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No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay

Friday, 7 December 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

Fiction: Mystery. Hardback from Bantam Dell. Published in 2007. 338 pages. On loan from the Flower Mound Library.

I got an e-mail last week from the library telling me the book I had put on hold was in. I went down to pick it up, unsure of what I had put on hold. When the librarian handed me the book, I was even more perplexed. Though the title looked vaguely familiar to me I really had no recollection of having put it on hold. This really did not speak well for either my memory or the FM Library hold system. Sadly, it’s my brain as over time I have remembered that I saw an article about this book somewhere and put it on hold. But, that’s a bit of a mystery to me as well since the book is billed as a “thriller” and I don’t generally like to read scary books. But, enough about my failing brain.

This is the first book I’ve read by author Barclay. I am glad that I put it on hold, even if I can’t really remember doing it. It was a very captivating read. It was not really scary, though there are some tense moments. I was at a loss throughout the book as to what might have happened to her family and was surprised as the reason for her families disappearance was revealed. He did a good job of keeping the reader in the dark.

Publisher’s summary:
The house was deathly quiet. That was the first sign that something was terribly wrong. Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge woke that morning to find herself alone. Her family—mother, father, and brother—had vanished without a word, without a note, without a trace. Twenty-five years later, Cynthia is still looking for answers. Now she is about to learn the devastating truth.

From critically acclaimed author Linwood Barclay comes a new suspense thriller that strikes to the core of our most primal fear. What if you woke one day to find your entire life had changed? If everyone you loved had disappeared overnight without so much as a chance to ask why?

Cynthia and Terry Archer still live in Milford, Connecticut, not far from the old Bigge house on Hickory Street. With a solid marriage and a young daughter, the Archers seem on track for a successful future. But the questions raised by Cynthia’s past still haunt her, and her obsession to find the answers threatens to destroy everything they’ve worked for. For Cynthia, there can be no closure until she finds out why her family disappeared—and how they could have left her behind.

Terry thinks the segment on the popular TV crime-stopper program Deadline is a mistake. But his wife hopes that someone watching will have a lead to her missing family. Sure enough, it’s Cynthia who spots the strange car cruising the neighborhood, hears the untraceable phone calls, and discovers the ominous “gifts.” And as Cynthia’s nerves begin to unravel, no one’s innocence is guaranteed, not even her own. By the time the first body is found, it’s clear that her past is more of a mystery than she ever imagined—or may ever survive.

Someone has returned to this Connecticut town to finish what was started twenty-five years ago. And by the time Terry and Cynthia discover the killer’s shocking identity, it will be too late even for goodbye.

Online book shopping:
Powell’s: No Time for Goodbye
amazon.co.uk: No Time For Goodbye
amazon.com: No Time for Goodbye
Audible.com: Not currently available from Audible.

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