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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. 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...

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780752893686
ISBN-10: 0752893688
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 130mm x 29mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publish Date: 12-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay - Reviewed by (31 Aug 2014)

One night 14 year old Cynthia has a fight with her parents, slams her door and goes to bed. The next morning when she awakes all is unusually quiet. Her parents and brother have disappeared without a trace. Were they punishing her? The ensuing police investigation brings up nothing and Cynthia goes to live with her Aunt Tess. 25 Years on, Cynthia and her husband, Terry Archer, are approached by the television show “Deadline”. A show that revisits unsolved crimes hoping new evidence will surface. But as new evidence starts to appear it all seems to point to Cynthia herself as the perpetrator.

This is a great story that is hard to put down as it builds from a mystery, drawing you in wandering what did exactly happen to her family. People don't just disappear! As the story moves along it quickly changes to an edge of your seat thriller. It had me guessing one way then another, but the final answers had me reeling.

Author Biography - Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay is married with two children and lives near Toronto. A former columnist for the TORONTO STAR, he is the author of several No.1 bestsellers, including the Richard and Judy 2008 Summer Read winner NO TIME FOR GOODBYE.

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