No Time for Goodbye : No Time for Goodbye

  • by Linwood Barclay
  • Narrated by Christopher Lane
  • Series: No Time for Goodbye
  • 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 with finding 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 25 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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What the Critics Say

"Skilled characterization and convincing dialogue." (Publishers Weekly)
"No Time for Goodbye just flies off the page. It's a one-sit thriller. You sit down with this book and you won't get up until you've turned the last page." (Michael Connelly)
"A mystery masterpiece is read by a master narrator." (AudioFile)

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No Time for Goodbye gets 5*s all around

Where does No Time for Goodbye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have so many books in my library I have a hard time rating them on order but I would say it falls in the top half.


What did you like best about this story?

The best part of this book is that it's conclusion is so far off from what you think it's going to be. Good plot with some really good twists and high tension.


Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

Christopher Lane did a great job on all


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not extreme but melancholy. Linwood Barclay tends to put these zingers in at the very end and the last maybe 4 - 5 minutes get you every time.


Any additional comments?

This is a really good listen. I wasn't sure I was going to like it. The first part of the book starts out with the disappearance of a family minus the daughter. Her life is spent looking for them and wondering why they just up and moved with out her. I thought it was a little hokey but then as people started to get involved in the hunt for the family they started getting murdered and then it just kept getting better and better with one heck of a conclusion that will knock your socks off. It's worth the credit!

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- shelley

Still a great book..

Living overseas, in a land where English-language books were very difficult to come by, I found myself reading all kinds of books I probably wouldn't have picked, had there been more options. I remember picking this book up, having never heard of either it or the author, and not having high expectations. Boy, I was wrong.

I was captivated from the first page -- the story moves along at breakneck speed, and not for quite a while can you even begin to imagine how such a thing could have happened: a teenage girl wakes up after a late night with her boyfriend, and finds that the rest of her family has simply disappeared, gone, without a trace. In spite of all the investigations and publicity at the time, nothing is ever discovered. The family just disappeared.

At some point, Barclay allows us to see how the solution to the puzzle could have occurred -- only things are never quite that simple.

So back then, years ago, in a country far away, I remember finishing the book, putting it down with a "Huh! Didn't see THAT coming..." and after wiping a few tears off my face, thinking, 'Wow. What a book!'

It IS quite a book. Still is. It's not Great Literature, maybe, but in terms of genre, one of the best. As an Audible book, this one was especially good because of the narrator, Christopher Lane. He narrates with exactly the right intonation -- sort of a befuddled-but-tolerant father figure, which is exactly right. Perfect for Terry Archer, a mild mannered wry-humored English teacher, husband of Cynthia Bigge, who was the teenager who lost her family. Archer never experienced any of the mystery himself, but nevertheless, he's the one who has coped with Cynthia's lifelong struggle with her loss. When things start to happen, it falls to him to figure it out.

To say much of anything more could spoil it, so I won't. Just know that this is a really good listen.
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- karen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-26-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio