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No Time for Goodbye | [Linwood Barclay]

No Time for Goodbye

The house was deathly quiet. That was the first sign that something was terribly wrong. Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge woke that morning to find herself alone. Her family - mother, father, and brother - had vanished without a word, without a note, without a trace. Twenty-five years later, Cynthia is still looking for answers. Now she is about to learn the devastating truth.
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Publisher's Summary

The house was deathly quiet. That was the first sign that something was terribly wrong. Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge woke that morning to find herself alone. Her family - mother, father, and brother - had vanished without a word, without a note, without a trace. Twenty-five years later, Cynthia is still looking for answers. Now she is about to learn the devastating truth.

Cynthia and Terry Archer still live in Milford, Connecticut, not far from the old Bigge house on Hickory Street. With a solid marriage and a young daughter, the Archers seem on track for a successful future. But the questions raised by Cynthia's past still haunt her, and her obsession with finding the answers threatens to destroy everything they've worked for. For Cynthia, there can be no closure until she finds out why her family disappeared - and how they could have left her behind.

Terry thinks the segment on the popular TV crime-stopper program Deadline is a mistake. But his wife hopes that someone watching will have a lead to her missing family. Sure enough, it's Cynthia who spots the strange car cruising the neighborhood, hears the untraceable phone calls, and discovers the ominous "gifts." And as Cynthia's nerves begin to unravel, no one's innocence is guaranteed, not even her own.

By the time the first body is found, it's clear that her past is more of a mystery than she ever imagined - or may ever survive. Someone has returned to this Connecticut town to finish what was started 25 years ago. And by the time Terry and Cynthia discover the killer's shocking identity, it will be too late even for goodbye.

©2007 Linwood Barclay; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Skilled characterization and convincing dialogue." (Publishers Weekly)
"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)
"A mystery masterpiece is read by a master narrator." (AudioFile)

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    S. Johnston maui, Hawaii 10-04-08
    S. Johnston maui, Hawaii 10-04-08 Listener Since 2005

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    "I truy enjoyed this book!"

    I was engaged from the first soundbye. The author does a fine job of creating twists and turns that are entirely plausible. That doesn't happen as often as one might think in the realm of the mystery books. I know most will find this book a great escape.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 10-16-14
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 10-16-14 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Schmucks!"

    Every male (I can't use the word "man") in NTFG is built around a spine that's wispier than stuff Victoria's Secret uses to make panties. Think of the word "manly" then think of its most extreme opposite. There, you've described every male character in this book.

    Actually the mystery here is interesting, and adequately worked out. But these panty-waist guys are so weak… no "weak" is to these creatures is like using the word "dull" to describe Uncle Dan's family slide show. Barclay's women are shrews, his males pansies and this story what happens when the word man is surgically separated from the word testosterone.

    As for Christopher Lane… I guess this was work. We all need to make a buck, and this chore was probably better than digging ditches in winter during a storm.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth B. 10-04-08
    Ruth B. 10-04-08 Member Since 2008
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    "This is a real cliff hanger right to the end"

    I really enjoyed this book. The plot twists and turns clear to the very end. Every time you think you have everything figured out another twist pops up. Yes, there is even a cliff involved.

    The story is about a 14 year old girl that wakes up to find the rest of her family has disappeared without a trace. Most of the events take place 25 years later with Cin trying to figure out what really happened to them.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    shelley Raleigh, NC 06-25-14
    shelley Raleigh, NC 06-25-14 Member Since 2010
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    "No Time for Goodbye gets 5*s all around"
    Where does No Time for Goodbye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have so many books in my library I have a hard time rating them on order but I would say it falls in the top half.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best part of this book is that it's conclusion is so far off from what you think it's going to be. Good plot with some really good twists and high tension.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

    Christopher Lane did a great job on all


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not extreme but melancholy. Linwood Barclay tends to put these zingers in at the very end and the last maybe 4 - 5 minutes get you every time.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a really good listen. I wasn't sure I was going to like it. The first part of the book starts out with the disappearance of a family minus the daughter. Her life is spent looking for them and wondering why they just up and moved with out her. I thought it was a little hokey but then as people started to get involved in the hunt for the family they started getting murdered and then it just kept getting better and better with one heck of a conclusion that will knock your socks off. It's worth the credit!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie West Roxbury, MA, United States 04-22-12
    Leslie West Roxbury, MA, United States 04-22-12 Member Since 2004

    Like mainly mystery and suspense with a bit of chick lit and non-fiction thrown in. Severe addiction going on 10 years to Audiobooks.

