Book Review: No Time For Goodbye, Linwood Barclay
Title: No Time For Goodbye
Author: Linwood Barclay
Copyright C Linwood Barclay 2007
Blurb extract: …Why had her family disappeared? Twenty Five years later the mystery is no nearer to being solved…
Plot (fiction book):
This story twists and turns, it’s an excellent page turner. At some points this book reminded me of the Hitchcock movie, Gaslight, a great film by the way. The questions about sanity, insanity and what they are, perception and reality. Very cleverly written, is she going mad or is someone trying to make it seem she is losing her grip? If so, who?
What happened? Is her memory reliable? This book takes the reader on a journey at just the right pace for the genre.
Characters: The main character is surprising sane at start of novel, a little unbelievably so to be honest. She should have more angst of teenage arguments, the guilt of a survivor, but is OK with it, at first.
If you accept that she must have had an amazing therapist, despite the trauma of her youth. Living with the nightmare scenario of not being able to make up with her family etc. then you’ll dive straight into a great story.
She is what most people would call happy, but…and there’s the story.
As many teenagers do, she dated a ‘bad boy’ who makes an appearance later in the book. This character was a clever addition, I won’t give you details as I’d like you to read this book with all its surprises along the way.
Conclusion: There’s a slightly predictable twist that I had worked out about half way through, but still a great holiday book.
In My Book Recommendations?: It’s a well thought out story, with a couple of unusual, if predictable, twists so yes I’d suggest reading it. It isn’t the best, but it’s worth the few hours it will take you to read it. The pace of the story will carry you through. I do like a book where you want to always read ‘just one more chapter’ and this is it.
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