Take Your Breath Away

Morrow. May 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780063035133. $27.99. SUSPENSE
In Barclay’s (Find You First; Elevator Pitch) latest suspense novel, Andrew Mason is devastated after returning home from a weekend fishing trip to learn that his wife Brie has vanished from their Milford, CT, home while he was away. Detective Marissa Hardy investigates Brie’s vanishing, and Andrew becomes the prime suspect in what police believe to be Brie’s murder. But the case turns cold and Brie is never found, while Andrew’s life spirals out of control into alcoholism and depression. Now, six years after Brie’s disappearance, Andrew has moved away and started over with a new life and new girlfriend, Jayne, as he tries to put the past behind him. Then a woman appears in the neighborhood where his house once stood and begins screaming, “Where’s my house?” A neighbor thinks this woman might be Brie and alerts Andrew, who agonizes because no one in his current life is aware of his history, not even Jayne. He resumes searching for Brie, which puts him once again in the sights of Detective Hardy, who still thinks that Andrew killed Brie. Andrew doesn’t realize that he is uncovering secrets that might cost him his life.
VERDICT In typical Barclay fashion, subplots and characters weave together in a tight, satisfying story. Perfect for fans of suspense novels by Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner.
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