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Geoffrey Staddon had never forgotten the house called Clouds Frome, his first important commission and the best thing he had ever done as an architect. Twelve years before the day in September 1923 when a paragraph in the newspaper made his blood run cold, he had turned his back on it for the last time, turned his back on the woman he loved, and who loved him. But when heGeoffrey Staddon had never forgotten the house called Clouds Frome, his first important commission and the best thing he had ever done as an architect. Twelve years before the day in September 1923 when a paragraph in the newspaper made his blood run cold, he had turned his back on it for the last time, turned his back on the woman he loved, and who loved him. But when he read that Consuela Caswell had been charged with murder by poisoning he knew, with a certainty that defied the great divide of all those years, that she could not be guilty. As the remorse and shame of his own betrayal of her came flooding back, he knew too that he could not let matters rest. And when she sent her own daughter to him, pleading for help, he knew that he must return at last to Clouds Frome and to the dark secret that it held....

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Number of Pages : 576 Pages
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Take No Farewell Reviews

  • Lectrice Hérétique
    2019-01-05 19:50

    J’ai découvert Robert Goddard chez Sonatine en 2010 avec Par un matin d’automne. Depuis, je n’avais lu qu’un autre roman de lui, avant de le mettre tellement bien de côté que je n’y ai plus pensé. Honte à moi ! Me revoici donc avec son dernier roman traduit, toujours chez Sonatine, joie bonheur dans mon cœur ![Vous pouvez lire la suite sur mon blog, merci :)]

  •  Olivermagnus
    2019-01-10 23:41

    Take No Farewell, features a Geoffrey Staddon, a failing architect who betrayed his first love, Consuela Caswell, over twelve years ago. Since then his life and career have begun disintegrating. When he learns that Consuela has been arrested for murder, his overwhelming guilt and remorse eat away at him until he realizes that he must find out what really happened and save her from possibly being hanged. The book is quite long, over 500 pages, and the intrigue so skillfully played out that any sort of synopsis would be useless. Trust that there are plenty of twists, revelations, and secrets to keep every reader glued to the story. This book was also published as Debt of Dishonour, which I felt was a much more apt title. Robert Goddard is one of those authors whose skill leaves you staggering. He's one of the best practitioners of the English language, with his seamless writing, intricate plotting, and believable characters. His narrative of the Cote d'Azur in the Roaring Twenties is so evocative you will believe you are there with them all. Goddard specializes in intrigue, unlikely heroes and redemption. This isn't a fast paced novel, but if you want to experience a beautifully written story with lovely descriptive prose, you will find this a totally gripping read.

  • Joe Stamber
    2019-01-14 01:40

    Main character plodding along in life? Check. Events in the past coming back to haunt him? Check. Flashbacks to weave said events into narrative? Check. Everything not as it seems? Check. Scenes in italics when a journal is being read? Check. Exquisite use of language? Check. Yep, it's another Robert Goddard mystery/thriller/historical fiction novel.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.

  • Brenda H
    2018-12-31 02:53

    Take No Farewell by Robert Goddard is one of those books that causes strong feelings in the reader. The writing is masterful, the story intricate and the tone suspenseful. For me, this was a difficult read as I disliked most of main the characters from the start. For me, if I connect with the character, I can overlook many shortcomings in a story but, conversely, if I despise most of the characters, it often overshadows the best features of the book.Geoffrey Staddon is a London architect. He’s commissioned to build a country estate for Victor Caswell who left England decades earlier for South America and made his fortune prior to returning. Now, Victor wants Staddon to design and build him a home befitting his wealth and to showcase his beautiful wife, Consuela.During the design and construction of the home – Clouds Frome – Staddon works closely with Victor’s wife, eventually falling in love with her and beginning an affair. Consuela is unhappy in her marriage and the couple makes plans to run away together. However, Staddon ends up turning his back on Consuela and leaving her to her loveless marriage.Now, twelve years later, Staddon reads that Consuela is on trial for murder and attempted murder. Knowing that the woman he once loved and betrayed cannot be guilty of such a crime, he sets out to prove her innocence.Rating: 3.5

  • Sandi
    2018-12-30 00:49

    While this book had many of the characteristics of the author's previous books, which were all excellent, this just missed the mark. The plot was a bit too deliberate even for me and the main character grated a bit. The ending though was very good and this was a worthwhile read, better than most, just not quite up to the standards I expect from Goddard.

