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Fiction Suspense

No Safe House

by (author) Linwood Barclay

Doubleday Canada
Initial publish date
Aug 2014
Suspense, Psychological, Traditional British
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2014
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2015
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#1 international bestselling author Linwood Barclay delivers a sequel to No Time for Goodbye--an electrifying novel of suspense in which a family's troubled past is about to return in more ways than one. And this time, they may not be able to escape. . .
     Seven years ago, Terry Archer and his family experienced a horrific ordeal that nearly cost them their lives. Today, the echoes of that night are still haunting them. Terry's wife, Cynthia, is living separate from her husband and daughter after her own personal demons threatened to permanently ruin her relationship with them. Their daughter, Grace, is rebelling against her parents' needless overprotection. Terry is just trying to keep his family together. And the entire town is reeling from the senseless murder of a local retired couple.
    But when Grace 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 idyllic hometown. There, they will be reconnected with the man who saved their lives seven years ago, but who remains a ruthless, unrepentant criminal. The Archers will learn that there are some things people value much more than money, and some people who 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. All he knows is that survival might mean doing the unthinkable. . .

About the author

Linwood Barclay is a former columnist for the Toronto Star. He is the #1 internationally bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels, including The Accident, Never Look Away, Fear the Worst, Too Close to Home, and No Time for Goodbye. Multiple titles have been optioned for film.

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Editorial Reviews

#1 National Bestseller

No Safe House is Barclay’s most ambitious work to date, full of plot twists and turns, grim humor, rough nobility and dark redemption. . . . Wondrously done.”
Book Reporter
“This is a welcome return to the Archer family. A compulsively readable thriller. . . . Another hit for Barclay.”
Library Journal
“Barclay 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 about characters safely consigned to the moral outer darkness.”
Financial Times (UK)

“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 (UK)

“Few authors can match Barclay's ability to conjure constantly surprising thrillers and set them against a backdrop of normal suburban life where everyday events and objects are imbued with a sense of menace. . . . Gripping and very suspenseful, this one will keep you frantically reading until the final unexpected twist.”
Sydney Morning Herald  
“Linwood Barclay has become the master of the page-turner thriller. . . . Top-class stuff.”
The Irish Independent
“Lost loved ones, a recurring theme . . . again features prominently here. And there’s more than one unsafe house involved in this story of suburbia. . . . Although suspenseful from cover to cover, the ending is especially taut and features plenty of surprises.”
The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax)

“[Barclay’s] characters are . . . well-developed and his structure is just right. . . . Leaping from one person’s point of view to another’s, and one circumstance and setting to another, he leaves a trail of chapter-ending cliff-hangers all the way to the end.”
The London Free Press

“A nice twist. . . . No Safe House goes into the shadowy world that lies beneath the idyllic surface of the suburban dream.”
 —NOW (Toronto)

“The twisty, craftily-plotted action accelerates along with the body count, providing plenty of suspense and a surprising number of laughs—for readers willing to tolerate very bad things befalling some pretty good people.”
Publishers Weekly

“One character speaks of things ‘spinning out of control in a hundred directions.’ That’s not quite accurate. One guy, Barclay himself, remains in control all the way.”
The Toronto Star 

“One of his best.” —The Globe and Mail

“Because it’s Barclay the reader can reasonably expect a propulsive read with high stakes and a humdinger of a late-game twist, all of which No Safe House delivers.”
The National Post

Praise for Linwood Barclay:

"Note-perfect . . . Barclay's many fans will need no encouragement to seek this book out. But if you haven't discovered him yet, it's time you did."
--The Globe and Mail (on A Tap on the Window)

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