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Take Your Breath Away

Linwood Barclay's novel is a psychological thriller about a formerly missing woman who has suddenly returned under mysterious circumstances.

Linwood Barclay

One weekend, while Andrew Mason was on a fishing trip, his wife, Brie, vanished without a trace. Most everyone assumed Andy had got away with murder — it's always the husband, isn't it? — but the police could never build a strong case against him. For a while, Andy hit rock bottom — he drank too much to numb the pain, was abandoned by all his friends save one, nearly lost his business, and became a pariah in the place he once called home. Now, six years later, Andy has finally put his life back together. He sold the house he once shared with Brie and moved away. Truth to tell, he wasn't sad to hear that the old place was razed and a new house built on the site. He's settled down with a new partner, Jayne, and life is good.

But Andy's peaceful world is about to shatter. One day, a woman shows up at his old address, screaming, "Where's my house? What's happened to my house?" And then, just as suddenly as she appeared, the woman — who bears a striking resemblance to Brie — is gone. The police are notified and old questions — and dark suspicions — resurface. Could Brie really be alive after all these years? If so, where has she been? It soon becomes clear that Andy's future, and the lives of those closest to him, depends on discovering what the hell is going on. The trick will be whether he can stay alive long enough to unearth the answers. (From HarperCollins Canada)

Take Your Breath Away is available in May 2022.

Linwood Barclay is an American-Canadian thriller writer, with almost 20 books to his credit. His books include the adult thrillers Broken Promise, A Noise Downstairs, Elevator Pitch and the middle-grade novels Escape and Chase.

Interviews with Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay talks about the art of writing crime fiction

2 years ago
Duration 4:12
In the CBC Books 'Why I Write' series, Canadian authors talk about what literature means to them.
Thriller writer Linwood Barclay, author most recently of Elevator Pitch, on why he rereads the classic detective novels of Ross Macdonald.
Linwood Barclay on his latest thriller, Elevator Pitch.
Linwood Barclay talks to Shealgh Rogers about his award winning kids books, Chase and Escape.
International Best selling author Linwood Barclay was an editor at the Toronto Star before retiring to work on his novels, and has now written more than a dozen books. He joined Doug Dirks in studio to talk about his new thriller, "Far From True."

Linwood Barclay set to thrill again

7 years ago
Duration 5:59
Best-selling author comes out with Broken Promises, the first of three connected novels.

Other books by Linwood Barclay

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