  • Carol
    2019-01-12 00:51

    Debt of Dishonor by Robert Goddard5★'s & ❤What's It About?Geoffrey Staddon had never forgotten the house called Clouds Frome, his first important commission and the best thing he had ever done as an architect. Twelve years before the day in September 1923 when a paragraph in the newspaper made his blood run cold, he had turned his back on it for the last time, turned his back on the woman he loved, and who loved him. But when he read that Consuela Caswell had been charged with murder by poisoning he knew, with a certainty that defied the great divide of all those years, that she could not be guilty. As the remorse and shame of his own betrayal of her came flooding back, he knew too that he could not let matters rest. And when she sent her own daughter to him, pleading for help, he knew that he must return at last to Clouds Frome and to the dark secret that it held.What Did I Think?This book was also published under the title [Take No Farewells] which of course adds to the confusion when searching for it. If you find it under either title you are holding in your hands a real treat. The book is so full of good characters, devious characters, and characters that you just don't know what to make of. It has a murder, it has a trial and it has one major surprise after another. The book, at least for me began rather slow but by the second chapter I didn't want to stop. I don't know too many authors that are in the class with Robert Goddard that can make the reader feel one emotion after another from anger and frustration to hope and joy. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a great mystery.

  • Anna Maria
    2019-01-21 21:50

    I can only say one word to describe this book: Excellent!! Honestly one of the most interesting books that I have recently read. Right from the beginning till the end I was captivated and I couldn't stop reading. The characters and places in which they were based were so realistic, I seemed to be part of the book and that I was visiting the places Geoffrey was, as they were described in every detail. It was a sense of reality to the story that made it so interesting for me. It took me less than a month to finish reading this book and i enjoyed every minute of it. During a pause when I was not reading, if I closed my eyes it was as if i were there. Well done Robert Goddard I really thank you for writing such an extraordinary well written book. This was my first book from the author and I'm sure it won't be the last. I absolutely recommend this book.

  • Matrou
    2019-01-16 00:44

    Le meilleur que j'ai lu de lui. Ce n'est pas spécialement bien écrit, ni "passionnant" mais l'intérêt de lecture est renouvelé chaque chapitre par une construction labyrinthique de différentes petites intrigues qui s'imbriquent parfaitement.Un plaisir coupable mais un gros plaisir quand même.

  • Jeremy
    2019-01-09 19:51

    How can any hero be so utterly incompetent? I was getting so angry with the seeming stupidity of this man - Geoffrey Staddon. A qualified Architect and so supposedly a clever man but how could he not see the mess he was creating and the path he was walking down? I could see it clearly and I was just reading the story? I guess if you stumble along long enough you will find the answer you want in the end and so it is with Mr Staddon. He was led all along by his selfish desire for fame in the architecture world but was also led by his trousers and the lovely Consuela and by not standing by his affair he destroyed everything. But the other characters in this tale had far worse secrets and had set in motion far worse plans that needed Consuela to die for their success. Our bumbling idiot is the one to undo their plans and so he has to be stopped.I was getting a tad bored with this tale as Geoffrey stumbled on yet another goose chase while Consuela sits waiting to be hung and becoming nauseated with the excess of the upper classes and their frequent trips to Cap Ferrat. But, when Goddard starts to pick up the pace of the story and starts to bring the tales together these books become compulsive and fascinating. One problem with this one though, the final plot twist which hits you hard and suddenly just cannot happen using the story telling mode Goddard employs.Unless I have assumed that the end is the way the last few lines lead me to believe. A long and often tiring story but absolutely first class.

