No Time for Goodbye

No Time for Goodbye

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Random House, Inc.
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.

From critically acclaimed author Linwood Barclay comes a new suspense thriller that strikes to the core of our most primal fear. What if you woke one day to find your entire life had changed? If everyone you loved had disappeared overnight without so much as a chance to ask why?

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 to find 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 twenty-five years ago. And by the time Terry and Cynthia discover the killer’s shocking identity, it will be too late even for goodbye.

Baker & Taylor
Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge wakes up one morning to find her entire family gone. Twenty-five years later, their unexplained disappearance still haunts her. She agrees to appear on the reenactment show Deadline, hoping the TV exposure might provide her with some answers, although her husband, English teacher Terry Archer, is considerably more skeptical. Indeed, not long after the show airs, the two are shaken down by a psychic, receive a series of bizarre phone calls, and become the victims of a break-in, although nothing is taken; instead, something is left--a hat that Cynthia is convinced belonged to her father.

Blackwell North Amer
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.
From critically acclaimed author Linwood Barclay comes a new suspense thriller that strikes to the core of our most primal fear. What if you woke one day to find your entire life had changed? If everyone you loved had disappeared overnight without so much as a chance to ask why?
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 to find 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 twenty-five years ago. And by the time Terry and Cynthia discover the killer's shocking identity, it will be too late even for goodbye.

Baker
& Taylor

Twenty-five years after her entire family vanishes without a trace, Cynthia Archer is still struggling to make sense of the disappearance and to live a normal life with her husband and daughter, until sinister clues, all pointing to her missing family, make her fear for her own sanity and begin to reveal the dark secrets of the past, a shocking truth that may have been better left undisturbed. 125,000 first printing.
Twenty-five years after her entire family vanishes without a trace, Cynthia Archer is struggling to live a normal life with her husband and daughter, until sinister clues, all pointing to her missing family, begin to reveal the dark secrets of the past.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2007
ISBN: 9780553805550
055380555X
Branch Call Number: Mystery Bar
Characteristics: 338 p. ; 24 cm

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marcrrussell
May 21, 2017

implausible and a bit long. I have read worse... and many many which were better.

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Zoelexi777
Mar 21, 2016

Another excellent book by Linwood Barclay. A family completely disappears without a trace except for a 14 year old girl. Twenty five years later Cynthia starts looking for answers. The characters are well developed with a really good mystery.

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pktab
Feb 21, 2016

This is a great read. I couldn't wait to get back to it each time I had to put it down! I even stayed up late to finish it.

Chapel_Hill_SusanM Nov 17, 2015

This book is the reason I can't read suspense any more. I was totally stressed out until I could get to the end - and I had to read to the end to find out what happened, because there was just no way I ever would have figured it out on my own.

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slarsen
Jan 14, 2015

I love finding a new author! I really liked this book and have a list of his others to read.

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muffin0321
Oct 01, 2014

I could not put this book down. Read it in one and a half days. Great story line, flowed smoothly, and well written. Now I look forward to other books by same author. Highly recommend.

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BLACKSQUIRREL_1
Jul 25, 2014

kept me guessing till the end

msmigels Dec 28, 2013

Despite the complex drama becoming increasingly improbable, even ludicrous, you just keep reading; readable, enjoyable, and it made the time pass.

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deldiva
Aug 01, 2013

Outstanding!! My first book by this author and I was not disappointed. I definitely have put him on my "must read" list. Great story with a lot of suspense and twists/turns....an ending I didn't see coming. Highly recommend!!

mulberrystreet Apr 28, 2012

This is definitely my favourite Linwood Barclay book. It's a chilling and suspenseful fast-read.

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