Thursday, June 2, 2022

Take Your Breath Away by Linwood Barclay

A missing woman. 
A husband suspected. 
The truth will . . .


From the New York Times bestselling author of Find You First and Elevator Pitch comes a gripping psychological thriller about a formerly missing woman who has suddenly returned under mysterious circumstances.

One weekend, while Andrew Mason was on a fishing trip, his wife, Brie, vanished without a trace. Most everyone assumed Andy had got away with murder--it's always the husband, isn't it?--but the police could never build a strong case against him. For a while, Andy hit rock bottom--he drank too much to numb the pain, was abandoned by all his friends save one, nearly lost his business, and became a pariah in the place he once called home.

Now, six years later, Andy has finally put his life back together. He sold the house he once shared with Brie and moved away. To tell the truth, he wasn't sad to hear that the old place was razed and a new house built on the site. He's settled down 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 depend on discovering what the hell is going on. The trick will be whether he can stay alive long enough to unearth the answers.

Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 17, 2022 
by HarperLuxe
5/5 stars

This is my first time reading a Linwood Barclay book. And it’s the first time in a very long while since I’ve devoured a read so quickly.

This book starts off with a prologue that left me hanging and continued for the next 352 pages, it was an addicting read. There was everything I love in a mystery/thriller read. Unreliable characters, multiple layers, surprises, plausible scenarios and even the unexplainable.

This mystery played out nicely, I devoured the clues, tried to solve it myself and was thwarted with the twists and turns that kept me on my toes.

Loved the ending, didn’t see that coming.

Again my first Linwood Barclay novel and definitely will not be my last. Take Your Breath Away released last week and is readily available for purchase and most likely at your local library though I imagine there is probably a waitlist.

My thanks to Harper Collins CA for this print arc in exchange for a honest review.

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