No Time For Goodbye Readalong: Introduction

No Time for Goodbye readalong

Hi guys! I already hinted at a mysterious and oh-so-exciting crime related event on Twitter but now I can finally reveal the big secret I’ve been meaning to tell you. To celebrate Linwood Barclay’s newest novel, No Safe House, hitting the shelves in late September, I teamed up with Orion Books to host an exclusive readalong of No Time for Goodbye, the first book in the series.

The event starts next Wednesday when we will be discussing the first 10 chapters of the book here on the blog – and I’d love you all to join in. Whether you’re new to crime fiction or you live and breathe this genre, whether you have a blog or not, it doesn’t matter – everyone is welcome to join in. The more the merrier!

readalong schedule

16 July: Introduction and sign-ups
23 July: Discussion of chapters 1-10
30 July: Discussion of chapters 11-20
6 August: Discussion of chapters 21-30
13 August: Discussion of chapters 31-40
20 August: Discussion of chapters 41-50, wrap-up, competition

To join the discussion, simply come back to Books, Biscuits and Tea every Wednesday when I’ll be posting a brief summary of the given chapters and talk about the plot in more detail. If you have a blog, feel free to join in and post your thoughts on your own blog as well – I’ll provide a linky each week where you can all link up your posts. :) If you don’t have a blog, fret not – simply come on Twitter and discuss the book by using the #NTFG hashtag.

And to make the celebration even more fun, we’ll be giving away early copies of the new book, No Safe House, at the end of the readalong. Sounds good?

about the book

No Time For Goodbye - Linwood BarclayYou wake up. Your house is empty. Your family has disappeared…

On the morning she will never forget, suburban teenager Cynthia Archer awakes with a nasty hangover and a feeling she is going to have an even nastier confrontation with her mom and dad. But when she leaves her bedroom, she discovers the house is empty, with no sign of her parents or younger brother Todd. In the blink of an eye, without any explanation, her family has simply disappeared.

Twenty-five years later Cynthia is still haunted by unanswered questions. Were her family murdered? If so, why was she spared? And if they’re alive, why did they abandon her in such a cruel way?

Now married with a daughter of her own, Cynthia fears that her new family will be taken from her just as her first one was. And so she agrees to take part in a TV documentary revisiting the case, in the hope that somebody somewhere will remember something – or even that her father, mother or brother might finally reach out to her…

Then a letter arrives which makes no sense and yet chills Cynthia to the core. And soon she begins to realise that stirring up the past could be the worst mistake she has ever made…

(Need a copy? Check out The Book Depository)

sign up

If you’d like to join us on a quest to solve the mystery and find Cynthia’s family, make sure to sign up below. It’ll be fun, I promise! Happy reading and see you next week!


  1. Marjorie Roy says

    No Time for Goodbye is just a fantastic page turner, I loved the book.
    I really like reading Linwood Barclays’ books, I like his style of writing and I am now collecting all of his books.
    I do not tweet so I will not be able to join the discussion.
    I can hardly wait for the sequel No Safe House.

    • says

      You can still join us here! 😉 You don’t have to be on Twitter to join in.
      NTFG was my first Linwood Barclay book and I loved it – really looking forward to re-reading it this month.

  2. emmjayess says

    I’d love to enter the competiton but not sure exactly what I have to do to enter. Any help massively appreciated!

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