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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

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Aug 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book five stars simply for entertainment value. It was almost like watching a film, the characters came to life and the whole book was great fun to read - who cares if the plot was a little implausable.
It's not the sort of book you'll want to keep and read again but enjoy it as a fast food treat. If you read it over a weekend as I did, beware, you might not get much else done.

Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy crap on a cracker! This book was fantastic. Definitely a 5 star novel. I love Linwood Barclay because his writing is so similar to Harlan Coben's and I am a huge fan of Coben and am becoming an even bigger fan of Barclay.

This book gave me goosebumps more than once and in my book (no pun intended) that makes it a 4 or 5 star. Cynthia Bigge, a fourteen year old girl is drug home one night by her father after he catches her drinking and making out with a much older boy. When she gets home she
Jul 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller Fans
"Well, I'll tell you something," he said, "but not if you're going to tell the cops because if you do, I'll tell them I never said any of this, because they might find a way to use it against me, the fuckers."

This book was just okay. It's a thriller. Cynthia's 14 when her mom, dad, and older brother disappear one night. Their cars are missing. Their beds aren't slept in. There's no trace of them.

Were they murdered? Kidnapped? Did they leave and abandon their daughter? It's three decades later an
My first Lynwood Barclay novel, which I picked up on a whim at the library, as I had been hearing things about this author from my Aussie Reader friends. I was constantly checking and unchecking boxes, second guessing my ideas as to ‘who dunnit’. My assumptions were partly correct, and I enjoyed trying to work it out.

Cynthia finds herself abandoned by her family one day, she’s woken up one day and they’ve simply vanished. The story continues on the 25th anniversary of Cynthia’s disappearance, w
if you can stand the "F" word every other page, sometimes many times in one page...then read this book. Its a lot of fun and really interesting. If I cared enough tho, I'd write the author and tell him how a)unnecessary and b)annoying it was to have to see that word over and over again. I know to some people its not an issue at all but to me..blech. The book was so good on its own, it didn't need it AT ALL.
Mar 19, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this one up because the description reminded me of Harlan Coben's books, but was disappointed. The first half of the book, in which Barclay set up his story, is more description than action. I found it pretty boring. No great writing here either. So many readers have commented on the mounting suspense in this book. I found none of that. I felt none of the shock or sense of dread that I usually get when I read a mystery/thriller. Two thirds into the book, I didn't care what actually happ ...more
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Linwood Barclay has written another thriller that will keep you turning the pages the characters are strong & the plot well penned.


When Cynthia Bigge wakes up on a Saturday morning to find her Mother Patricia & father Clayton & brother Todd gone she panics after a wild night with boyfriend Vince Fleming she wonders what the hell is going on?

Years later now married to Ter
Sep 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2007
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - it was written from the point of view of the woman's husband, and he takes you through the past, what little they know...starting with the 25th anniversary of her family's disappearance. About 1/3rd of the way through, you start to get pieces of the puzzle, but they throw in a lot of speculation about who could have done it. Parts of it kept me guessing right until the very end. LOVED this book!
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
14 year-old girl wakes up to find her entire family gone, it had me at "hello".
So fourteen year old Cynthia has a huge fight with her dad and goes to bed, the next morning she wakes up to find her father, mother and brother have vanished, no note, no nothing. The cars are gone and so are they.

Move forward years and Cynthia is married with an 8 year old and still has no idea what happened to her family. All of a sudden things start happening and

Told from the perspective of Cynthia's husband so you never know if Cynthia is involved, if she's nuts. It was a really great mys
Michele Shimp
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
Looking for a thriller that you don't want to put down? Then you need to read No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay. [return][return]This book is definitely a page turner! Cynthia's paranoia - is it in her head? Something she's doing - maybe a split personality? What happened to her family? Are they really dead? I cannot imagine for even a second that my family would just disappear. It's not even in my ability to imagine. Knowing that, I can imagine how if that were to happen, how messed up I w ...more
Sep 04, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grabbed this book on a whim as I was dashing out the door to the airport. It ended up being an entertaining read for the plane ride to Panama. After a night of teen drinking, Cynthia Archer wakes to find her family missing. This plot has been explored in many ways by different authors. Barclay's take on what happened to the family is not extraoridnary but neither is it boring. I was able to figure out who did what before the end of the book but that was not a bad thing. What made the read for me ...more
Terri Lynn
I only recently discovered this author's books when I read THE ACCIDENT. since I loved that, I then read TOO CLOSE TO HOME and loved it too. I then started reading this clunker and was surprised to find that Barclay had written such a dud.

The book begins with look back 25 years into the past when then 14 year old wild child Cynthia wakes up the morning after she had been found making out and drinking in a car with an older boy by her dad Clayton. Once home, she runs upstairs yelling back to dad
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My second Barclay book. This one is slow-moving and detail oriented. I stayed with it even though I didn't like it as much as A Tap on the Window It is difficult to write much without giving a spoiler. However, there is one character that I thought was unbelievable--didn't seem real. I began to figure out the solution, but didn't get it all; so it was good until the very end.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very disappointing. It started off well intended with novel ideas. But when you have absolutely no substance to the characters who gives a f*ck? And then to lose all integrity to the mystery by copping out to the most predictable of outcomes, really?! It's like eating a spoiled peanut. You wanted and expected it to be good but once you bit into it SOUR!
Mar 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very unexpected, at times very humorous, this book offered something essential: the need to keep reading until I knew what had happened. The characters, especially the daughter, were very well-defined and I cared about what happened to them
Sep 27, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
After having a fight with her parents, fourteen year old Cynthia Bigge wakes up to find her entire family has mysterious vanished without a trace. Twenty-five years later, the mystery of just what happened to them remains unsolved, leading Cynthia to agree to a segment on a popular reality show in the hopes of finding a few answers about the past that haunts her.

