Wednesday, October 17, 2007
A Thriller With Heart
I usually prefer mysteries to thrillers (no end-of-the world scenarios and villains with more lives than the Terminator) but Canadian author Linwood Barclay's No Time for Goodbye adds a great deal of unexpected humanity to his latest. Cynthia Bigge's parents and brother vanished without a trace the day after she had a tempestuous teenage argument with her father. Twenty-five years later, raising a daughter with her husband in Milford, CT but still haunted by her family's disappearance, Cynthia goes on TV to talk about what happened and plead for clues. A mysterious phone call leads her to believe that her father, at least, may still be alive, but as her excitement grows, so do her worries. It soon appears that her family held secrets she never suspected.
If Barclay is still an unknown quantity, here are his earlier -- more conventional -- outdoor thrillers.