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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 Member 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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth B. 10-04-08
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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.

    6 of 7 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.

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    I didn't figure this one out until almost to the end. That always marks a good book for me. I can't say it is a book I would read again, but I did enjoy the story.

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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!

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    J. Broadlands, VA, United States 12-13-10
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    "Couldn't Listen To It!"

    The narrator was such a turnoff, I couldn't listen to this one. Waste of a credit.

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    Erin Cornelius, NC, United States 02-25-09
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    I enjoyed this one. I like the depth of the characters and suspense, the narrator was pretty good. I always like a mystery and this one has a place on my radar to look for other books from this Author. It delivers a story and kept me wanting more.
    I recommend this one.

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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!

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    Gerard Issaquah, WA, USA 09-19-09
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    "Completely predictable story"

    This book does not hold any suspense or intrigue at all. It is entirely too predictable. I figured out the story shortly after the telling began. There are no real surprises nor twists that you can't see coming a mile away.

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