Book Review: No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay

No Time For Goodbye was recommended to our parent book group by one of the librarians. I wanted a non-gruesome page turner and Linwood Barclay delivered.

Out of nine mums, one hated it complaining it was too sad, two loved it and the rest of us were left confused.

We all agreed it was a fantastic plot that has the potential to be a blockbuster hit – should it ever be made. The problem lay in the writing style.

The story revolves around the disappearance of a 14 year old girl’s family. It very quickly jumps to 25 years later and a final attempt to solve the mystery.

It is written from the perspective of the husband of the now married girl.  As strange things happen he wonders whether she is responsible and starts to doubt his wife’s innocence.

We debated for some time the cause of our disappointment. We agreed the writing lacked something. It isn’t badly written. In fact the very last page was brilliant. And this might be the key. Apart from the very last page, it isn’t a very emotional read. For a group of mums reading a book about a child’s family going missing we expected more emotion.

That said, we ended up with an average score of 3 to 3.5 out of five. But the majority of us couldn’t hand on heart recommend it to friends as a ‘you must read this book’. Worse still, we wouldn’t jump at the chance to read his other books.

Have you read No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay? Have you read any of his other books?

I borrowed this book from my local library.


Sister by Rosamund Lupton

Book CoverSister by Rosamund Lupton is a tear inducing page turning who dunnit. I have recommended it to friends and I will at the very least read the sample of her next book Afterwards which is due out in June 2011.

However, whilst I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I can imagine that some people might find the it too emotional. It is intense but isn’t scary or graphically violent.

Without giving away too much of the story, it covers the following topics: murder, sisterly love, loss, babies, cystic fibrosis, prejudice and genetic engineering.

I read the Kindle version which is £1 more than the paperback version (boo hiss). Included are book group suggested questions, and I can see why, this would make a great book group book.

It isn’t a book I would re-read simply because the fun was in the mystery of not knowing. All the way through the book I found myself trying to figure out the bad guy and finding it harder and harder to stop reading. I just needed to know.

But it is perhaps the ending that I loved the most and why I give this book four out of five stars.

I bought this book myself after downloading the free Kindle sample.

Libraries Are A Mummy’s Best Friend

FREE is lovely word. BOOKS, FRIENDS and KIDS are big favourites too.

What a wonderful world we live in when we can combine all four words.

Yes there is such a place, it’s called a library.

I am one of those annoying people who is constantly coming up with ideas and making suggestions.

Fortunately my local library have embraced my ideas. Read my guest blog post for WAHM-BAM for Book Week about setting up reading groups for parents and kids.

But libraries aren’t just about books, they are also a great night out. So my latest project is helping the library to find great authors for their author nights. If any lovely authors happen to be reading this and would be interested in visiting a central Berkshire library, please let me know.

Are you making the most of your library?