Book review: No Time for Goodbye

Linwood BarclayThis thriller by Linwood Barclay had me sitting up late at night, reading just one more chapter, and one more.

When Cynthia Bigge is fourteen, her parents and older brother disappear from the house, never to be seen again. No bodies are found, no signs of foul play. It is as if they just walked away. But if they weren’t murdered, why did they leave? Did they hate her so, to abandon her? Twenty five years later, Cynthia takes part in a television programme to publicize cold cases. She could never have imagined what would happen next.

First, there is a mysterious letter. Then a phone call, an e-mail. Suggesting something is going to happen, hinting her family is still alive. Cynthia questions her own sanity, her husband [and the main part of the story is told from his point of view] questions it too, and their daughter Grace is seemingly untroubled except she looks through her telescope every night before bedtime to check there is no asteroid heading for earth to destroy their world.

This is a classic thriller. Who to believe? Is Cynthia’s family dead or alive? Who is contacting her now, the murderer? Is Cynthia so stressed that she is fabricating things? As the clock ticks, the police seem suspicious and there are more deaths, until a clue, something so ordinary it has been overlooked, suggests the truth.

If you like ‘No Time for Goodbye’ try these other thrillers:-
‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn
‘Before I go to Sleep’ by SJ Watson
‘Chosen Child’ by Linda Huber

‘No Time for Goodbye’ by Linwood Barclay [UK: Orion] Buy at Amazon

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