No Time to Wave Goodbye

No Time to Wave Goodbye

Book - 2009
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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.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400067749
Branch Call Number: F MIT


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DBRL_KrisA Nov 25, 2017

This book is a sequel to Mitchard's The Deep End of the Ocean. I haven't read "Deep End", but I was able to follow things pretty well in this second book, so I don't think reading the first book is necessary in order to read the second.

"No Time" takes place some time after the events of "Deep End". Ben/Sam, the boy who was kidnapped in the first book, is all grown up, married, with an infant daughter. His brother, Vincent, with Ben's help, has produced a documentary about five families who have had children abducted. The film does amazingly well, and is nominated for an Academy Award. On the night of the Oscars, at the height of all the buzz of excitement and good feeling, something terrible happens to the family that puts them right back into the what they experienced when Ben was abducted.

While most of the "action" in the book relates to this new situation, the book is really about the relationships among the members of the Cappadora family. Although Ben was reunited with his family, he had lived with his kidnapper for much of his younger life. He feels awkward and out of place with this old/new family; he calls his parents by their first names, prefers to be called "Sam" (the name his kidnapper had given him); and he still refers to his kidnapper's husband as "Dad". The suspense of Oscar night, and the events that follow, bring him and his family back together again, as he realizes the love his parents and siblings have (and have always had) for him.

Mitchard's writing style is sometimes difficult to follow, with oddly placed commas and phrases, and sentences that sometimes seem out of place. This seems to be more of a problem in the first half of the book; when the real "action" starts, it's not nearly as noticeable, and it's much easier to follow what's going on. And the ending of the story is absolutely beautiful.

kelleypoole Mar 03, 2014

This book reminds me of a made for TV movie on the W Channel. Mindless, dramatic.

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