Take No Farewell Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 25 July 1994
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- ISBN-10 : 0001047779
- ISBN-13 : 978-0001047778
- Dimensions : 10.6 x 1.7 x 13.9 cm
- Publisher : HarperCollins; Abridged edition (25 July 1994)
- Language: : English
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Consuela Caswell stood accused of murder, letters proving that she wanted to murder her husband providing damning evidence against her. And in 1923 that meant that Consuela would hang if she was found guilty. Her young daughter, Jacinta, was convinced of her innocence – and Consuela was certain that only one man could prove it: Geoffrey Staddon with whom she had had a passionate affair 12 years before. Even though Geoffrey had betrayed her trust then, Consuela was positive that he would find the real murderer for her sake and so she sent Jacinta to him, begging for his help.
A gripping, edge-of-the-seat thriller, beautifully interwoven with love and revenge in Robert Goddard's inimitable style.
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Perhaps with the exception of Maxted all stories so far have had no real, pure heroes but instead flawed main protagonists and some badly so. Each time Goddard identifies a main character early then unbolts the trap door and lets him fall. Not everyone has a soft landing. [OK Harry Barnett got lucky!]
Most of those that I have read so far are partially, if not totally, placed in time periods more than a century ago. So nothing is instantly available and movement is slow at even horse driven speed. That adds to the tension.
TAKE NO FAREWELL has many twists and turns as it unfolds through a narrative that is centred completely on the main protagonist but introducing letters and documents made available as a vehicle to explain events he has not witnessed. Adding to his despair and frustration while those events continue in his ignorance.
In short another excellent book
Goddard's grasp and use of English is a joy to behold; broad enough so that the odd word makes you think, but without ever showing off to the extent that the reader needs a dictionary to hand (no problem anyway if you're lucky enough to own a Kindle!). Take No Farewell is a fairly long book, but Goddard's flowing style and excellent story telling ensures that it never drags.
I rarely give a 5 star rating, and nearly knocked it down to 4 due to an issue with the main character, Geoffrey Staddon. As an architect who has designed and built a number of impressive buildings, I would expect him to be a clever chap. However, at times he proved gullible beyond belief. This was obviously required to make the plot work and I suppose Goddard would say it's part of his character, but it seemed a bit convenient. However, in the end I rated the book on my overall experience of it which was first rate.
This story is set in the twenties, with plenty of action with murders betrayal , divorces and lost love.
All good stuff, don't let the first few pages put you off, I have found this with RGs books before they tend to have a few pages of nonsense before the story proper kick starts.