It starts with a trip to a local amusement park. David Harwood is hoping a carefree day will help dispel his wife Jan's recent depression that has led to frightening thoughts of suicide. Instead, a day of fun with their 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, the facts start to indicate something very different. The park's records show that only two tickets were purchased, and CCTV shows no evidence that Jan ever entered the park at all. Suddenly David's story starts to look suspicious - and the police to wonder if Jan'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 . . .
This book is one from my own personal book shelf. Linwood Barclay has a new book coming out in April which I have ready to read and review courtesy of Netgalley. I love Linwood's books so much that I try to keep some in reserve, so I decided it was time to read this one, as I know I have the pleasure of a new one in weeks to come.
Only gripe I have is that these books are not numbered and you have no way of knowing which ones to read first, so I had read Broken Promise the book that follows this one, and knew that something had happened to David Harwood's wife Jan but not what. I'm still confused why that book is called Broken Promise Falls #1. Maybe that is all part of some bigger scheme on Linwood's part.
Putting all that aside, the plot was as usual fantastic. Yes some of it is a little unbelievable but as they say "truth is often stranger than fiction". Near the beginning of the book David sets out to look for his wife, and something he uncovers made me literally gasp out loud, and yet again there it was - the hook.. So many little subtleties that start to stack up, you are thinking "how is it ever going to come together?", but as always it does.
The book did have me wondering would there be any way out for David? It is difficult to review this genre without giving away spoilers. All I can say is that to me Linwood is the master of this genre - I've never read a bad one yet - bring on the next one........
I'm giving this book 5 out of 5 stars.