Terry lands at San Francisco International Airport ready to start his new life with Sarah, the American journalist he married after a transatlantic love affair. But Sarah’s a no show. Convinced something terrible has happened, Terry reports Sarah’s disappearance to the sheriff, who shrugs it off as a case of a new bride with cold feet. But then dead women start turning up, all with two things in common: each victim had exposed a scandal just before her death...and all of their names appear on a list written by Sarah. As a journalist, Sarah has revealed her share of scandals, and Terry realizes that she’s not missing - she’s on the run.
As his American dream rapidly descends into a waking nightmare, Terry must plunge headlong into the dark recesses of his new homeland to find Sarah before the killer does. But as he nears the truth about Sarah, he realizes she’s very different from the woman he thought he married.
©2013 Simon Wood (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
If you like Simon Wood's previous books you are sure to like this one. I think he is an
author who gets better and better with each book.
This story has a fairly simple premise, but Wood gets so much plot out of it, I was quite impressed. Terry is a likable character and you can't help but root for him the whole time. He may not always make the right choices, but his heart is in the right place.
The plot has many twists and turn and surprising moments. I kept thinking I had it figured out, but never quite did.
My only complaint is that this narrator had a sort of nebulous English accent for Terry. Sometimes he even sounded Australian. But other than that his reading was good.
There is mystery, intrigue and suspense in No Show. I recommend it.
The concept. Grabbed me from the beginning. The author said it really happened to him when he arrived in USA -- not sinister but due to a flat tire, so he built the plot on that. Good idea. And the author is a brain scientist also like in the book.
A little more satisfying result on the mystery. But, that's just me. & I would have liked better character building on the wife. I would have liked her to have better qualities; and I realize he didn't know her that well, & that was part of the plot & mystery with a rush-into marriage, two people from different countries, etc. And it keep me delving into the book for find out more about her.
He detracted in one area. He made several grown men have the cartoon Calif Surfer voice. "Hey dude, surfs up, hey that's gnarly dude." Come on....
The beginning was great. Arriving in USA. No show on the wife meeting him at the airport. Where is she? Good start. You could picture it all, and empathize. & when being locked in the ..... I could feel it.
I liked the author so well, that I bought many of his books. We shall see.
I LOVE his narration voice. His feminine voices are my favorite but the males are usually very good. For some reason, in this series, he chose to make the supporting male voices dumb or valley boy.
I have grown to really like Simon Wood's stories. Great combination of action and mystery. He does like to kill off a lot of people! I love how clear of sex and swearing they are.
A feeble plot, a very superficial description of the characters (if any), narrated in a mocking tone by someone who must have never met an Englishman in person (they do not squeak) or, for that matter, an American (they don't yell and crack jokes ALL the time).
The two stars are for the good quality of the recording and editing (not something to take for granted!).
Weak storyline, terrible English accent in narration, Oscar character sounds ten years old. Won't read another book by this author.
"No Show an excellent read"
It's fast story that keeps you guessing made this so enjoyable. I loved the two main characters Terry and his new friend Oscar.
I can't compare to any book in particular. I had never heard of this writer but his style is like Linwood Barclay and Harlen Coben.
I like the scene at the start when Terry's new wife did not turn up at the airport. From then on I was gripped.
Yes I listened it 2 days and if maybe I was lucky enough to be on a long flight and had no other distractions I would not have stopped from start to finish.
I have more Simon Wood books in my wish list and hope they are as good as this one.
"Intriguing mystery/thriller with a twist"
I was hooked from the start, the story gained tension and suspense, enhanced by an excellent narrator, as it evolved. It was quite refreshing, for a change, not to have graphic descriptions of blood and gore. Lots of intrigue and illicit dealings added to the storyline.
I loved the interaction and developing relationship between Terry and Oscar and how they bounced off each other.
The ending twist was totally unexpected and very sad for Terry but also showed how twisted some relationships could get although it was left to the reader’s imagination as to the Sheriff’s true intentions.
Looking forward to more Terry and Oscar.
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