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. 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.
Reviewed By Chris Bilkey, Crime Buzz Editor
Another great read from the thriller writers' writer. Barclay comes with a thumbs-up from Tess Gerritsen, Peter Robinson, Michael Connelly and more. What are you waiting for?
David Harwood is a normal guy in a normal job with a normal wife and family.
And then he isn't.
His wife Jan disappears during a family trip to the local amusement park, and David's life begins to unravel. A hunt for the missing woman reveals little to confirm David's version of her disappearance, and suspicion accumulates around him. He starts to question the bedrock of his marriage - is my wife who she says she is?
While the police seem focused on building a case against him, David starts digging into the story his wife has told him of her background. And things are not as they seem. A trip to her home town reveals a dreadful secret with awful implications. The ground has shifted below his feet, and if he is to survive and protect his son, he must confront some serious vested interests.
Plots involving people with normal lives that spin out of control can lose their grip on the reader out of sheer improbability. Linwood Barclay keeps you enthralled by adding small bits at a time, each one very credible and consistent. My empathy for the hero didn't waver, and I had to know what happened.
I read it in a day, and will certainly back up for more.
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 1st March 2010
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4 x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.57