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not the best by Linwood Barclay but still an excellent thriller
on September 21, 2015
I would give this thriller 4-1/2 stars. I've read four novels by Linwood Barclay now, and love his books. This was probably my least favorite, but the last 100 pages really ramped up the mystery and the action, and I wound up really liking Glen, a good guy in a bad situation.
Glen is a contractor who has a world of troubles. His wife may be the cause of a car accident that killed two people besides herself. His business is doing badly and he's not sure if he can trust his employees. There might be a New York City thug unleashed on his friends, and his young daughter is getting harassed at school. And it gets worse from there!
You know how when you read a book or watch a movie and the characters do stupid things or outrageous things, things that no real person would do? Well this was a nice change of pace in that regard. Glen tries to do the right thing and the consequences seem realistic. He consistently makes thoughtful and mature choices and always tries to do right by people. I liked that about him.
With a sympathetic everyman protagonist and a well-paced last hundred pages, I would recommend this thriller, but if it's your first book by this excellent author might suggest Never Look Away or Trust Your Eyes first.