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3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  1,005 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
On a bright autumn afternoon in Truro, the Napier family celebrates one couple's golden wedding anniversary and another's marriage. But for one member of the clan, the day turns dark. ChrisNapier, prodigal son, suddenly spots the ragged specter of a former friend, Nicky Lanyon-a man whose own family was ruined by the same twist of fate with which the Napiers were blessed. ...more
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Published February 24th 2009 by Delta (first published 1997)
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Brenda H
Nov 25, 2016 Brenda H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The mystery begins when Chris Napier finds his childhood friend, Nicky Lanyon, lurking - and later hanged - in the bushes at a family event. Nicky’s father, Michael, was hanged for conspiracy to commit murder after Chris’ grandfather was found stabbed to death. The motive was always a bit unclear since it was assumed that Michael – despite being no blood relation to Chris’ grandfather - would inherit the fortune rather than the Napier family.

Goddard does a masterful job of interweaving the past
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Carol
Nov 22, 2016 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beyond Recall by Robert Goddard
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On a bright autumn afternoon in Truro, the Napier family celebrates one couple’s golden wedding anniversary and another’s marriage. But for one member of the clan, the day turns dark. Chris Napier, prodigal son, suddenly spots the ragged specter of a former friend, Nicky Lanyon—a man whose own family was ruined by the same twist of fate with which the Napiers were blessed. And the next morning, Chris is horrified to find Nicky dead, hanging from a
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Andrew
Nov 22, 2016 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't think Robert Goddard knows how to write a bad book. He is the supremo when it comes to writing a ripping yarn! This has all the hallmarks of a great story from Robert Goddard, weaving backwards and forwards (seamlessly) through time to try find out what happened 34 years ago when Chris's uncle was murdered. This story took quite a bit of piecing together but absolutely loved everything about the book, even when one unexpected twist fooled me! You haven't read Robert Goddard? Why? You cer ...more
Debbie Robson
Mar 21, 2016 Debbie Robson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have long enjoyed reading Robert Goddard’s novels. They are my staple holiday reads. Since joining Goodreads in November 2008 I have read and reviewed three of Goddard’s mysteries and this is my fourth review, although in total I have probably read, over the years, another four books at least.
That’s not many you may think, taking into account that Goddard has written over twenty mystery novels but I do pick and choose according to storyline and location and this sometimes does influence my rat
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LG
Jul 04, 2013 LG rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: loyal Goddard fans
Like Emma Moresco, one of the more important characters, I enjoyed the tour of Cornwall that we get in this novel, the author’s 10th. Even though I’ve never been to Truro or Torquay or Pangbourne (and am not likely to visit any of these places), his succinct descriptions strike some sort of universal chord. Here’s one: “Battersea Park was bathed in crystalline sunlight, gilding the yellows and reds of the trees around the boating lake and etching the lines of the power-station chimneys beyond Qu ...more
Jenn
Mar 07, 2013 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-fiction
Sometimes I think Robert Goddard's books are great, other times he sells us a turkey - they're silly, and they lack credibility etc, but this one was one of the first. A crime from forty years previously comes back to haunt a wealthy family when the son returns to a family wedding to find his old childhood friend has hanged himself. There's the usual raft of family secrets, flashbacks to the past and mysterious happenings whilst the hero runs round hopelessly at a breakneck pace.

It filled up the
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Eadie
Nov 21, 2016 Eadie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
This was another haunting tale of lies and intrigue by Robert Goddard, the master of manipulation. The twists kept me hooked until the very end. It's a well crafted story with a solid plot line and interesting characters. It's a shame that more people don't know about Robert Goddard's books as he his one of the best in suspense thrillers. I highly recommend his books as they are very entertaining. I can't wait to read the next one.
Lesley Miller
Feb 24, 2013 Lesley Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Goddard is a non-guilty pleasure for me when I want to read gentle prose. He has a lovely touch with words even when covering death and ruin. When you are in the mood for something that you can simply read then he is your author,
Monica Wies
May 24, 2017 Monica Wies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chris Napier keert na jaren terug naar huis voor de bruiloft van zijn nichtje.
De bruiloft vindt plaats op Tredower House, het huis van zijn oudoom Joshua.
Deze oom werd in 1947 vermoord en Michael Lanyon werd ervan beschuldigd opdracht voor deze moord gegeven te hebben. Hij werd opgehangen.
De bruiloft wordt verstoord door de komst van Nicky Lanyon, zijn zoon. Hij is er van overtuigd dat zijn vader onschuldig was.
Chris beloofd zijn jeugdvriend Nicky hem te helpen de waarheid te achterhalen.
Dan bli
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Lori
Mar 15, 2017 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
wow, I never would have come up with the solution to this mystery. I really page turner and very carefully crafted and built. very well done.
Bettie☯
Jul 16, 2011 Bettie☯ marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: published-1997