  • Lizzie
    2019-01-17 20:46

    This is not the best Robert Goddard book I've read - it was quite disappointing in a way...I didn't warm to the central character and that is something I have done in all his other books. His main person is always male, often a bit shady or a bit casual in some regard, and what happens allows him some element of redemption. I didn't care for Geoffrey Staddon much at all, I despised the way he'd behaved and yet felt curiously let down by the end of the book. It seemed like a cop out to me...I gave it 3 stars because it was a complex, twisting story, places I've not visited were described so you might think in the end you'd been there yourself and his characters do come off the pages...I've just been spoilt by others of his books

  • Hazel McHaffie
    2019-01-05 21:47

    Another cracking read by Robert Goddard. Conveys the atmosphere of the period (pr- and post- WW11) really well, and combines a tender love story with lots of mystery and ruthlessness. I'm so impressed by his ability to keep suspense in a quiet and rather sedate style of writing through nearly 600 pages. And there are so many twists in the tale and such a precisely balanced build up of tension that it would be disastrous to flick through, scanning what comes later. I took it on holiday and was so engrossed that I was oblivious to the noise in airports or the long waits between flights. A master storyteller.

  • Karen
    2018-12-31 01:08

    Robert Goddard doesn't fail when it comes to a story with so many twists and turns, that you are positively upside down when it's all over.And with his writing, you're not really sure it's over until the very last word. And even then it's a surprise.I so love this author.

  • Roula Yasin
    2019-01-08 03:04

    À l’automne 1923, Geoffrey Staddon est un architecte londonien à la réputation établie. Il est marié depuis dix ans avec Angela, fille du propriétaire des hôtels Thornton pour lequel Geoffrey conçut un des établissements de Londres. Le couple a perdu un fils en bas âge, et leur vie conjugale manque de chaleur. Geoffrey apprend qu’un drame vient de secouer la famille Caswell, à Hereford. Autour de 1910, il fut choisi comme architecte de la maison de Victor et Consuela Caswell, dans cette région à près de deux cent cinquante kilomètres à l’ouest de Londres. Ayant fait fortune au Brésil, d’où il ramena sa ravissante épouse, marié depuis un an, Victor Caswell appartenait à un milieu d’industriels du cidre.Durant le temps de la construction, l’architecte eut souvent l’occasion de fréquenter la famille. Ainsi que le major Turnbull, grand ami de Victor. Le mariage combiné de Consuela avec Caswell ne pouvait apporter le bonheur à la jeune femme. Geoffrey et elle devinrent amants, envisageant de faire leur vie ensemble dès le chantier terminé. Tout était prêt, quand Geoffrey fut contacté pour un prestigieux projet sur Londres. Il renonça à l’idylle naissante avec Consuela, une rupture via une simple lettre explicative. Entre son propre mariage, la guerre 1914-1918 et le cabinet d’architecture, les années s’écoulèrent. Quand Geoffrey réalise que Consuela risque la pendaison pour meurtre, il décide d’agir.Consuela est accusée du meurtre par empoisonnement de sa nièce, et d’avoir voulu tuer ainsi également sa belle-sœur et Victor, son mari. À l’évidence, l’arsenic utilisé est un désherbant dont se sert le jardinier de leur propriété. En outre, des lettres anonymes ont pu inciter Consuela à supprimer son époux, supposément volage. L’opinion publique locale est défavorable à la femme de Victor, puisque d’origine étrangère. Quand Geoffrey part se renseigner à Hereford, l’avocat de l’accusée n’est pas du tout optimiste. Il rencontre le jardinier et le majordome des Caswell, ainsi qu’Ivor Doak, l’ex-fermier miséreux que Victor priva de ses terres à l’époque, pour installer sa maison d’architecte.Plus tard, ce n’est pas en Spencer Caswell, l’impertinent neveu de Victor, que Geoffrey pourra trouver un allié. Par contre, ses affinés se confirment avec Hermione, la sœur des frères Caswell. Célibataire et altruiste, elle refuse de croire dans la culpabilité de Consuela. Si Geoffrey a entrepris de sauver l’accusée, c’est également parce qu’il a reçu la visite de Jacinta Caswell, onze ans et demi, la fille de Consuela. Grâce à Hermione, il restera aussi discrètement que possible en contact avec l’enfant. Victor et Jacinta vont séjourner sur la Côte d’Azur, chez le major Turnbull : Geoffrey s’arrange pour les suivre jusque là, sous prétexte de vacances avec Angela. Victor Caswell ne lui cache pas son hostilité.Tandis qu’Angela semble séduite par le major, Geoffrey s’interroge sur Imogen Roebuck, la gouvernante de Jacinta. Elle apparaît très proche de Victor. Par la suite, Geoffrey croise un des frères de Consuela, mais ce Rodrigo n’accorde qu’un mépris violent à l’architecte. Sir Henry Curtis-Bennett, grand avocat londonien, n’a que quelques semaines pour préparer la défense de Consuela. Si une lettre posthume de Lizzie, défunte femme de chambre de l’accusée, coûte cher à Geoffrey, elle permet d’éclaircir certains faits. Lors d’une mise au point avec son beau-père, le père d’Angela, l’architecte découvre des détails inattendus sur son propre passé. Si Geoffrey risque bientôt d’être lui aussi accusé de meurtre, il continue la mission qu’il s’est fixée…

