Title: No Time For Goodbye
Author: Linwood Barclay
Publication date: September 1, 2007
Length: 437 pages
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Age group: Adult
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The house was silent. No sound of her parents getting ready for work, or her brother late for school. Were they punishing her for last night? She’d been out on a date when she should have been studying, and had a huge fight with her father. So where was everyone now? Why had her family disappeared?
Twenty-five years later the mystery is no nearer to being solved and Cynthia is still haunted by unanswered questions. Were her family murdered? Abducted? If so, why was she spared? And if they are alive, why did they abandon her? Then a letter arrives, a letter which makes no sense. Soon Cynthia begins to realise that stirring up the past could be the worst mistake she has ever made…
No Time For Goodbye is one of those books that grab your attention from the very first page. Not having read any of the author’s books I had no idea what to expect from the story but it was definitely a pleasant surprise and I’m really glad I picked this up. I had a few minor issues with it – which I’m going to get to in a minute – and it wasn’t as fast paced as I anticipated but all in all, it was a gripping novel full of twists and turns and with a touching ending.
Before I go even further, I have to warn you that this book is not for those people who get easily put off by the constant use of swear words. If you can stand it, go ahead – if you can’t, this one is not for you. Thankfully, I belong to the first category so it didn’t really bother me but I know it might be a big no-no for some people.