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.
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...
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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.
Publication date: 25/09/2014
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||25th September 2014|
|Publisher:||Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Thriller / Suspense,|
Linwood Barclay was our Guest Editor in October 2013 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing. Linwood Barclay is married with two children and lives near Toronto. He is the author of four acclaimed Zack Walker mysteries, a former columnist for the Toronto Star, and is the author of the Richard & Judy 2008 Summer Read winner and number one besteller, No Time For Goodbye. In the video below Linwood Barclay answer questions from Lovereading members. Author photo © Bill TaylorMore About Linwood Barclay