Monthly Archives: December 2012

Staff Picks – No Time For Goodbye

No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay

Fourteen year old Cynthia Bigge wakes up one morning to a very quiet house. Her family – Mom, Dad, and older brother – are gone. No slept in beds, no breakfast dishes, no cars and, most disconcerting to Cynthia, no note from her Mother. They have disappeared without a trace and among the many unanswered questions is “Why was Cynthia left behind?” Twenty-five years later she is still searching for closure, seeing a therapist, and is overly protective of her daughter Grace. Against the wishes of her husband, Terry, Cynthia appears on a cold-case crime show hoping that someone, somewhere, will come forth with new information which will lead to the whereabouts of her family. New information and clues do come to light, but some in such a way as to make the police, and Terry, begin to question Cynthia’s motives and sanity. When events turn sinister, Terry realizes he must take desperate measures and place his trust in some unlikely persons as time grows short to save his wife and daughter.

This book was recommended to me by a patron as she was returning it to the library. She commented on the book’s “Many twists”, which is a feature I enjoy in a good mystery. I did enjoy the twists, the slowly growing suspense, and overall the way the author revealed clues one by one for the reader to work out the events for him/herself. The book was maybe a little drawn out in places. Parts could have been eliminated (such as on or two fewer trips to the therapist) but this was the first book in a while that made me stay up too late in order to finish it, so I recommend it.

Recommended by: Barbara at Main

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