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    "Another Solid Barclay Novel"
    Any additional comments?

    Once again Barclay has done it. It was a good story, kept me guessing and had good characters. What more can you ask for in a mystery? I think the best thing about Barclay is that you can start with any one of the books. They are not all centered around one detective or group of characters. They are all different and all good. This was the last one on Audible so Barclay better keep writing!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Needham, MA, United States 11-04-11
    Karen Needham, MA, United States 11-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Well worth the time."

    No Time for Goodbye was a great listen. Suspenseful, well written with good plot twists, but not annoying plot twists. There were a few great secondary characters. I particularly enjoyed the student, Jane, and the thug. The narrator was good, my only criticism would be the Jimmy Stewart imitation for Clayton Bigg and the German accent for the psychiatrist. I found these two a bit distracting, fortunately, they didn't get a great deal of air time. Overall, I really enjoyed it and will definitely listen to another Linwood Barclay book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    karen United States 11-06-14
    karen United States 11-06-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Still a great book.."

    Living overseas, in a land where English-language books were very difficult to come by, I found myself reading all kinds of books I probably wouldn't have picked, had there been more options. I remember picking this book up, having never heard of either it or the author, and not having high expectations. Boy, I was wrong.

    I was captivated from the first page -- the story moves along at breakneck speed, and not for quite a while can you even begin to imagine how such a thing could have happened: a teenage girl wakes up after a late night with her boyfriend, and finds that the rest of her family has simply disappeared, gone, without a trace. In spite of all the investigations and publicity at the time, nothing is ever discovered. The family just disappeared.

    At some point, Barclay allows us to see how the solution to the puzzle could have occurred -- only things are never quite that simple.

    So back then, years ago, in a country far away, I remember finishing the book, putting it down with a "Huh! Didn't see THAT coming..." and after wiping a few tears off my face, thinking, 'Wow. What a book!'

    It IS quite a book. Still is. It's not Great Literature, maybe, but in terms of genre, one of the best. As an Audible book, this one was especially good because of the narrator, Christopher Lane. He narrates with exactly the right intonation -- sort of a befuddled-but-tolerant father figure, which is exactly right. Perfect for Terry Archer, a mild mannered wry-humored English teacher, husband of Cynthia Bigge, who was the teenager who lost her family. Archer never experienced any of the mystery himself, but nevertheless, he's the one who has coped with Cynthia's lifelong struggle with her loss. When things start to happen, it falls to him to figure it out.

    To say much of anything more could spoil it, so I won't. Just know that this is a really good listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 08-21-14
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 08-21-14 Member Since 2005

    A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...

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    "Fantastic Narration Lifts This To 4 Stars"

    This is a fascinating mystery, filled with tragedy and frustration. A young teenager wakes up to find her family gone without a trace. No spoilers but suffice to say the story is unique and clever.

    Christopher Lane gives life and personality to each character as well as any narrator on Audible. I was so impressed that I looked to see his other works and found 3 or 4 in my library. One of my favorites, Death On A High Floor, has to be one of the most difficult books to narrate with it's dominating characters. He was sterling there and he is again here.

    There are intriguing and charismatic characters in the story, the principal and the gangster especially. There's quick, clever banter that makes the tragedy more entertaining.

    But there's also a side story that really should have little bearing, yet becomes a key element in unravelling the mysteries. I am still puzzled why it was there at all.

    So it's a 3 star novel with a 5 star performance.

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    Christopher Las Vegas, NV, United States 05-05-14
    Christopher Las Vegas, NV, United States 05-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellant"
    What did you love best about No Time for Goodbye?

    I am usually pretty good at figuring out mysteries, but this book kept me in suspense until the end. Barclay does a great job of dropping little clues throughout the story to ratchet up the suspense.


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    Debbie glasgow, KY, USA 02-17-09
    Debbie glasgow, KY, USA 02-17-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Hooked from the first chapter."

    This book draws you in deeper and deeper from the first chapter. Just when you think you've got it figured out, WOW what a shocking ending. One of the best books I've heard. Highly recommended listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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