Good morning everyone and welcome to our very last No Time for Goodbye Readalong discussion! If you missed the previous recaps, make sure to read them here before reading this post because (understandably) it WILL contain spoilers. And if you’ve just found us and not sure what this event is all about, you’ll find all the information you need on the No Time for Goodbye sign-up page.
Ah, the last ten chapters. It’s my second time reading this book but they still managed to keep me on the edge of my seat until the very end. There were actually quite a few details I still didn’t remember (Rolly’s secret being one of them) so it was a brilliant read even for the second time.
We finally hear the truth about Cynthia’s family and what happened on that fateful night 25 years ago and boy, what a story it is. Her dad, Clayton Bigge, had two different identities. He had a wife and a son in one state, and a wife, a son and a daughter in another. He had to split his life between the two, pretending he was going away on business every time he drove off to his other family. Mind-boggling, I know.
The point where things went horribly wrong was when Enid, his first wife, found out about Cynthia’s mum and Clayton’s other family. The woman wasn’t sane or rational at the best of times, so such a drastic revelation drove her over the edge. She followed Clayton when he was on his way to his other family and killed them. Or at least she killed Cynthia’s brother and mum – but she didn’t know Clayton had a daughter as well. They drove back to New York and Clayton – out of fear – promised never to contact Cynthia again.
While we learn all this, Cynthia and Grace walk into Enid’s trap. Enid figured out that Clayton (who has cancer and doesn’t have too long to live) left everything he had to his daughter and her family and she wants to prevent it, no matter what it takes. Enid and his son Jeremy manage to lure them to the old, abandoned quarry where they killed Cynthia’s mum and brother 25 years ago and are about to put an end to it. Luckily, Terry and Clayton get there on time and Clayton drives Enid’s car – with Enid and their son Jeremy – into the lake, saving Cynthia and her family.
As a final twist, it turns out that it wasn’t Jeremy – or Enid – who killed Aunt Tess and the detective guy. It was Clayton’s oldest friend and Terry’s boss, Rolly. (I knew there was something fishy about that guy from the beginning but couldn’t figure out how or why he’d be connected to all this)
Oh, man. What a twist. I’m really looking forward to reading No Safe House – even more so because no matter how much I think about this, I don’t know how the author would go on with the story. The way it all ended – with the bad guys dead and all the secrets out in the open – No Time For Goodbye seemed complete to me. It’ll be nice to see how their lives changed after all this though, and knowing Linwood Barclay’s previous books I’m pretty sure we’re in for a chilling ride.
If you had to write a sequel, how would you continue with the story?
To celebrate the publication of Linwood Barclay’s latest novel (and the sequel of No Time For Goodbye) next month, I’m giving away 5 shiny copies of No Safe House. It’s open to UK residents only (I’m so sorry, international friends!) and the rules are very simple. Just fill in the Rafflecopter form below and you’re good to go. The 5 winners will be selected at random and contacted on the first week of September. Good luck! 🙂