Tim Blake sells cars had his ups and downs professionally and now lives divorced from his ex-wife, sharing the custody of teenage daughter Sydney.
When Sydney suddenly vanishes without a trace and the police is unable to help in finding her he seems to be the only person determined enough to visit places she hung around at and interview people who might have seen her besides of his from an accident recovering ex-wife Susanne.
He needs to learn his daughter didn't trust him enough to let him know what was going on in her life, even lied to him about the hotel she was jobbing at and a secret relationship with Susanne's boyfriend Bob's son.
Nobody saw her, nobody even knew her at the hotel she claimed to be working at the desk but soon, it seems, people are trying to get Tim's investigations out of the way. Luring him out of state with faked clues where she might be, carefully placing incriminating evidence against Tim. When Patty, Sydney's best friend vanishes after last seen with Tim and people are found dead Tim has to go hiding from police and those who try to get him and his daughter out of the way.
But things aren't at all how Tim pieces them together and he is in for some surprises.
During the book I began to admire Tim's determination quite a bit. He went from being the slimy salesperson to the man determined to rescue his daughter with a gun in his hand.
Linwood Barclay again created a page turner that kept me reading for hours in anticipation. Not saying a few things weren't sort of obvious but it didn't hurt the book at all. Fine spun and thrilling the plot itself might not be original but the suspense keeps coming at ya.
This book was riveting! I could not turn the pages fast enough and it did not let me down at all. An intense read with twists you do not see coming. I liked "No Time For Goodbye", but this book was so much better. I will definitely be reading more of this author. Excellent book!
I read this book in less than 24 hours. I was THAT hooked! It captures you from the beginning and doesn't let go until the very end.
It got me hooked early on - the Detective role could have been more developed - the ending though just was a true let-down....
Maybe I'm too much of an adrenaline junky, but this book seemed a bit slow to get going. It was interesting enough, getting to know the characters and their particular issues, but the pace didn't really pick up until about 3/4 of the way through it. The characters were believable, although I found the detective in charge of the case, Det. Jennings, to be underdeveloped. She could have played a much greater role. Interesting plot with some illegal activity at its foundation, but the author doesn't dive deeply enough into the main plot or any of the subplots to give the book the depth it could have had. 3/5 stars.
There was some shameful "product placement" in the book - especially as relates to cars.
Barclay has done better.