winter 2012
pub 1997
tbr busting
mystery thriller
cornwall

Read by................... Michael Kitchen
Abr/Unabr................ Unabridged
Genre...................... Fiction - Mystery
Source.................... 10 Cassettes
Total Runtime.......... approx 11 Hrs 28 Mins

blurb - Here again Goddard creates a narrator who uncovers secrets buried in the past that cast grim shadows on later generations. He takes classic English mystery staples - a grand old house in Cornwall, a family fortune in dispute, murde
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Sandie
Another unique mystery from the pen of Robert Goddard, a writer who knows how to create thought provoking, absorbing stories peopled with conflicted characters, some-what flawed protagonists and descriptive images of the British countryside that are so vivid you feel an overwhelming urge to jump on the next plane and have a look for yourself.

The story spans a period of time from the late 1940's to the early 1980's and examines the impact of a 35 year old murder on the two families directly invo
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Elizabeth Elwood
Another engrossing read from Robert Goddard. Like many of his books, this novel fluctuates between the past and the present as the protagonist tries to uncover a web of intrigue that began in 1947 and resulted in the suicide of a childhood friend thirty-four years later. The shock of his friend’s suicide, a dramatic hanging on the day of his sister’s wedding and the golden wedding anniversary of his parents, drives Chris Napier to ferret out the truth about his great-uncle’s murder, a brutal sta ...more
Stephanie Cowart
This is my first Robert Goddard book. I gather he is well-known author. This book had a comment of praise on it from Stephen King so I went into it thinking it was going to be pretty good.

I wasn’t impressed.

The book flipped back and forth every couple of pages between the past and the more present past (but past nonetheless) and it was hard to follow. It took FOREVER to get interesting. I wasn’t really involved in the characters so the thing that happened to them didn’t really touch me. Honestly
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Joe Stamber
I've read quite a few Goddards now, and it has to be said that like many authors he has a particular style. In fact, he has a very particular style. Fortunately for me, it's a style I like.

I'm not going to give plot details as they are available elsewhere. Beyond Recall is typical Goddard, a mystery moving between related stories in different timelines. As such, it's an enjoyable read with quite a few twist and turns, some I saw coming, others not.

For the most of the book, it was a solid 4 sta
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Elaine
Feb 23, 2011 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My 3rd-and favourite-Goddard to date. Lots of twists in a quite intriguing tale of revenge and misplaced loyalties. The ending was rather saccharine coated, but nonetheless wound up the tale quite adequately. I'm finding these novels rather interesting-some good insights into the motivations of the characters, and a fast enough moving plot to keep the pages turning. More depth would be appreciated at times-but guess that could be counter productive, and the plot would inevitably need to play a s ...more
Lisa Sansone
Sep 02, 2011 Lisa Sansone is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Update: I am hating this book. I can't decide whether to just give up on it, or to keep slogging through. It is so self-indulgent and tedious, and could use a massive editing job.

So far, I am having a hard time getting through this. I just personally don't care for all of the endless details of this rather boring, old British family. Not sure if all of this minutia serves the plot or not, but it is super-dry, for my tastes. I chose the book largely because there was a glowing quote from Stephen
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Bryan Higgs
Jul 29, 2012 Bryan Higgs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery
This is the tenth Robert Goddard novel I've read in my quest to read his novels in chronological order. This one seems back on track after a couple of not-so-good ones with plots that didn't seem to be terribly realistic.

