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No Time For Goodbye [Kindle Edition]

Linwood Barclay
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Book Description

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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No Time for Goodbye just flies off the page. It's a one-sit thriller. You sit down with this book and you won't get up until you've turned the last page (Michael Connelly)

Barclay succeeds in both banging the gong and serving up a riveting, rewarding and, for the most part, plausible three courses, though you may need to take a deep breath somewhere around the coffee stage (GUARDIAN)

A fast-moving roller-coaster of a read (DAILY EXPRESS)

Barclay's enjoyably creepy tale...certainly keeps one turning the pages (THE TIMES)

Where has Linwood Barclay been all my life? His is the best thriller I've read in five years. Once I was 30 pages in, I literally couldn't put it down. The writing is crisp; the twists are jolting and completely unexpected (Stephen King ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY)

Seamless, breathless and relentlessly pacey, Barclay barely puts a foot wrong (DAILY MIRROR)


"A thoughtful study of relationship paranoia and an engrossing whodunnit."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1305 KB
  • Print Length: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (1 Mar. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (496 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,473 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Linwood Barclay is the international bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels, including No Safe House, A Tap on the Window, Trust Your Eyes and the Richard & Judy 2008 Summer Read winner and number one bestseller, No Time for Goodbye. He lives near Toronto with his wife.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Runs like clockwork 10 July 2010
When Cynthia is fourteen, her parents and brother disappear. Twenty five years later and Cynthia is married with a daughter, but still haunted by the loss of her family. She agrees to take part in a television re-enactment of the night they vanished from the house, while Cynthia slept and this sets in chain a series of events which will eventually explain why they left without even saying goodbye.

It's a good premise, if a bit farfetched, depending like most of these stories, on a police force who are inept to the point of finding the tying of shoelaces a challenge. That said, Linwood Barclay knows how to spin the yarn - hints and red herrings are placed at the correct intervals along the trail, the writing is unfussy if uninspired and cliff hangers are built into every chapter ending, to keep the pages turning.

I liked it in the way I like watching an ingenious mechanical device - for the sheer enjoyment of seeing how the parts fit together. This is more a piece of clockwork than a work of fiction with the result that at no point did I believe in Cynthia, her husband, her cutely precocious daughter or the story behind her family's disappearance. They moved around the stage and I pretended I couldn't see the strings. If that's how you like your fiction, you will enjoy this too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is the second Linwood Barclay book I've read, and whilst for me it was better than the absolute *tosh* that was `Fear the Worst' I still have to admit that it wasn't quite as good as I'd been hoping for and I'm so glad this was lent to me and I didn't pay good money for it! Like his other book, it started off well with quite an intriguing premise and then just descended into a rather sensationalistic plotline that caused me to suspend belief (accompanied by lots of eye-rolling). I've awarded the three stars for the first half of this book- the second would probably only get two as it does veer off rather into `WTH?' territory. As other reviewers have summarised the plot, I'm not going to do that, apart from saying that for me, it just didn't live up to expectations.

Parts of the book are very well written, don't get me wrong- and the characterisation is pretty decent (at first) and the idea for the story sounded quite exciting too with a hook that reeled me in from the start; I just felt that all in all, this read a bit like a very bad American movie (released straight to DVD at that, and with mechanical, clunky dialogue supporting this theory). After investing time getting to know the characters and the interesting back story, the book descends into a bit of a shambles. You find yourself suspending any sense of realism, particularly with the ending which is tied up far too neatly. In all honesty, though I don't usually like them very much, I would have probably preferred more of an ambiguous ending here- the conclusion was just far too perfect (and abrupt) for my tastes.

Barclay also chucks in a lot of random red herrings that don't seem to go anywhere.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ending ruined a very promising book. 26 Aug. 2009
I picked up this book after being intrigued by the premise. what started off as a very clever novel suddenly seems to come to a grinding halt about 100 pages from the end when Linwood Barclay explains the entire mystery in one huge clump of a chapter. The pace for the first half of this book was brilliant which i would have given 5 stars but it feels like the author just got bored and decided to splurt out the not particularly clever conclusion as if he were racing to the finish.

wish i had stopped reading and let my imagination run wild with the possibilities of what had happened to Cynthia's family but unfortunately i didn't.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, fine for a train journey. 27 Jun. 2008
Story - fourteen year old girl wakes up one morning and the family have disappeared. 25 years later, still suffering from issues she decides it's time to find out what happened thus setting into motion a chain of events which threaten her safety and that of her husband and daughter.

I didn't enjoy this much. I realise that thrillers aren't going to be realistic but this stretched credulity just a little too far. It was difficult too to form any real picture of personalities - they all seem stereotypical and cardboard cut-outs and all spoke in the same way with identical vocabulary, even the eight year old child. It's not a bad book, it just isn't particularly well written or interesting and I found it just a little too predictable. However, having said all that it isn't taxing, an easy read on the train. I bought it hurriedly on the station in a buy one get one half price offer and as I say it is ideal train journey stuff. But if the author never writes again I shan't be crying.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A book of two halves 7 Oct. 2009
While this is not the genre I usually read, I picked this book as a light holiday read. The first half sucked me in. A tense, believable psychological drama. The major plot was well thought out - what appears to be an insoluble mystery becomes a cleverly explained domestic tragedy. However as the book moves into the second half, credibility flies out of the window. The mild-mannered husband becomes some sort of super hero as the body count rises and the caricatures become more exaggerated. Overall, an entertaining read, though it's a pity the subtle but credible tension that builds initially could not be maintained.
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