24 March 2020

No Time For Goodbye


By Linwood Barclay

Paperback 496 pages
Publisher Orion (31st May 2018)

'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.' The Guardian

📕My Review

No Time For Goodbye is the second book I have read by Linwood Barclay and I thought it was excellent. It was a fast-paced, deeply absorbing thriller that kept me turning pages well into the night. I needed to know where Cynthia's family had gone and what caused them to suddenly flee from everything and everyone they held dear. It was obvious from the outset that something catastrophic had happened but I couldn't for the life of me work out what!

The twists and turns were superb and the pacing spot on. Characters were fully developed and felt totally real. I thought it was a highly entertaining and immersive read.      

Book Source: Purchased copy
Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

📗The Blurb

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 . . .

📘The Author

Linwood Barclay, a New York Times bestselling author and with nearly twenty novels to his credit, spent three decades in newspapers before turning full time to writing thrillers. His books have been translated into more than two dozen language, sold millions of copies, and he counts Stephen King among his fans. Many of his books have been optioned for film and TV, a series has been made in France, and he wrote the screenplay for the film based on his novel Never Saw it Coming. Born in the US, his parents moved to Canada just as he was turning four, and he’s lived there ever since. He lives near Toronto with his wife, Neetha. They have two grown children.

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