Take Your Breath Away by Linwood Barclay @linwood_barclay @HQstories #BookReview #NewRelease #NetGalley 3rd Feb 2022

Take Your Breath Away: From the international bestselling author of books like Find You First comes the biggest new crime thriller of 2022 by [Linwood Barclay]


It’s always the husband, isn’t it? 

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…


Take Your Breath Away


This is another brilliant story from Linwood Barclay. When a mysterious woman causes a scene in a normally quiet street, it sends ripples and unease through the whole town.

Six years ago, Brie Mason went missing when her husband was away on a fishing trip. She hasn’t been found, and the suspicion that he had been responsible for her disappearance had never gone away. Andy Mason had sold up and moved and found a new life.

But when a woman turns up, where their house had been, causing quite a scene, the neighbours could have sworn that it was Brie. More sightings of her were being reported to the police throughout the town. Then she disappeared again. Brie’s family needed to know if it was her, and the police needed to close this case once and for all. It wasn’t good news for Andy.

It is an edgy story from the start. Could this be the missing woman? Why had she disappeared, and where had she been. People who saw her were convinced it was Brie, but it was like the six years hadn’t existed to her. The story opens up more as her family get to know about the sightings, and how the relationship of each of them was with her.

The tension escalates as the hunt for Brie grows, and I have to say that the last few chapters sent me in a spin. Wow, this is a little belter! As the story goes back and forth between characters, my mind was updating every Jenga piece of mystery before everything came crashing down.

It is a great story, blown away with the ending.

I wish to thank Net Galley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book that I have reviewed honestly.


Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay is an international bestselling crime and thriller author with over twenty critically acclaimed novels to his name, including the phenomenal number one bestseller No Time For Goodbye. Every Linwood Barclay book is a masterclass in characterisation, plot and the killer twist, and with sales of over 7 million copies globally, his books have been sold in more than 39 countries around the world and he can count Stephen King, Shari Lapena and Peter James among his many fans.

Many of his books have been optioned for film and TV, and Linwood wrote the screenplay for the film based on his bestselling novel Never Saw It Coming. He is currently working with eOne to turn the Promise Falls trilogy into a series. Born in the US, his parents moved to Canada just as he was turning four, and he’s lived there ever since. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Neetha. They have two grown children.

Twitter: @linwood_barclay


Take Your Breath Away: From the international bestselling author of books like Find You First comes the biggest new crime thriller of 2022 by [Linwood Barclay]

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