriller standards) you begin to wonder if
I try to avoid novels which see the lead character accused of a crime and fighting to clear their name, largely because they make my blood pressure rise in annoyance at the 'coincidences' which are oh so obvious and yet other characters cannot see them. This attitude made me dislike this book before I had even started, but I was proven wrong. The interweaving of the past and present lives of Jan Harwood connected many of the plot points nicely throughout the novel leaving for some shock twists a ...more
Rick Fisher
Im glad I invested in my first Linwood Barclay novel. I was sceptical at the beginning, as I couldn't see any relevance in any developing plot line. The story took two or three turns before I figured out where it was heading. And, when it headed there, it did it with a bang. I was floored once the tempo built and the real plot was deviously unveiled.
The character development was awesome. There were characters I enjoyed and routed for, plus characters that I loathed and vociferiously shouted f
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: I always read Barclay's newest novels.

Summary: Jan and David Harwood are going to spend their day with 4-year old Ethan at the new Five Mountains theme park. After a few typical miss-starts when you plan anything involving the kids they finally all get inside and David gets in line to buy ice cream cones. As he heads back Jan is running toward him, Ethan is gone, the stroller is gone, she was just tying her shoelace and then it was gone. Panic set in. David sends Jan to the g
Terri Lynn
I really loved this book. I recently discovered Linwood Barclay and loved two of the three books I read. This is the 4th book and I love it too.

David Harwood is a small town reporter who seems to have a good life with his devoted wife Jan and 4 year old son Ethan. They have a nice home and David's parents live nearby and provide free daycare for their beloved grandson.

This sweet life starts to unravel from different directions in shocking ways. David uncovers corrupt members of the local governm
In Never Look Away, David Harwood, a reporter with the Promise Falls Standard, is working on a big story. His editor keeps shutting it down, but David can't figure out why. All of a sudden, though, David has bigger priorities. During a family outing, there's a mysterious and troubling disappearance. After the police uncover evidence pointing to David as a suspect in the disappearance, David mounts his own investigation to clear his name and restore his family.

This is the first book I've read of
Suspense Magazine
Living the American dream in a sleepy little New York town is more than David Harwood could ever have imagined. With a beautiful wife, loving son and supportive parents even the daily stress of his ever-changing job as a reporter at a dying newspaper doesn’t seem to faze him. Constantly striving to be the best, when he stumbles upon details proving political corruption in this tiny burg, he seizes the opportunity to blow the conspiracy wide open. Unfortunately, no one at the paper is willing to ...more
David Harwood, reporter, has been working on a story of Star Spangled Corrections. They are a private correctional corporation and want to build a prison in his town. David has records of payoffs of politicians by the president of the corporation but David's editors delay in publishing it.

One day, David goes to Five Mountains amusement park with his wife,Jan, and their four year old son, Ethan. As they approach the park enterence, Jan remembers her back pak and returns to the car, telling her hu
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘There’s nothing to be scared about.’

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
Once again Stephen King has recommended a great thriller and I wonder along with him about how we missed this author. Linwood Barclay has seven other titles listed in the front of his current book. The cover even touts him as "#1 Internationally Bestselling Author. . ." (and some other stuff that the library barcode covers up). When I checked him out, I discovered that he lives in Canada and has worked as a columnist for the Toronto Star.

David Harwood is a small town reporter working for a strug
Do you have a weak heart? Troubled with high blood pressure? Then DO NOT READ THIS BOOK!! It is much too exciting for you. Even a single reading may cause serious cardiac damage or heart attack.

WOW!! What a thriller! The last 50 pages were electric! Mix in elements of local corrupt politics, suicidal tendencies, secret identities, robbery, kidnapping, murder and double cross and you have this roller coaster ride called "Never Look Away." This was my first time with this author, but man, it won't
Rick Urban
"Gone Girl" without the psychological acuity that Gillian Flynn brings to her writing. In fact, there is an air of unreality to the entire book that makes this seem like those CBS tv shows where you know that the characters are just that...fictional characters you would never see in the real world. Which is fine...this is a thriller, and on those terms, it's very entertaining. All the loose threads are tied up at the end, karma gets who it is supposed to, etc. etc.

