No Safe House
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October 2014 Book of the Month.
A sequel to No Time for Goodbye but you can enjoy this without knowledge of that. It concerns the Archer family, Terry, Cynthia and daughter Grace. Seven years ago (first book) they suffered an ordeal which is still affecting their lives. Grace has an unsuitable boyfriend, possibly tied up with a gang of criminals. With plenty of murder (little gore) and short, sharp chapters across the characters as the action jumps about, this is quick, easy reading, highly compulsive. The suspense is cleverly portrayed and the reader manipulated through the story by a very accomplished writer. Excellent stuff.
The Good Book Guide Review. In Barclay’s novel No Time for Goodbye, Cynthia Archer loses her family, and 25 years pass before she finds out what happened to them. No Safe House puts Cynthia through the wringer once again (Barclay is not notably kind to his characters). Her daughter Grace is now the same age as Cynthia was when her family vanished; what’s more, Grace is a headstrong girl who disregards her mother. She has become involved with the thuggish Vince Fleming (who – counter-intuitively – had helped Cynthia during her ordeal), but his one altruistic gesture is cancelled out by the presence of some extremely dangerous associates.
Barclay, ever master of the didn’t-see-that-coming twist, takes that discipline to cosmic levels here. But his protagonists have complexity and depth, and he is even prepared to tackle what is something of a rarity in the crime genre – forcing the reader to change his or her mind about characters we had safely consigned to the moral outer darkness.
~ Barry Forshaw
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. Click Here to read the full reviews.
- Pam Kennedy - 'This book is excellent, a very good sequel it was well worth waiting for.'
- Sophia Ufton - 'Amazing book! Please read!'
- Phylippa Smithson - 'It's fast paced but in attempting to take itself seriously, the endurance of continuing to read the words became at times near impossible for me.'
- Hilary Nuth - 'No Safe House is another action packed read from Linwood Barclay...I think that No Safe House more than matches its predecessor NoTime for Goodbye.'
- Sarah Harper - 'Fast paced and hard to put down with an unexpected twist. Brilliant!'
- Jan Kirkcaldy - 'It takes you on a roller coaster ride of the unexpected where everything changes at each turn of the page. Exciting, often violent and unpredictable it is definitely well worth reading.'
- Edel Waugh - 'When I started this book I only intended reading a few chapters... Many hours later I finished it. Yes it is that good!'
- Gavin Dimmock - 'what a cracking read this one is; a fantastic tale which I devoured within a few days spent on sun kissed beaches.'
No Safe House by Linwood Barclay
Seven years ago, Terry Archer and his family experienced a horrific ordeal that nearly cost them their lives. Today, the echoes of that fateful night are still audible.
Terry's wife, Cynthia, is living separate from her husband and daughter after her own personal demons threatened to ruin her relationship with them permanently. Their daughter, Grace, is rebelling against her parents' seemingly needless overprotection. Terry is just trying to keep his family together. And the entire town is reeling from the senseless murder of two elderly locals. But when Grace foolishly follows her delinquent boyfriend into a strange house, the Archers must do more than stay together. They must stay alive. Because now they have all been unwillingly drawn into the shadowy depths of their seemingly idyllic hometown. For there, they will be reconnected with the man who saved their lives seven years ago, but who still remains a ruthless, unrepentant criminal. They will encounter killers for hire working all sides. And they will learn that there are some things people value much more than money, and will do anything to get it. Caught in a labyrinth between family loyalty and ultimate betrayal, Terry must find a way to extricate his family from a lethal situation he still doesn't fully comprehend. All he knows is that to live, he may have to do the unthinkable...
ReviewsBarclay takes the didn't-see-it-coming twist (of which he is master) to cosmic levels here and has the reader open-mouthed at his ingenuity throughout. His protagonists have depth and complexity and he is even prepared to tackle what is something of a rarity in the crime genre - forcing his readers to change their minds characters safely consigned to the moral outer darkness FINANCIAL TIMES The follow-up to the smash hit No Time For Goodbye revisits the Archer family, who are unwittingly drawn into a web of violent crime. Brilliantly plotted, with witty dialogue that crackles in the best hard-boiled tradition, you'll race through this fast-paced and brilliantly twisty thriller SUNDAY MIRROR The surviving characters from No Time For Goodbye, Linwood Barclays besteller, are back and the past seven years haven't been kind to them. The Archer family are fractured and, in No Safe House, tihngs just get worse. Late one night, daughter Grace is coerced by her boyfriend to steal a Porsche for a joyride, but in darkened house someone gets shot ... Now read on. I did and couldn't stop. Barclay never misses! BUZZ MAGAZINE
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Publication date25th September 2014
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PublisherOrion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
CategoriesCrime & mystery
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