#BookReview: TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY by Linwood Barclay @linwood_barclay @HQstories

Publication: 3rd February 2022 – HQ

It’s always the husband, isn’t it?

One weekend, while Andrew Mason was on a fishing trip, his wife, Brie, vanished without a trace. Most people assumed Andy had got away with murder, but the police couldn’t build a strong case against him. For a while, Andy hit rock bottom – he drank too much, was abandoned by his friends, nearly lost his business and became a pariah in the place he had once called home.

Now, six years later, Andy has put his life back together. He’s sold the house he shared with Brie and moved away for a fresh start. When he hears his old house has been bulldozed and a new house built in its place, he’s not bothered. He’s settled 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…



New year, new Linwood Barclay novel that keeps me on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed Take Your Breath Away. I never knew what to expect and it certainly kept me glued to the pages.

Brie Mason has been missing. For six years her family has wondered whether she was still alive. For six years a police detective has been convinced that she’s been killed by her husband. And then one day, a woman who looks exactly like her appears in front of her old house, where now lives a new family, asking what happened and where her husband is. And then she disappears again.

Andrew Mason has started a new life, but when his neighbour calls to tell him that a woman with a strong resemblance to Brie came to his old house, the memories of six years ago come crashing back. Is Brie really back? And where has she been for the past six years?

Switching between different POVs, Linwood Barclay tells a gripping story of jealousies, secrets, lies, mystery, and search for the truth. Everyone in Brie’s life is a possible suspect and the truth took me completely by surprise. Brie’s disappearance and what happened to her is at the centre of the story, but the author also analyzes the effects of her possible return on her family. Will she return to her husband disrupting his new life? Will her mother finally find peace?

Self-paced and twisty, Take Your Breath Away confirms that Linwood Barclay is an incredible storyteller. I read it in two sittings spending a few hours completely engrossed in the story!

A huge thank you to HQ and NetGalley for providing me with a proof of the novel.

Linwood Barclay is an international bestselling crime and thriller author with over twenty critically acclaimed novels to his name, including the phenomenal number one bestseller No Time For Goodbye. Every Linwood Barclay book is a masterclass in characterisation, plot and the killer twist, and with sales of over seven million copies globally, his books have been sold in more than 39 countries around the world and he can count Stephen King, Shari Lapena and Peter James among his many fans.
Many of his books have been optioned for film and TV, and Linwood wrote the screenplay for the film based on his bestselling novel Never Saw It Coming. Born in the US, his parents moved to Canada just as he was turning four, and he’s lived there ever since. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Neetha. They have two grown children. Visit Linwood Barclay at www.linwoodbarclay.com or find him on Twitter at @linwood_barclay.

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