Now let's talk about the Steph
Oh, what a wonderful writer! I just loved this book! A very unpredictable plot and just terrific characters. There was a hint of Barclay's old star, Zack Walker, in this main character's father (those driving cards, ha!). Really, this was a spectacular mystery, told with Barclay's characteristic flair and sense of humour. I really enjoyed reading it, and it will be a long wait until his next mystery comes out!
Overall this was a very good book. Started off better than it finished but still managed to hold my interest all the way through. Well-written with characters that had substance and were not the typical cardboard variety you often see in books like this. Recommended for all those who like their thrillers as fast reads and compelling at the same time.
Well stayed up way past my bedtime for one more chapter, then another, til I finished the book. What an exciting anxiety induced suspense story. The non stop turn of events make this an excellent read!!!
Wow. What happened?

Linwood Barkley is brilliant at coming up with convoluted plots and slowly peeling the layers back, slowly bringing the reader out from a state of unknowing one little reveal at a time.
And his characters are quite well drawn. I got quite a kick out of the protagonist's dad, who, I'm embarrassed to say, reminds me a little of myself. No, I haven't made those traffic signs, but it has occurred to me once in a while.

But what happened? Did he hand off the writing duties to some ki
I was so excited to get a book from the giveaway list. But, then I started to worry. "What if I don't like it?". My worries were unfounded. I really, really enjoyed the book. It is a great read for lovers of suspense. In a busy week, I made sure I found time to read more.
The plot involves a journalist David, his wife Jan and their son Ethan. Jan goes missing one day during a trip to the amusement park. Then the mystery begins. Does it have anything to do with the story about corruption and th
Kevin Allmaras
First Linwood Barclay novel for me. Not bad at all. Another small town reporter novel who is from upstate New York. David Harwood a local reporter for the Standard has a somewhat idyllic life. Beautiful wife and a charming four year old son. As a local reporter who still has his job with the local paper he is currently working on a piece involving a private jail conglomerate that wants to put a new jail in their town. When he takes his wife upstate to meet with a source things start to go haywir ...more
Goodreads Description- A warm summer Saturday. An amusement park. David Harwood is glad to be spending some quality time with his wife 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. Now the only thing he cares about is restoring his fami ...more
This book was good enough, but it did not blow me away like some of the more recent books by this author. I think part of the problem was that the story is told from more than one viewpoint, in addition to the main character's, David Harwood, revealing the mysteries surrounding him. A lot of the book was spent waiting for David to learn what the reader already knew since the first third of the book. The book also followed more of a formula for this genre than I have come to expect from this auth ...more
Opening with a scene ripped from most parents' worst nightmares, Linwood Barclay's "Never Look Away" morphs into something more chilling, disturbing and unexpected. Local reporter David Harwood and his wife Jan have taken their four-year-old son for a day at the local theme park. David and Jan's marriage has been up and down the past few months and David is secretly relieved when Jan suggests a family outing. But the day out becomes a nightmare when the stroller with their son vanishes. David fi ...more
NEVER LOOK AWAY should be re-titled NEVER PUT IT DOWN, because that's what'll happen once you start reading it.

Okay, I'll admit, I did put this great thriller down a few times between first picking it up and finishing it. But it was certainly a difficult thing to do. I put it down when it was time to go to work, time to ensure I got at least 4 hours of sleep or time to take care of some previously scheduled task.

But every single time I put it down I couldn't stop thinking about it, and each mo
Michael Pegram
The book I chose for my independent reading project was Never Look Away by Linwood Barclay. I enjoyed the book, but wouldn't say it was my favorite because at times it was hard to follow. It [the book] is about a David and Jan Harwood and their four year old son. David is a reporter for his town newspaper, Promise Falls Standard, and in need of a break. His newspaper is struggling to survive. To get away from David’s hectic work life he takes a family trip to an amusement park where thing take a ...more
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After spending his formative years helping run a cottage resort and trailer park after his father died when he was 16, Linwood Barclay got his first newspaper job at the Peterborough Examiner, a small Ontario daily. In 1981, he joined the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest circulation newspaper.

He held such positions as assistant city editor, chief copy editor, news editor, and Life section editor, be
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