| Cynthia is 14 years old. She has a fight with her father one night after breaking some rules. She wakes up the next morning and her entire family is gone. Twenty-five years later, the mystery seems just that...a mystery.|
Cynthia is still feeling the loss of her family and the affects it has posed on her life. Are they dead? Why was she spared? Did they leave? If so why leave her behind?
One day a letter arrives which sets the mystery solving wheels in motion. Before long it seems delving into the past may completely shatter her future. It could be her worst mistake yet.
Thursday, 29 April 2010
Review: No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay
I got this book from a thing we do...a pass a book around thing. We choose a book, read it, then pass it on to someone...in turn they must pass it on, and so on and so on. It's a thriller. I do enjoy a good thriller/mystery and the summary was enough to get me really interested.
There are many reasons to read this book as there are many aspects of the book I loved. But as much as I enjoyed, there were things that annoyed me, took away from the suspense and damn near pissed me off. I suppose all things considered that's what makes a good...great book exposing the reader to a myriad of emotions whether they be good or bad. It must draw you in like a good drug to the point where you must either get your lit fix in one sitting or at any free moment you can get. Well that was a mouthful ;)
It's written from Cynthia's husband's point of view. and is a roller coaster book. It's a meticulous puzzle-with small details that seem pointless at the time but all add up to the ending This meant the pace of the story was slow at the start....real slow as in t There was more focus on the story/mystery itself rather than the characters. I suppose this is a result of the limitations of a first person narrative. Being told from Cynthia's husband's POV means not much time can be spent fully going in depth with most characters and more importantly Cynthia's POV she is after all the whose family's gone. I wanted to know what was going through her mind, her exact feelings. This book is ALL about the mystery. I wasn't interested in Cynthia's husband either. Him narrating the story annoyed me. My favourite character is Grace...Cynthia's daughter. Yeah she's eight but I love her! She's precocious, witty, very attentive and pure comedy!
What I don't understand is Cynthia's husband is an English teacher but the grammar used was bad in some instances and some things he says are not what you'd expect an English teacher to say. Another issue is the lack of exploration into red herrings. There are hints at things but they are not fully explained, so while I was busy turning pages as pining to get to the end, I was a little confused throughout my journey.
This book could have been amazing but the execution let it down. I wanted to lurve this book...I was going to load this review with more good than bad because of all the rave reviews...then I realised that would be DISHONEST. I'm not so I'm unleashing it all. I loved the idea but not how it was written.