Author: Linwood Barclay
Number of Pages: 512
Release: February 23, 2010
Seventeen-year-old Sydney Blake's summer is shaping up to be typical for a teenager: she's spending it with her father, and she has landed a part-time job at a local hotel. One night, Syd fails to come home from her shift, and her father Tim is a bit alarmed. However, that alarm turns to full-on panic after he visits the Just Inn Time hotel and the manager claims that Syd has never worked there. Grilling his daughter's friends for clues leads Tim nowhere - except to threats against his life - and as he frantically chases every lead, he can't help but wonder if Syd is even still alive. Despite a growing list of unanswered questions, all Tim knows for certain is that he must continue searching for his daughter - no matter how high the stakes become.
I picked up this book because of many recommendations from a book club I joined at school. Everyone in the club loved it but I didn't really see what was so amazing about it. It was a thrilling read, lots of mystery and action to keep you on your toes but I found that the bad outweighed the good. The characters were not memorable AT ALL. I don't even remember the main character's name! And the book began to get really predictable around the middle. The story line was interesting enough to keep me hooked but there were many useless parts. And one thing I just couldn't understand was the main character's trust in the police. He told them EVERYTHING!!! Even when his lawyer told him not to talk to the police, he went and talked to them. He screwed himself over by talking to the police and he still kept going back. Half the things that the main character did were stupid and pointless. Basically, the book is alright, nothing great.