The male protagonist in this one is, as usual, flawed, but seems to have acquired a reasonable backbone for the inevitable role he assumes. The plot, as usual, has its twists and turns, including its places where you think some minor mystery is explained, only to have it snatch
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Bruce Reid
A better-than-average run through of several genre tropes, from the past that won't stay buried to the mystery woman with an even more mysterious vendetta. But the moral conundrums on display don't impress as much as the author apparently believes--there's a lot of special pleading to make the black sheep narrator much the most honorable member of his family. And the plot twists, while not egregiously out of left field, are merely expedient. Flipping back after each rug-pull to the relevant conv ...more
Lizzie
Apr 12, 2013 Lizzie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Goddard is one of my favourite authors - I am slowly picking up all back copies from any where I can find them - from sale of books in hospital foyers to charity shops! He has a theme he returns to - a male protagonist who is not a perfect human being but deep down is made of the right stuff. Somehow circumstances will force this person to dig deep and come up with the goods...sounds repetitive but he makes it work so differently in each book and you meet some pretty unpleasant folk along ...more
Luce Cronin
Feb 28, 2016 Luce Cronin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another complex, well written novel by Robert Goddard. I got hooked on this author when I read "out of the sun" featuring the character Harry Barnett. Harry was a character that greatly appealed to me, and i subsequently found all of Goddard's books not featuring Harry to be "good". Goddard writes tremendously well and always has complex plots and loads of characters, but the Harry Barnett ones were always so much better. So I thought. Until i read this one - although it does not carry the comic ...more
Caroline
Apr 05, 2014 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am generally a fan of Robert Goddard and this is a good example. His novels are interesting and entertaining and then have a twist at the end in the "who did it" moment. The book is based on a man who goes back home for a party and is dragged back to his childhood friendship. His friend's Father is hanged for murder and his friend hangs himself 20 odd years later maintaining his Dad's innocence. Beyond Recall encourages the review of the murder to see whether the Father was really guilty or in ...more
Gerry
Feb 26, 2016 Gerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Cornwall, England, a middle aged man must look into his own and his family’s past to sort out guilt and innocence: his boyhood friend challenges him to learn “who killed my father” and then commits suicide. The father had been hanged for arranging the murder of Chris’s uncle, but Chris discovers reasons to suspect that the man was not guilty at all, and that in fact Chris’s own family may have had a greater part in the murder, in an effort to wrest an inheritance from the old man’s first love ...more
Gail Walraven
The method of moving between past and present in this book nearly drove me crazy. Goddard made the switch in the middle of chapters. I would be reading about events in the present and in the next paragraph he had switched to the past. It was a pretty good mystery with lots of characters to keep track of, but I found many of the connections just a little too convenient. Lots of twists, turns and surprises - many of which I saw coming - others I did not.
Dave Fellows
Jan 16, 2016 Dave Fellows rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5/5 stars. The best Robert Goddard for a long time, probably since his debut novel 'Past Caring'. The plot is complex and protracted over 34 years, and the characters are numerous with varying interconnections, but if you can keep everyone straight in your mind, there's a riveting story unravelling on every page here. Thoroughly enjoyable, and therefore a very quick read for me. Goddard's flawless writing style (i.e. "proper" English) only helps the reading experience.
Richard
Apr 30, 2016 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had tried another book of his, Pale Battalions, but I don't think I was quite in the mood for his very literal writing at the time and gave up after a few pages. This one gripped me straightaway with its plot, characters, historical element and the wonderful descriptions of Cornwall, one of England's most scenic areas. It's not a quick read, the pace is slow at times, but the rewards are there for those who enjoy a really good read.
raheleh mansoor
May 01, 2007 raheleh mansoor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pedram, Parimah
A fun suspense and mystery. It ate up my Sunday afternoon very enjoyably. I would put him in the same category as my other newest favorite British mystery writer, Barbara Vine, although his story is not quite as densely woven and masterful as her best.

It tells the story of a wealthy family on the British coast, from the perspective of the black sheep son. He is thrust into a quest to uncover the sordid secrets in his family's past and the windfall that made them wealthy.

J. Walker
I'm starting to lose steam on Robert Goddard; this is number four, virtually in a row.
I heard about him because of my interest in the Carmine Delmonico mysteries by Colleen McCullough.
His plotting is exceptional; his characters are each and all distinct, within a small range of human experience - these are mostly-white murder mysteries in and around the English countryside.
David
Apr 06, 2012 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a somewhat muddy and overly long first act this story begins to build up a head of steam about a third of the way in. From there it is classic Goddard until the final act when all is revealed and the various loose ends are drawn together. I am pleased that I persisted through those early chapters for another compelling book by this excellent author.
Tom Blumer
What I like about Robert Goddard is that you really never can figure out how the story will end. Makes the reading suspenseful throughout. This book is no exception. Maybe not his best, but certainly a very good read.
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