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No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay

No Time for Goodbye

by Linwood Barclay

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Wow. Another great thriller from Linwood Barclay - hard to put down. I am so excited to be able to recommend him to people. ( )
  librarymary09 | May 24, 2014 |
Wow. Another great thriller from Linwood Barclay - hard to put down. I am so excited to be able to recommend him to people. ( )
  librarymary09 | May 24, 2014 |
Mystery, murder, intrigue, suspense and more twists and turns than you can poke a stick at - all the hallmarks of a Linwood Barclay book. Oh and this one did not let me down. I loved every bit of it - eagerly pouring over each page, reluctant to put it down to go to sleep. This author knows how to keep you hanging on a thread. ( )
  KerryMarsh | Jan 22, 2014 |
4.5 stars

14-year old Cynthia, following a fight with her parents the night before, wakes up to find that her entire family – her parents and her brother, Todd – have disappeared. They are gone without a trace. 25 years later, Cynthia is married to Terry and they have an 8-year old daughter, Grace. Cynthia appears on a news tv program in hopes that someone who knows something will finally come forward.

Except for the prologue when Cynthia is 14, the rest of the book is told from Terry’s point of view. I thought this book was really, really good. I wanted to keep reading (though it was a little tougher to do on audio, so it still took a little longer to read, but that is no reflection on the book itself). I though the narrator was very good. He did so many different voices and they were done quite well, I thought. The way he did someone talking on the phone was done really well, too. I really liked this and will definitely be picking up more to read by Barclay. ( )
  LibraryCin | Jan 3, 2014 |
Very good. I recommend it and will look for more from the author. The use of the husbands point of view to tell the story makes it an interesting perspective. ( )
  bwkramer | Nov 19, 2013 |
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Barclay's approach is to busy the narrative with detail, smart angles and anything else that qualifies as devious. At this, he misses none of the tricks. He converts what at first might pass for red herrings into events crucial to the story, and he reconfigures characters that appear to be cheering on the Archer family from the sidelines into people with less benign agendas. Barclay rarely allows the reader to get comfortable, and in the process..he has written his most involving crime novel so far

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When Cynthia woke up, it was so quiet in the house she thought it must be Saturday.
(A note from Cynthia's mother)

"...here's the one thing you have to know. No matter what, I will always love you. There's nothing you could ever do that would make me stop...even when you've got a husband and kids of your own ...I will always be with you."
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On the morning she will never forget, suburban teenager Cynthia Archer awakes with a nasty hangover and a feeling she is going to have an even nastier confrontation with her mom and dad. But when she leaves her bedroom, she discovers the house is empty, with no sign of her parents or younger brother Todd. In the blink of an eye, without any explanation, her family has simply disappeared. Twenty-five years later Cynthia is still haunted by unanswered questions. Were her family murdered? If so, why was she spared? And if they're alive, why did they abandon her in such a cruel way? Now married with a daughter of her own, Cynthia fears that her new family will be taken from her just as her first one was. And so she agrees to take part in a TV documentary revisiting the case, in the hope that somebody somewhere will remember something - or even that her father, mother or brother might finally reach out to her...Then a letter arrives which makes no sense and yet chills Cynthia to the core. And soon she begins to realise that stirring up the past could be the worst mistake she has ever made...

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553590421, Mass Market Paperback)

Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge woke one morning to discover that her entire family–mother, father,brother–had vanished. No note, no trace, no return. Ever.  Now, twenty-five years later, she’ll learn the devastating truth. 

Sometimes it’s better not to know. . . .

Cynthia is happily married with a young daughter, a new family. But the story of her old family isn’t over. A strange car in the neighborhood, untraceable phone calls, ominous “gifts”–someone has returned to her hometown to finish what was started twenty-five years ago. And no one’s innocence is guaranteed, not even her own. By the time Cynthia discovers her killer’s shocking identity, it will again be too late . . . even for goodbye.

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Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge wakes up one morning to find her entire family gone. Twenty-five years later, their unexplained disappearance still haunts her. She agrees to appear on the reenactment show Deadline, hoping the TV exposure might provide her with some answers, although her husband, English teacher Terry Archer, is considerably more skeptical. Indeed, not long after the show airs, the two are shaken down by a psychic, receive a series of bizarre phone calls, and become the victims of a break-in, although nothing is taken; instead, something is left--a hat that Cynthia is convinced belonged to her father.… (more)

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