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 time to relax and focus on the good stuff, while enjoying a day of fun and frolic seems to be just the ticket.
They have barely made it through the gates though, when things really begin to spin out of control, starting with the disappearance of their son. David and Jan seperate, each of them frantically looking for Ethan, who they had taken their eyes off of for only a split second. Thank God, David soon finds him, unharmed and still asleep in his stroller. As soon as he is certain that Ethan is okay he begins to backtrack to find Jan and let her know......except Jan is not answering her cell and after much searching, waiting, and calling her repeatedly, it begins to dawn on David that she has simply disappeared, vanished into thin air!
Let me tell you, I have barely scratched the surface of all the twists, turns and sub-plots in this story of murder and deceipt, corruption and betrayal; that simply roars out of the station at break neck speed and never loses pace, hurtling faster, forward to it's mind-numbing conclusion.
This is the second book I have read of Linwood Barclay's and it blew me away! He is absolutely brilliant at writing what I would call, domestic thrillers, with a genuinely, believable cast of characters and unnerving,relatable circumstances that keep you on the edge of your seat.
No doubt about it, I am definitley looking for another Linwood Barclay novel.