Thursday, October 6, 2011

No Time to Wave Goodbye by Jacqueline Mitchard

Audio CD, 7 disks (9 hours)
Published September 15th 2009 by Random House Audio Publishing Group (first published August 19th 2009) 
ISBN:  0307701786 (ISBN13: 9780307701787)
original title:  No Time to Wave Goodbye
4 stars overall / 4 stars audio narration
Goodreads Synopsis:
New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard captured the heart of a nation with The Deep End of the Ocean, her celebrated debut novel about mother Beth Cappadora, a child kidnapped, a family in crisis. Now, in No Time to Wave Goodbye, the unforgettable Cappadoras are in peril once again, forced to confront an unimaginable evil.
It has been twenty-two years since Beth Cappadora’s three-year-old son Ben was abducted. By some miracle, he returned nine years later, and the family began to pick up the pieces of their lives. But their peace has always been fragile: Ben returned from the deep end as another child and has never felt entirely at ease with the family he was born into. Now the Cappadora children are grown: Ben is married with a baby girl, Kerry is studying to be an opera singer, and Vincent has emerged from his troubled adolescence as a fledgling filmmaker.

The subject of Vincent’s new documentary, “No Time to Wave Goodbye,” shakes Vincent’s unsuspecting family to the core; it focuses on five families caught in the tortuous web of never knowing the fate of their abducted children. Though Beth tries to stave off the torrent of buried emotions, she is left wondering if she and her family are fated to relive the past forever.

The film earns tremendous acclaim, but just as the Cappadoras are about to celebrate the culmination of Vincent’s artistic success, what Beth fears the most occurs, and the Cappadoras are cast back into the past, revisiting the worst moment of their lives–with only hours to find the truth that can save a life. High in a rugged California mountain range, their rescue becomes a desperate struggle for survival.

No Time to Wave Goodbye
is Jacquelyn Mitchard at her best, a spellbinding novel about family loyalty, and love pushed to the limits of endurance.

My Thoughts:
** spoiler alert **
Though I have never read The Deep End of the Ocean, I am familiar with the story, and even watched the movie based on the book some years ago. As such, I felt like I was (somewhat) picking up where I left off, which of course is what Mitchard had in mind.

I really enjoyed this book, especially as I thought it was an interesting perspective on what is such a heartwrenching and devastating tragedy for so many families. Contrary to some reviews I read, I thought the story was very well crafted, and though some of the details were farfetched (cottage in the wooods in the middle of winter, inexperienced hikers climbing snow covered mountain in the dark, etc.), I did think the premise was eerily plausible. It is not out of the realm of possibility that someone could be so unhinged that they would try to exact revenge for their own family's heartache, even if they were the perpetrator of their family's loss. Not common, certainly, but not impossible. Strange things happen all the time.

I was gratified that Mitchard wrapped the story with the ending that we needed, because to do otherwise would have been too awful to imagine. As such, the two books together make a powerful story of loss and pain and ultimately, justice and reconciliation.

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