Good morning everyone and welcome to our next No Time for Goodbye Readalong discussion! If you missed the previous three recaps, make sure to read them (you’ll find them here) before continuing with the story or reading this post, as we’re nearing the end of the book and 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 31-40 revealed a lot of information we’ve been missing and I think it’s safe to say we got to a point in the story where we have a pretty good idea what might have happened 25 years ago and what’s going on with Cynthia’s father and his double identity. All we missing is the reason for all this, an explanation.
After waking up to an empty house and realising his wife and daughter are gone, Terry decides to visit Cynthia’s ex-boyfriend Vince, whom she used to date back in high school before her family disappeared. As it turns out, Vince had nothing to with it – or Cynthia and Grace’s disappearance, for that matter – but he did see something that he hadn’t told anyone back then. On the night her family vanished, Vince was parked in front of her house, waiting for her to come outside – but she never did. Her mother and brother did, however. Shortly after they got home with a drunk Cynthia, Cynthia’s mum and brother left in a hurry. They both got in her mum’s car and drove away. A couple of minutes later her dad stormed out and drove off after them. Vince had no idea what was happening but what made things even more fishy was another, unknown car, which has been parked outside the house ever since Vince got there. When Cynthia’s dad got in the car to follow his wife and son, the unknown car went after them. Vince couldn’t see the driver but it was probably the same dark car Terry saw lurking around Grace’s school.
Vince becomes a key character in this part of the book and even though he’s supposed to be a bad guy, I really liked him. Anyway, Vince promises to help Terry find out what happened to Cynthia and the first thing the two of them discover is the mystery of J. Sloan, the guy Cynthia bumped into at the mall at the beginning of the story – the guy who she thought was her brother. As it turns out, Jeremy is her step brother. Vincent and Terry find out where Jeremy lives and the house is listed under the name of Clayton Sloan. They put two and two together and realise that Clayton Sloan is the same guy as Cynthia’s dad and Jeremy is his son. An unannounced visit to Jeremy’s house reveals that Clayton is in hospital (according to Jeremy’s mother he has cancer and probably has a few weeks left to live) and Terry hurries off to talk to him before it’s too late.
Even though we’re almost at the end of the story, there are still a few details I can’t remember – Terry’s hospital visit being one of them – so I’m really looking forward to reading the last 10 chapters. It’s my second time reading this book but these last 20-25 chapters still manage to keep me on the edge of my seat.
What did you think of this week’s chapters? How do you think Clayton is going to react to Terry’s visit? (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 31-40 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 for the last discussion and a special giveaway of the sequel, No Safe House!