Throwback Thursday is a book meme created by Renee (itsbooktalk) as a way to share your old favourites and reminisce about why you loved them so much.
This week I have chosen the first book I read by my favourite crime author Linwood Barclay. I don’t recall why I bought it, perhaps the synopsis pulled me in, but I’m so glad I did!
Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge woke one morning to discover that her entire family, mother, father, brother had vanished. No note, no trace, no return. Ever. Now, twenty-five years later, she’ll learn the devastating truth
Sometimes better not to know. . .
Cynthia is happily married with a young daughter, a new family. But the story of her old family isn’t over. A strange car in the neighborhood, untraceable phone calls, ominous gifts, someone has returned to her hometown to finish what was started twenty-five years ago. And no one’s innocence is guaranteed, not even her own. By the time Cynthia discovers her killer’s shocking identity, it will again be too late . . . even for goodbye.
Why I love this book
Like I said above, this was the first book I read that got me hooked on Linwood Barclay’s writing. I loved how he built up suspense and didn’t make it obvious which way the book was going to go. I honestly couldn’t have predicted the ending, and you’ll find I say that about all of his books. How can you possibly explain your whole family disappearing without a trace?
This book actually has a sequel that I have yet to read – No Safe House, which explores the aftermath of No Time for Goodbye because Barclay doesn’t appear to want to let his characters go. Most crime books end with all the answers given and you never hear of how the main protagonists coped in the aftermath. Even when his book is about a completely new character, Barclay still manages to slip in old ones to make us readers realise that the story didn’t end for them like it did for us.