"Where has Linwood Barclay been all my life? His is the best
thriller I've read in five years. Once I was 30 pages in, I
literally couldn't put it down. The writing is crisp; the twists
are jolting and completely unexpected. Think 'Rebecca' and you'll
be in the right neighborhood." - Stephen King
In this tense, mesmerizing thriller by Linwood Barclay,
critically acclaimed author of Fear the Worst and Too Close to
Home, a man's life unravels around him when the unthinkable
A warm summer Saturday. An amusement park. David Harwood is glad to
be spending some quality time with his wife, Jan, and their
four-year-old son. But what begins as a pleasant family outing
turns into a nightmare after an inexplicable disappearance. A
frantic search only leads to an even more shocking and harrowing
turn of events.
Until this terrifying moment, David Harwood is just a small-town
reporter in need of a break. His paper, the Promise Falls Standard,
is struggling to survive. Then he gets a lead that just might be
the answer to his prayers: a potential scandal involving a
controversial development project for the outskirts of this
picturesque upstate New York town. It's a hot-button issue that
will surely sell papers and help reverse the Standard's fortunes,
but strangely, David's editors keep shooting it down.
That's a question no longer at the top of David's list. Now the
only thing he cares about is restoring his family. Desperate for
any clue, David dives into his own investigation--and into a web of
lies and deceit. For with every new piece of evidence he uncovers,
David finds more questions--and moves ever closer to a shattering
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