There was a lot of hype when I tweeted I was starting this book, many positive comments and lots of great reviews about Linwood Barclay’s work, so I was intrigued to get started on this one.
One weekend, while Andrew Mason was on a fishing trip, his wife, Brie, vanished without a trace. Most people assumed Andy had got away with murder, but the police couldn’t build a strong case against him. For a while, Andy hit rock bottom – he drank too much, was abandoned by his friends, nearly lost his business and became a pariah in the place he had once called home.
Now, six years later, Andy has put his life back together. He’s sold the house he shared with Brie and moved away for a fresh start. When he hears his old house has been bulldozed and a new house built in its place, he’s not bothered. He’s settled with a new partner, Jayne, and life is good.
But Andy’s peaceful world is about to shatter. One day, a woman shows up at his old address, screaming, ‘Where’s my house? What’s happened to my house?’ And then, just as suddenly as she appeared, the woman – who bears a striking resemblance to Brie – is gone. The police are notified and old questions – and dark suspicions – resurface.
Could Brie really be alive after all these years? If so, where has she been? It soon becomes clear that Andy’s future, and the lives of those closest to him, depends on discovering what the hell is going on. The trick will be whether he can stay alive long enough to unearth the answers…
Such an original story! My first Linwood Barclay book requested from Netgalley because I was intrigued by the description and it didn’t disappoint. Barclay is a brilliant writer who has created a story full of twists and turns that keep you on your toes throughout. It is a rollercoaster of a read!
From the beginning I had a slight inkling as to who was responsible for Brie’s disappearance and was surprised that I was correct. However, I wasn’t sure of the reasons behind it and, despite anticipating the outcome, I was still engaged in the story as there were still more surprises along the way.
‘Take Your Breath Away’ is a great read and is certainly a book that you won’t be able to put down.
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