It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for the next No Time for Goodbye Readalong discussion! If you missed the previous two recaps, make sure to read them (you’ll find them here) before continuing with the story or reading this post, as 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.
Chapters 21-30 seemed quite eventful and things are definitely getting more and more interesting. After Tess’ death in the previous chapters, there’s another mystery waiting to be solved. Terry gets a phone call from the wife of the private investigator they hired to help them find Cynthia’s family, who says she hasn’t seen her husband for a few days. The last thing they know about him is that he was on his way to talk to Tess. Tess is dead and the guy is missing. And the guy’s business card – which Tess pinned to her notice board – is nowhere to be seen. We don’t know what’s going on but it’s obvious someone wants the secrets of the past stay in the past.
A little bit later another interesting thing happens. Terry is going through the shoebox full of mementos Cynthia kept from her past and starts looking at the newspaper clippings Cynthia’s dad was collecting. They were all fishing related – Clayton was a big fan of fishing – but one of the clippings included a smaller section about a hit-and-run accident twenty something years earlier. At first Terry thinks it’s not deliberate but when he takes a closer look he notices that Clayton – or whoever cut this article – made sure the hit-and-run was part of the clipping. They don’t know why Cynthia’s dad might have wanted to keep something like that or whether he was connected to the incident in any way but it definitely makes things even more mysterious and confusing.
And, possibly the most important event in today’s 10 chapters is the anonymous letter Cynthia finds in the letterbox one morning. It’s addressed to her but there are no stamps or postal addresses – it was clearly put there by someone who knew where to find her. Inside, there is a hand-drawn map and a note saying it’s time for Cynthia to know what happened to her family and if she followed the map and the directions given there, she’d find her family. The map leads to an abandoned quarry a couple of hours’ drive of where they live. The odd thing about this letter – apart from the obvious fact that they have no idea where it came from or whether the person writing it really knows where her family is – is that it was written on Terry’s typewriter. Terry recognises it instantly but doesn’t know what to think. Their locks were changed after someone tried to break into their house a while ago, and Grace couldn’t have done it. That leaves his wife. He doesn’t want to go there but what else is there to think?
Meanwhile, the police are heading to the quarry to find the spot where Cynthia’s parents are supposed to be and finally recover her mother’s car, with two people inside it. Since the car has been sitting there in the water for more than two decades, analysing the bodies would take a while – all they know is that it’s a woman and a young man or boy, possibly a mother and her son. Whether they’re related to Cynthia is still unclear.
However, all these mysteries and accusations about the letter, the strange hat and everything else are breaking the family apart. Terry doesn’t know what to think or who to suspect anymore and Cynthia is, understandably, mad at Terry for suspecting her. After one of their fights one night Cynthia leaves the bedroom and announces that she’s going to sleep in their daughter’s room – but when Terry wakes up in the morning, they’re both gone…
Out of all three parts we’ve cover so far this was probably my favourite. I still don’t know what’s going on with Cynthia’s dad – and the author just keeps adding more pieces to the puzzle as we go along (what on earth is going on with that newspaper clipping?!) – but I’m really enjoying it.
What did you think of this week’s chapters? (If you’ve read the book before: no spoilers, please.)
If you’re reading along with us, make sure to leave a comment below so that we can discuss chapters 21-30 together – or tweet about it using the #NTFG hashtag, or post about it on your blog and leave a link here – I’ll make sure to visit you back. 🙂 See you next Wednesday when we’ll be talking about chapters 31-40!