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No Time For Goodbye [Paperback]

Linwood Barclay
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Book Description

12 Jun 2008

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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Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; Reprint edition (12 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752893688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752893686
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (404 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Linwood Barclay is married with two children and lives near Toronto. He is the author of three acclaimed Zack Walker mysteries, a former columnist for the Toronto Star, and is the author of the Richard & Judy 2008 Summer Read winner and number one besteller, No Time For Goodbye.

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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 (Emma Lee-Potter DAILY EXPRESS)

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

Barclay's knack for character development and ability to write believeable dialogue marks him out as a potential big-bucks thriller superstar (Paul Connolly LONDON LITE)

...he has introduced some twists and produced a genuinely mystifying puzzle with tense moments. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

A terrific page-turner that keeps you in suspense until the very end. If you like Harlan Coben, you'll love Linwood Barclay (Peter Robinson)

One of the best thrillers of the year! Utterly riveting, it will grab you on page one and won't let you go until the final, stunning conclusion (Tess Gerritsen)

No Time for Goodbye is a high-speed emotional roller-coaster. The surprises will leave you breathless (Robert Crais)

A thoughtful study of relationship paranoia and an engrossing whodunnit. (ESQUIRE)

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You wake up. Your house is empty. Your family has disappeared...

The stunning Richard & Judy winner and million-copy copy bestseller.

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10 of 10 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read! 26 Jun 2011
By Fat Cat
I really enjoyed this book which I found hard to put down. Its the kind of book that keeps you guessing and I enjoyed this aspect, a bit like watching a two parter on tv - seeing the first part then trying to fathom what is going to happen next / how its going to end in the second part.

I'm surprised at the poor reviews for this book - I thought it was well written and flowed well. No book is perfect but the ending was credible and not a let down. This is an author to add to your wish list.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Thriller 15 May 2013
Barclay is a master when it comes to constructing a complex plot. This book starts with an intriguing premise. How could a family disappear without a trace yet leave their daughter behind? Gradually after a sequence of mysterious twists the secret is revealed. Some of the characters are a little annoying. The ending is far-fetched (to say the least) but you just have to keep turning the pages to find out what is going on. A thoroughly good read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good thrilling read 12 Oct 2008
This book grabbed me from the word go. The easy and quick pace throws you straight into the story and takes you on a roller coaster ride to the end. Nearly every chapter leaves you wanting to know what happens next. A good thriller from start to finish.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 14 Feb 2008
By Dr. Robert A. Josey VINE VOICE
Enjoyed the first two thirds of this book - convinced it might be leading up to some great plot twists. But this is no Thomas H. Cook.

I skip read the last 50 pages too. It would make quite a good movie - if sharply edited - but yet another dismally over-hyped disappointing modern thriller. If you want a great family mystery thriller try Ross MacDonald - the master of the genre.
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27 of 30 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 31 Jan 2008
By Cam
I don't normally read crime thrillers but I read a newspaper review and thuoght I'd at least try reading this particular book. As the other reviewers say it's captivating and the pace and style of writing is excellent. It has inspired me to read more this type of genre that I didn't used to read.
I can only hope this author is encouraged to writes some more novels.I'll be buying them!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 7 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved this book, couldn't put it down, this was a read chosen at our monthly book club meeting and I probably would not have read it from choice, however glad I did and will probably try another Linwood Barclay book of my own choice to take on holiday.
Would highly recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
I was really taken with this book and thought the plot excellent. I was slightly disappointed when it all came together at the end as it seemed the story had lost all the intrigue... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Trudy Livesey
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book
I have enjoyed all the Barclay books I have read so far. This was another exciting page turner full of twists. I would recommend it
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I loved this book, I couldn't put it down, my husband asked if I was ever going to speak again. I recommend this for good holiday reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No time for Goodbye
Great story, could,n't pit it down early to bed many nights, but late sleeping !
most enjoyable. Kept me guessing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No time for goodbye
I love linwood Barclay, couldn't wait to turn the page, more twist and turns than a roller coaster.
Would recommend
Published 11 days ago by Jean Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Lots of twists and turns some were obvious but a few surprises to keep you turning the pages. A good read
Published 14 days ago by Sueb12
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
All Linwood Barclay books are very well written and very interesting to read. This is no exception. Loved it, even better than James Patterson. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Sue UK
5.0 out of 5 stars Linwood!
I am a fan of Linwood Barclay so I am usually glued to his stories and this was no exception.
Published 20 days ago by FP
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
One of the best books I've read! I was hooked from the start! Highly recommend you read it! Fab!! Linwood Barclay is a fantastic author.
Published 24 days ago by Miss Elin Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars No time for goodbye
Great read could not put down
Would make a great film
Will recommend
Looking forward to reading more by the same author
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