  • Louison Lit
    2018-12-26 01:40

    Mon avis sur ce roman est mitigé, il y a du bon c’est certain, cependant je ne suis pas certaine qu’il suffise à rattraper le moins bon. L’histoire en elle-même est très prenante et touchante. Cette jeune femme qui risque la pendaison a été le premier amour de Geoffrey et même si les années ont passées, on comprend vite que son attachement est toujours présent. Il va véritablement mettre tout en œuvre pour tenter de la sauver. Il y aura des secrets de famille, de terribles non-dits, de la culpabilité, des trahisons, des complots, de l’amour, des drames, du suspense et des rebondissements. On retrouve tous ces thèmes qui sont traités presque avec maniaquerie. Des ingrédients qui nous assurent en général de passer un bon moment de lecture alors pourquoi ça n’a pas fonctionné avec moi ? Certainement parce que c’est trop long, le récit aurait gagné à quelques coupes franches, sur 800 pages il y en a clairement 200 de trop. Il faut attendre le premier quart du livre pour qu’il commence à se passer quelque chose, l’histoire peine à ce mettre en place. La construction du livre est tellement dense que j’avais l’impression d’être dans un rouleau compresseur qui allait écraser tout sur son chemin mais prenait grandement son temps pour le faire. Les indices nous sont donnés comme au ralenti, c’est long comme un jour sans pain et on finit par s’ennuyer ferme malgré de très bons éléments de départ. Le pire étant le moment du procès où j’avais la sensation de ne pas avancer. Je ne vous parle pas des redites, généralement avec une fois j’ai compris mais ici c’est dit et redit. Pourtant l’étude des personnages est fouillée et l’analyse de leur ressenti et de leur sentiment frise la perfection. L’histoire est longue certes mais elle est bien menée et surtout très bien écrite et puis il y a le charme que peuvent avoir les romans historiques avec leur langage désuet et précieux, il faut reconnaître que la traduction nous apporte ce rendu. Voici donc mon avis en demi-teinte, je ne regrette pas d’avoir découvert l’écriture de R. Goddard, je pense juste que ce livre n’est pas son meilleur.

