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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
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Published March 16th 2010 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2010)
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Arah-Lynda
Jul 11, 2014 Arah-Lynda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top, 2011, i-said
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
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Patrice Hoffman
Jan 07, 2013 Patrice Hoffman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Richard
Jan 21, 2016 Richard rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, audiobook
7/10

This is the second time I’ve read a Linwood Barclay novel and it seems that he’s got a similar style to that of Harlan Coben (earlier, good Coben, not some of his later bland/unbelievable work) in that there is a mysterious circumstance and then layers upon layers added to shroud that mystery before the inevitable conclusion where it all slots into place.

I like this type of book, admittedly less so now than I used to, as it’s an easy read to get into and run along with. The plot was intrigu
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Vivian
Aug 06, 2010 Vivian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lisa
May 17, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My sincere apologies to Mr Linwood Barclay for rating you only 3 stars this was a re read & i must say i loved every minute.

David Harwood was having a tough time working for a paper in Promise Falls he is working on a story of a corrupt prison that wants to open in his home town he is finding it tough to get any strong leads so he decides to take his wife Jan their son Ethan to an amusement park.

Jan decides to go back out as she left something behind but never returns she goes missing for no
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Thomas Edmund
Jun 28, 2010 Thomas Edmund rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Melinda Schmidbauer
Feb 11, 2010 Melinda Schmidbauer rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Simón
Oct 03, 2012 Simón rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Gerard Oconnell
Jun 29, 2015 Gerard Oconnell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read from Linwood. I Read this in two days,very hard to put down.
Wendy
May 25, 2016 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: may-16
Wow! Lots of twists and turns!
Bill
Jul 21, 2014 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
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
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Denise
Jun 08, 2010 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Michael
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
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Gertiebee * the little book bee *

Forgettable characters and a yawn-inducing plot.

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I felt at least 100 pages could have been cut (or used to develop the characters instead).

Overall not something I'd recommend.

Thanks for reading with me, Angela xx

Kelly
Aug 02, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cheryl
Apr 05, 2015 Cheryl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was hard to rate. The first half of the book gets 3 stars. The second half gets 2 stars. So, really a 2 and 1/2 stars total. At least I finished this book, unlike Too Close to Home. The author uses Harlan Coben-like plots, but doesn't write as well as Coben. This book lagged in the middle, and really could've been 100 pages shorter. Not very deep character development, and the twists were kind of predictable. Get it at the library, but don't buy it.
Rick Fisher
Mar 11, 2013 Rick Fisher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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Victoria
Feb 25, 2011 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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!
Angela
Aug 06, 2015 Angela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
First of two buddy reads in August.

I didn’t really enjoy Never Look Away. It had an extremely slow start, got better in the middle, kept dragging on towards the end. A few years ago, I went through a phase of only ever reading crime fiction, so I’ve pretty much read it all before. Linwood Barclay didn’t really bring anything to the table here. Every turn of events (and believe me, there are a lot of turns in this novel) was mildly interesting, nothing more. No shocking revelations, no extraordin
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Siobhan
Feb 27, 2016 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will be the first to admit that Linwood Barclay books often connect storylines together, creating something intricate, in a way that is totally unbelievable. I’m more than aware that some people have given up with him for this very reason, but for me I enjoy this factor. For me Barclay is a nice change to the much darker crime books I read by Sharon Bolton, Mo Hayder and Karin Slaughter to name but three. For me, therefore, Barclay books are a nice break away from the grittier crime books out ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Mar 19, 2010 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Marie
May 27, 2010 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Michael
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
Suspense Magazine
May 28, 2010 Suspense Magazine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Ann
Sep 24, 2010 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
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
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Monica Co
Aug 11, 2015 Monica Co rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This thriller is a real page-turner: I could not put it down and finished it in a couple of days. Some twists are a bit unrealistic, but overall it is a great reading!
As usual, Barclay is a master in narrating how a normal, suburban life can change in a day and disclose dark secrets from the past.
Mike
Apr 05, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-crime
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
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