New York Times best-selling author Linwood Barclay delivers an electrifying novel of suspense, in which a family’s troubled past is about to return in more ways than one. And this time, they may not be able to escape.… Seven years ago, Terry Archer and his family, who first appeared in No Time for Goodbye, experienced a horrific ordeal that nearly cost them their lives. Today, the echoes of that fateful night are still audible. Terry’s wife, Cynthia, is living separate from her husband and daughter after her own personal demons threatened to ruin her relationship with them permanently. Their daughter, Grace, is rebelling against her parents’ seemingly needless overprotection.
Terry is just trying to keep his family together. And the entire town is reeling from the senseless murder of two elderly locals. But when Grace foolishly follows her delinquent boyfriend into a strange house, the Archers must do more than stay together. They must stay alive. They have all been unwillingly drawn into the shadowy depths of their seemingly idyllic hometown. For there, they will be reconnected with the man who saved their lives seven years ago, but who still remains a ruthless, unrepentant criminal. They will encounter killers for hire working all sides. And they will learn that there are some things people value much more than money, and will do anything to get it.
Caught in a labyrinth between family loyalty and ultimate betrayal, Terry must find a way to extricate his family from a lethal situation he still doesn’t fully comprehend. All he knows is that to live, he may have to do the unthinkable.
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Partly because I think this is the first sequel I've seen to any of Linwood Barclay's books and I'm familiar with the characters of a previous EXCELLENT book.
Yes and I can't say how or it might ruin it for the next listener. All I can say is if you listened to No Time For Goodbye (and really liked it) then you will Love this one. If you haven't read the previous then this is still a good stand alone.
They did a Great narrating job together. Voices complimented the other and having 2 made a distinction between opposing characters.
Very good book. I've been looking forward to Linwood Barclay writing another since his las (Tap on the Window) and this did not disappoint. I've listened to everything he's done on Audible a this one does not disappoint.
After listening to 3/4 of this audio book, I had finally gave in and ended the torture. The book started out great and I was looking forward to listening. However, I found that there was too much explanation, too much incidental and goofy filler. I kept saying to myself, "Oh, give me a break!" (I didn't need to know that so & so went stopped on the way and bought a chocolate milkshake, etc.) It was also quite choppy - too many characters with their unrelated story lines. Although I've liked other books by this author, I wouldn't recommend this one.
Cliche tension in characters. Pathetic voice overs. Jersey shore criminal elements - please!
Intonation, cheesy accents for thugs, pathetic depiction of the criminal element which sounded exactly like other non criminal characters. Female voices read in male voice.
The daughter, the thugs who worked for Vince. Vince really needs an updated voice.
Way to much detail. I opened the door, I stepped into the house, I put my keys down, I walked across to the kitchen, I looked at my shoelace, I, I, I. Painfully descriptive which added little to the story line.
I've already read 4 or 5 of Linwood Barclay 's books and loved every one of them. He does not disappoint. This was the 2nd book in a series , No Time for Goodbye was the 1st. I'm pretty sure a 3rd one will be out in March. Can't wait.
It was a wild follow up with the characters from "No time to say goodbye"
Yes, would have to read the first book of series.
Was not a fan.
A good follow-up with Jane and Grace?
I enjoyed both books.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
This is the second in Barclay's books about the Archer family and their amazing "troubles." The narration is very engaging and the story is filled with twists and turns along the way. This one, like "Too Close to Home," left me shaking my head.
The two books allow you to know the main characters and even the bad guy gets your sympathy at times. In the end, the Archers involve themselves (even at arms length) in heinous crimes and are raising a teenage daughter who is more than a little bit aware of all of it. How do they resolve their involvement, their cover up, their intentional misleading of the police, etc., in order to protect themselves from any accountability? Mr. Archer is a teacher. Mrs. Archer a government employee. Yet, they seem okay with the events and the deception that must continue if they are to remain above suspicion.
Not to give away the ending, but in this one, the real "culprit" behind much of the crime in the story is known only at the very close of the book. . . and that person has no regrets, no qualms and no accountability at all. Breaks your heart because over the two books, this one will have your empathy!
A very good read! Recommend reading both books, with this one second!
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