Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages Publisher: Bantam; paperback edition (August 26, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 0553590421 ISBN-13: 978-0553590425 Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.1 x 6.7 inches
Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge woke one morning to discover that her entire familymother, father,brotherhad vanished. No note, no trace, no return. Ever. Now, twenty-five years later, shell learn the devastating truth.
Sometimes its better not to know. . . .
Cynthia is happily married with a young daughter, a new family. But the story of her old family isnt over. A strange car in the neighborhood, untraceable phone calls, ominous giftssomeone has returned to her hometown to finish what was started twenty-five years ago. And no ones innocence is guaranteed, not even her own. By the time Cynthia discovers her killers shocking identity, it will again be too late . . . even for goodbye.
------------------------------------------------------------------------ Reviews from Amazon
One of my favorite thrillers of the year By Overworked writer on September 29, 2007
I'm in publishing, so I get the chance to read quite a few thrillers before they're released, and NO TIME FOR GOODBYE made my top-10 list of the year. The premise is stunning: a teenage girl wakes up to find her family gone. Her father, mother, and brother have simply vanished, leaving her to deal with the painful aftermath of abandonment. Or are they dead? She never finds out... until years later, when she's happily married, with a child of her own. Suddenly new clues arise that make her wonder if her parents and brother may still be alive. But then, why did they leave her?
It's her husband who narrates the tale, and as the story twists and turns, even he wonders about the sanity of his own wife. The ending is a stunning surprise. Deeply satisfying, emotionally wrenching, this is one terrific book.
Not just a thriller By Robert Deutsch on November 9, 2007
No Time for Goodbye is marketed as a can't-put-it-down suspense thriller, and while the description is appropriate, the book is much more than that. Like Linwood Barclay's novels featuring Zack Walker, No Time for Goodbye is more character- than plot-driven. Yes, there is a clever, intricately-woven plot, but what distinguises this novel from the typical thriller is that the characters seem like real people, not just convenient plot devices. Barclay has the ability to draw us into the lives of his characters, so we come to genuinely care for them, and don't want anything bad to happen to them. And, most unusual for a novel in the suspense genre, there are some truly touching passages, at least two of which brought tears to my eyes. This is definitely not your run-of-the-mill suspense thriller.