No Time for Goodbye

No Time for Goodbye

Book - 2007
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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. She isn't. Instead, the house is empty, with no sign of her parents or younger brother Todd. At first she just thinks it's weird, then more and more scary, until finally the terrifying reality hits her: in the blink of an eye, without any explanation, her family has simply 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? 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 knows that without answers - however shocking they might prove to be - she will never be emotionally or psychologically whole, living in daily fear 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...

First nothing. Then just a few crackpots and scam artists coming out of the woodwork. And then the letter, a letter 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...

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2007.
ISBN: 9780553805550
055380555X
Characteristics: 338 p. ; 24 cm.

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barryandlinda
Dec 20, 2019

When Cynthia Bigge , who is 14 years old, wakes up, she finds her mother, father and brother are all gone and she is alone and has no idea what happened to them. She meets Terry Archer, a teacher, and marries him and together they have a daughter. Now 25 years later, strange things are happening and someone is watching her and breaks in her house and leaves a hat that belonged to her father. She wants to find out what happened to her family, but when she finds out, it is not what she was hoping for.

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Bunny_Goat
Feb 11, 2019

Suspense filled but a bit hard to believe. But....couldn't put it down - wanted to know what happened.

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Bean1988
Feb 10, 2019

Great book. Very suspenseful and entertaining.

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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.

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

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