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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,224 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linwood Barclay Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9781423341123
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The house was deathly quiet. That was the first sign that something was terribly wrong. Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge woke that morning to find herself alone. Her family—mother, father, and brother—had vanished without a word, without a note, without a trace. Twenty-five years later, Cynthia is still looking for answers. Now she is about to learn the devastating truth

Cynthia and Terry Archer still live in Milford, Connecticut, not far from the old Bigge house on Hickory Street. With a solid marriage and a young daughter, the Archers seem on track for a successful future. But the questions raised by Cynthia’s past still haunt her, and her obsession to find the answers threatens to destroy everything they’ve worked for. For Cynthia, there can be no closure until she finds out why her family disappeared—and how they could have left her behind.

Terry thinks the segment on the popular TV crime-stopper program Deadline is a mistake. But his wife hopes that someone watching will have a lead to her missing family. Sure enough, it’s Cynthia who spots the strange car cruising the neighborhood, hears the untraceable phone calls, and discovers the ominous “gifts.” And as Cynthia’s nerves begin to unravel, no one’s innocence is guaranteed, not even her own. By the time the first body is found, it’s clear that her past is more of a mystery than she ever imagined—or may ever survive.

Someone has returned to this Connecticut town to finish what was started twenty-five years ago. And by the time Terry and Cynthia discover the killer’s shocking identity, it will be too late even for goodbye.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A top-notch thriller, with surprises around every corner. The suspense comes in layer after layer and doesn’t stop until the last page.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A literate, well-constructed thriller that plays on the childhood fear of parental abandonment…Barclay takes his time solving the puzzle, deftly building suspense.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Barclay rarely allows the reader to get comfortable…He has written his most involving crime novel so far.”

    Toronto Star

  • “The stuff of nightmarish mystery…in a class all by itself.”

    BookReporter.com

  • “This fast-paced read is bound to please, offering an especially intriguing premise and plenty of irreverent humor.”

    Booklist

  • No Time for Goodbye is a great suburban thriller—and that’s not a contradiction in terms. Linwood Barclay doesn’t make one false step, and the surprises just keep on coming. Don’t start reading Goodbye late at night: you’ll stay up to finish it.”

    Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author of All Together Dead

  • A 2008 International Thriller Writers Award Finalist for Best Novel
  • A 2008 Barry Award Finalist for Best Thriller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma Goodwin | 2/17/2014

    " The reason I enjoyed this book was the suspense in it, the blurb itself fascinated me and made me think 'what would I do?' and it did keep me on the edge of my seat. The only problem is I found the writing not very smooth and a lack of description at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marisa Demankowski | 2/11/2014

    " Fast read, keeps you in suspense. I did figure out a very small part of the ending but not enough to ruin the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 2/11/2014

    " Very compelling suspense. Couldn't put it down, almost deserves 5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry Hoffer | 2/6/2014

    " I'll admit I don't normally read this type of thriller, but a colleague of mine lent this to me and I was hooked. I flew through the book in about a day and a half (one of the benefits of calling in sick). Definitely enough twists to keep you guessing and make you wonder just what was going to happen at the end. I'll have to check out another one of Barclay's books now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clive Maddison | 2/3/2014

    " It was quite enjoyable, following a formula that was evident in the Accident, but an easy read even if the ending was a little weak. I preferred The Accident, but sometimes that is down to how you connect with the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pattie | 2/3/2014

    " spellbinding mystery "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ptreick | 1/26/2014

    " I listened to this book on CD and was completely into it, and I'm not a reader who typically gravitates toward this type of fiction. I kept thinking, my husband would love this! And really, so did I. I figured out a few of the major plot points ahead of time, but that was actually a plus since I was driving, and therefore didn't have to pay attention 100 percent of the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niki | 1/19/2014

    " This book took me awhile to get into, but about half way it picked up. I liked the twists at the end! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorna | 1/15/2014

    " As a teenager, Cynthia wakes up to find that her family has vanished. Fast forward 25 years, she is still trying to figure out what happened to them. Strange things start happening.. you won't believe what she uncovers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avril | 1/12/2014

    " This was a guilty pleasure and a page turner to boot! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 1/12/2014

    " 14-year-old Cynthia wakes up and her family is gone, vanished, disappeared. Fast forward 25 years and Cynthia is still without answers about her family. However, strange things start happening that lead her to a mysterious discovery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonia | 12/14/2013

    " An absolute thriller! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey Cameron | 11/3/2013

    " Absolutely brilliant book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith Barrow | 10/26/2013

    " Unable to put it down - some twists and turns that disappointed. Worth a read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 10/16/2013

    " good premise, intriguing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judi Little | 8/24/2013

    " Good read. Even though there are clues early on there are some surprises. The clues keep you interested I think. I would recommend to anyone who likes suspense/mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 7/24/2013

    " I really liked this book, it was one of those that I couldn't put down. I recommend this author! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise Foppiano | 7/30/2012

    " Not a great thriller. I was on a beach and this is all I had to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ♥adrienne♥ | 7/28/2012

    " This book was Ok. I thought it was a great story. I just didn't like the husband. Something about him screamed asshole to me. I will say that it was a quick read and it kept me interested. It ended well too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 7/15/2012

    " This book is the ultimate page turner....you just can't wait to unlock the mystery! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 5/30/2012

    " it was good, not brilliant but good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Apoorva | 2/29/2012

    " Its is a fantastic story about a woman who has lost their family.....x I recomend you to read it because it has a lot of suspense! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 12/16/2011

    " Compelling story idea - teenage girl wakes up one morning to find that her family has disappeared. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frankie | 8/13/2011

    " Absolutely amazing!!!!!!!! There are a few twists & turns that even the most savvy mystery reader will not anticipate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fred Clifford | 8/12/2011

    " Nothing more to say about this book than READ IT!! Arguably the most engrossing book I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie Engstrom, | 7/21/2011

    " good book, i enjoyed the story lines but it did lack something which i cant put my finger on, good start though i love books that get stuck in from the off. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 5/2/2011

    " very entertaining. keeps you guessing as to the real nature of the mystery. crime? aliens? abandonment? as the tale is revealed it turns into a suspense/thriller novel. well worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 5/1/2011

    " First book I've read by this author & will definately be reading his follow ups. Good storyline & characters. Never quite sure what's around the corner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harriet | 4/22/2011

    " One of the best books that I have read in years. I read it in one day! Second book that I have read by Linwood Barclay. What a terrific writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 4/19/2011

    " A very good suspense novel ... fourteen year old Cynthia wakes up to find her family has vanished. With no answers, no clues, this is a page turner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 4/1/2011

    " good suspense thriller,at the edge of your seat action at end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 3/21/2011

    " I checked out this book because I recently enjoyed his latest. I thought this one was as good. The story is really complex and really makes you want to read fast. The ending was surprising. ONe of the characters might be right out of Hitchcock. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 3/11/2011

    " I read one suspense novel by Linwood Barclay and loved it, but wondered if perhaps it was a fluke. Would all of his novels be that good?

    If NO TIME FOR GOODBYE is an example, then the answer may be "yes."

    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 3/8/2011

    " Loved this book. One of the best reads I've had in a long time.
    Really interesting story line, every time I thought I had it sussed, it took another twist or turn.
    Would like to read more from this author. "

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About the Author
Author Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay, former columnist for the Toronto Star, is the bestselling author of nine critically acclaimed novels, including The AccidentNever Look Away, and No Time for Goodbye, which has been optioned for film. He lives near Toronto.

About the Narrator

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration and recipient of ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.