The house was deathly quiet. That was the first sign that something was terribly wrong. Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge woke that morning to find herself alone. Her family - mother, father, and brother - had vanished without a word, without a note, without a trace. Twenty-five years later, Cynthia is still looking for answers. Now she is about to learn the devastating truth.
Cynthia and Terry Archer still live in Milford, Connecticut, not far from the old Bigge house on Hickory Street. With a solid marriage and a young daughter, the Archers seem on track for a successful future. But the questions raised by Cynthia's past still haunt her, and her obsession with finding the answers threatens to destroy everything they've worked for. For Cynthia, there can be no closure until she finds out why her family disappeared - and how they could have left her behind.
Terry thinks the segment on the popular TV crime-stopper program Deadline is a mistake. But his wife hopes that someone watching will have a lead to her missing family. Sure enough, it's Cynthia who spots the strange car cruising the neighborhood, hears the untraceable phone calls, and discovers the ominous "gifts." And as Cynthia's nerves begin to unravel, no one's innocence is guaranteed, not even her own.
By the time the first body is found, it's clear that her past is more of a mystery than she ever imagined - or may ever survive. Someone has returned to this Connecticut town to finish what was started 25 years ago. And by the time Terry and Cynthia discover the killer's shocking identity, it will be too late even for goodbye.
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"Left Behind"-type of start - freaky, suspenseful and quite interesting
I first saw this book in a bookstore and forgot the title & author but remembered the plot. So I was very happy to finally find it here on iTunes. It starts kinda freaky - as in "Left Behind"-type but quickly moves 25 years later. Its pretty suspenseful and I almost had it figured out about 1/2 way through. I usually figure them out about 1/4 of the way in but it did a decent job. I listened to this one usually late at night so it added a bit of suspense to the book. I kept getting interrupted with life and I found myself itching to get back to the book. Overall, it was pretty good and I would definitely consider buying another Linwood Barclay book. Only in one spot did I find the main character to be rather annoying but that was towards the end and ended quickly.
All in all, it held my interest and for the price (was a few bucks cheaper than the hardcover version I originally saw in the store) I enjoyed listening to it.
No Time to Say Goodbye
So disappointed that it did not download. I was looking forward to this book & others by this author.
This book did a great job at keeping my attention (something I often struggle with). It's the kind of novel that will make you say, "oh no way!" outloud at each turn. Tons of twists with a great collaborative ending. I highly recommend it.