before I bought this a read mixed reviews, but thought the author must not be bad as so many books in the collection. Another reviewer said this was the worse ending ever that ruined the book and I COMPLETELY agree. Completely improbable! The writing was ok and the mystery was slow to evolve but did pick up. It was an easy read I didn't mind and I did get hooked briefly, but then the events and the way characters reacted became increasingly ridiculous. Painful even. A story that read slowly as a Three star with potential to improve disolved into the stupidest plot reveal - with unbelievable character reaction and no redeeming heros I could get behind. Hated the last couple of chapters because it was so unnecessarily improbable. I won't give it away, but can't believe it got published.
Bought this book because Stephen King called Barclay a master of suspense. He was right. Barclay keeps you guessing in a way that few writers can accomplish. The writing is crisp and clean, and Barclay adds just enough humour to leaven the mix. I enjoyed this book so much I picked up No Safe House right away: it has a fascinating twist at the end. If I have one criticism it might be that in No Safe House, Barclay hangs on to his big surprises too long, and I felt like they all came at me at once. I felt the book would have had more momentum had the surprises been paced differently. But these are small details. Overall, I think Barclay is more than a cut above your average mystery writer. I had given up on the genre. Barclay has brought me back. I am definitely adding Barclay to my summer reading list!
Great book. I love Linwood Barclay. I've read most of his books. They're an easy read and keep you guessing till the end. They're real page-turners! I couldn't find this one either in the library or in local stores, so I had to go to Amazon (WoB) to finally find it and they didn't disappoint. Speedy shipping too. Thank you!
Go along for the roller coaster ride. You just get used to one level and another roller comes up. An interesting book by all means. The ending is one hell of a wallop - totally unexpected.One of her best books, by al means.