September 2009 Indie Next List
“When Tim's teenage daughter doesn't return home from work, he discovers that the place where she says she's been working doesn't even know her. Thus begins weeks of searching and layers upon layers of intrigue and lies -- which all come to a spine-tingling ending. Barclay, an internationally bestselling author, will soon be a favorite of many here in the U.S. -- guaranteed.”
— Jackie Blem, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO
Tim is an average guy. He sells cars. He has an ex-wife who's moved in with a man whose moody son spends more time online than he should. Tim's girlfriend is turning out to be a bit of a flake. It's not a life without hassles, but nothing will prepare him for the nightmare that's about to begin. His daughter, Sydney, has vanished into thin air. At the hotel where she supposedly worked, no one has ever heard of her. Even her closest friends seem to be at a loss. Now, as the days pass without word, Tim must face the fact that not only is Sydney missing, but that he may not have known his daughter as well as he thought. As he retraces Sydney's steps, Tim discovers that the suburban Connecticut town he always thought of as idyllic is anything but. What he doesn t know is that his every move is being watched. There are others who want to find Sydney as much as Tim does. But they re not planning a welcome-home party. The closer Tim comes to the truth, the closer he comes to every parent's worst nightmare and the kind of evil only a parent's love has a chance in hell of stopping.
About the Author
Linwood Barclay, a former columnist for the Toronto Star, is the internationally bestselling author of seven critically acclaimed novels, including Fear the Worst, Too Close to Home, and No Time for Goodbye, which has been optioned for film. He lives near Toronto with his wife and has two grown children.
Schirner's professional career has primarily been on stage as a character actor. He is currently active in the theatre scene in Philadelphia. He also does television and radio commercial work, and likes to play a relaxing round of golf when time permits.