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Publisher's Summary

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. 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, but strangely, David’s editors keep shooting it down. Why?

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 truth.

©2010 Linwood Barclay (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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"A terrifically fast-paced suspense story." (The Washington Post)

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Not bad but not his best

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I recently have been listening to all of Linwood Barclay's books on Audible. I have loved all of them - except this one. I liked it a lot. It was a decent mystery but it didn't keep me as gripped as the rest of his books. All in all enjoyable. If you like mysteries and haven't listened to Barclay yet, definitely put his books in your library. I especially liked that they aren't all the same detective, characters, etc. You can start with any of them and finish with any of them.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Great suspense novel with intertwined plots...

Overall, a well-developed story which keeps you engaged and wanting more. However, the ending is anticlimactic and not quite believable. It feels like the author was in a rush to the finish line and could not develop a suitable plot twist; instead, taking a poorly chosen shortcut.

Great narration and well defined character voices.

With all of that said...It is a good audio book; definitely worth the money and time.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good listen.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes - it is great for a lazy listen or a beach read, as are most of Barclay's books.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would not.

What about Jeffrey Cummings’s performance did you like?

He was perfectly cast for this story and did a great job with his characterizations.

Was Never Look Away worth the listening time?

Yes - it is loaded with twists and turns (some a bit predicable perhaps) that keep you interested and is great light reading or listening.

Any additional comments?

Very satisfied with this audio book.

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Mr. Snuffleupagus meets Linwood Barclay!

The book is good but I wanted to quit listening at least 10x's. The narrator was the worst at voices except his own which was nice. The narrator's voices ranged from Mr. Snuffleupagus, Barney, & a limited range for females. My 7 yr old has better voices for his Marvel books.

The storyline was decent and I actually do like the author's writing style. The characters are believable and make you laugh out loud.

I have listened to other books by this author and the narrators of those books are better by far.

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Another great one!

Great story and performance. It won't disappoint! Linwood Barclay is my new favorite author! Can't wait for another one.

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  • Bonnie
  • Kenosee Lake, SK, Canada
  • 12-11-12

Most entertaining

Interesting plot, fast paced with lots of twists and turns. Keeps you guessing. A most enjoyable read..

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  • Keith
  • Livermore, CA, United States
  • 01-19-14

Predictable, but entertaining

Would you listen to Never Look Away again? Why?

Nope.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The hero of the story was well drawn, and believable, even though the story line required listeners to suspend their belief once in a while. Having your wife set you up to take the fall for her murder is a bit fanciful, but the reader does a good job portraying what it would be like.

What three words best describe Jeffrey Cummings’s performance?

Balanced and belivable.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

Not a bad book, we actually were looking for another book with a similar title, but ended up downloading this one. The weakest character was the hero's wife, but that may have been due to the book, not so much the reader. Some of the supporting characters such as the detective and the crooked prison boss were very well acted and entertaining. Worth the time and overall enjoyable.

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