No Time for Goodbye

  • by Linwood Barclay
  • Narrated by Christopher Lane
  • 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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Customer Reviews

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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

This is a real cliff hanger right to the end

I really enjoyed this book. The plot twists and turns clear to the very end. Every time you think you have everything figured out another twist pops up. Yes, there is even a cliff involved.

The story is about a 14 year old girl that wakes up to find the rest of her family has disappeared without a trace. Most of the events take place 25 years later with Cin trying to figure out what really happened to them.

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- Ruth B.

Book Details

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