Following the show's airing, a series of mysterious events begins to occur including a mysterious car following her daughter, a fedora
Jan 05, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Because this book had rave reviews, I feel justified in launching into a few criticisms.
1.The first person narrator is a high school English teacher yet he insists on colloquialisms (or just plain bad grammar) such as, "Me and Grace went to the store." (Not an actual quote but close.)
2. The tone slips. When Vince comes on stage, we move from Stephen King creepiness to slapstick comedy.
3. Clearly the book was written for the movie version which means there's a lot of fast action with little att
Vicky (A Backpack Full of Adventures)
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 h
Mar 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
No Time For Goodbye opens with teenaged and hung-over Cynthia Bigge waking up to an empty home. Her family - father, mother and brother - having disappeared without so much as a note. Fast forward 25 years, Cynthia is now married with a daughter of her own and the story takes off from there. Well, actually it creeps along from there - never a good thing for a "thriller" - one of the major problems with this book.

No Time For Goodbye is reminiscent of books by Chris Mooney and Harlan Coben, i.e. t
Teresa Proença
Oct 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-eua, e3
Tinha grandes expectativas em relação a este livro e…
As Personagens
A adolescente rebelde que uma manhã acorda e descobre que pai, mãe e irmão tinham desaparecido. A adulta irritante que, anos depois, os procura;
O marido - a personagem simpática da história - que tudo arrisca na tentativa de encontrar a verdade;
Mais uns familiares, amigos e conhecidos para enfeitar e justificar o desenvolvimento do assunto.
O Enredo
Um crime, um rapto? O costume;
O culpado? Isso é que não me convenceu lá muito
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Well, this was very entertaining.

For some reason I had never heard of Linwood Barclay, until some of my Goodreads friends started raving about his latest.
So I grabbed this one, his earliest, and he certainly lived up to the hype. This is a classic page-turner. There is no time to smell the roses along the way: the plot plows through, but not with as much expense to character development as you would find with many thrillers. Even though the development comes mainly through dialogue, it is suffic
Aug 18, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In 1993 Thomas H. Cook published a book called Mortal Memory, in which a young man comes home from school to find his mother and sister murdered, and his father gone. He assumed his father had waited for him to come home to kill him, too. Mortal Memory was a very good book.

No Time for Goodbye was published in 2007, and the premise is a fourteen year old girl goes to bed drunk, wakes up to find her entire family missing. Nothing is out of place, they are simply gone.

In spite of lack of blood or
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
An ever thickening plot, the mystery deepens with every turn of the page. Don't read this book at night if you have to get up early the next morning. Nearly impossible to set down. Even after you set it down and turn out the lights to go to sleep, your mind is a whirlwind of Sherlockian thoughts keeping you awake. Great read. Highly recommended.
Wendy T
WOW! what a story. This book kept me guessing right up to the end. I was so shocked when the truth finally came out. Awesome suspense.
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Six stars! If you read No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay before you go to bed, your mind will keep you awake trying to solve this intriguing mystery. Even though I was able to piece together some of the bits of this puzzle about why the family of a 14-year-old girl, Cynthia Bigge, vanished in the middle of the night without a trace, the whole picture did not come together for me until the very end.

Most of the book focuses on that girl 25 years later, married to Terry Archer. They have an 8-
Oct 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
NO TIME FOR GOODBYE. (2007). Linwood Barclay. ***.
I discovered Barclay through his most recent book, and a friend of mine from Goodreads recommended that I go back and read this earlier one. Although a capable thriller/suspense novel, I found it less qualified than the later book. The author was still learning his craft, particularly his ability to formulate a believable plot peopled by believable characters. His current novel, “Trust Your Eyes,” is head and shoulders above this one. The plot is
Poppy fairy
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I am in a long line of readers that really enjoy Linwood Barclay's novels. He is one of the crime authors that readers like to read and review a lot of his books.

I was eagerly turning pages after pages of this fast-paced novel wanting to know more.

The story plunges into a scene where teenager Cynthia has been drinking in her boyfriends car and she is pulled out of her boyfriends car by her angry father.

Once Cynthia and her father arrive home it is one the crazy moments Cynthia shouts I wish you
Sarah Edwina Rose
Sep 07, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was recommended this book by friend who told me she couldn't put it down.

I agree that this book does have some page turning quality, but any hint of excitement at the mystery unfolding was completely overshadowed by the terribly poorly executed and unbelievable narrative.

The story is told by the husband, and he is quite possibly the most uninteresting character I have come across for quite some time. Dry, drab and monotone in his dialogue where any hint of feeling is executed in a cliche and c
Franco  Santos
Te levantas.
La casa está vacía.
Tu familia ha desaparecido.

Le tenía muchas expectativas a este libro, lamentablemente tengo que decir que me terminó decepcionando.

Empieza muy bien. Es todo como lo pintan en la sinopsis: mucho misterio, nada cuadra, sin embargo, a medida que avanzaba me iba llevando decepción tras decepción.

El final es bastante malo, para mi gusto. Después de tantas incógnitas que Barclay te dé esa resolución...

No obstante, es un buen thriller, sumamente entretenido y ameno.
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