  • Sandrine Novembre
    2019-01-02 21:50

    1923 : Geoffrey Staddon  architecte, dont la cote est en chute libre suite à la dévastation par un incendie d'un hôtel dont il avait dessiné les plans, découvre dans le journal que son ancienne maîtresse, Consuela Caswell brésilienne et épouse du riche Victor Caswell, est accusée du meurtre par empoisonnement de la nièce de celui-ci.Via des flashs-black, Geoffrey raconte la  rencontre et l'histoire d'amour interdite qu'il a vécu avec Consuela en 1911, lors de la construction de Clouds Frome, la demeure qu'il a imaginée pour son mari.Je ne vais pas m’attarder plus sur ce livre tellement il me fut difficile d'en finir la lecture. Un livre plat, ennuyeux, la fin arrive tout juste à nous faire oublier légèrement la platitude du reste de l'histoire. En bref, un livre pas fait du tout pour moi.Éditeur : LE LIVRE DE POCHE (03/01/2018)Nombre de pages : 795

  • Andrew
    2018-12-26 00:55

    Another great masterpiece from Robert Goddard, he is truly the master of telling a great yarn with twists and Suspense evident throughout. This one is set in the years either side of the First World War, and revolves around a murder and the events that led up to it and followed it. Within this we have a trial, great characterisation, plotting and storyline. Robert Goddard does write the most evocative and colourful sentences. I do recommend this. ❤️

  • Valdis Mitenbergs
    2019-01-19 02:43

    Šo grāmatu atradu grāmatplauktā un aiz neko darīt izlasīju. Tā kā tiku līdz grāmatas beigām, tad varu ielkt vismaz dažas zvaigznītes. Kopumā nekas īpašs, taču beigu sižeta pavērsiens tomēr nedaudz pārsteidza...

  • Valeriane
    2019-01-18 00:59

    3.5 rocksBeaucoup d'éléments au démarrage, mais plutôt utiles pour planter le décor et le cadre.Un intrigue bien ficelée, même si parfois j'y ai trouvé beaucoup de rebondissements.Un peu "bavard" à certains moments, mais ça ne m'a pas empêché de le dévorer.Une chouette découverte.

  • Béatrice
    2018-12-30 02:50

    Même si l'histoire est riche, et pleine de rebondissements, le personnage central m'insupporte avec sa lenteur d'esprit et de décision ! J'ai quand même envie de lire d'autres romans de cet auteur, dont je connaissais juste "Heather Mallender a disparu".

  • Denis Dennehy
    2019-01-03 19:45

    The story hooked me very early in the book. Will read another if his books.

  • Mavis Hewitt
    2019-01-01 22:02

    Slow to get started but once it did I couldn't put it down, needed to know how it came out, but the actual ending was a shock.

  • Bryan Higgs
    2019-01-16 20:43

    I am reading Robert Goddard's books in chronological order, and this was the next one in sequence.Note to potential readers: This book was also published under the title of "Debt of Dishonour" (Don't you find it annoying that publishers tend to randomly change titles on you, often between the UK and the USA?)As has been remarked in others' reviews, the protagonist in most of Goddard's books (at least the ones I've read so far) is typically male, usually weak, with profound failings. He has done something terrible in the past, and has suffered as a result. Faced with a situation, he is forced to try to solve a problem -- in this case, how to prevent his former lover from being hanged as a murderess -- and goes about that in a less than decisive way. In this book, the protagonist basically flails about trying to solve the problem, and tends to lose his temper much too easily. Clues are introduced periodically, and the protagonist comes up with new theories as a result, but usually those theories are discarded, replaced with a new theory resulting from a new clue.As a result, Goddard is very good at spinning out the yarn, and teasing you with trying to figure out who did what and why. He is the master of the plot twist (his Web site is called http://www.clevertwist.co.uk), and there is usually a special twist at the very end of the book, often after the basic problem has been solved. This book is no exception.This book seemed to be slower-paced than the others I've read, and it took me longer to get hooked -- but hooked I eventually was. Despite the slow pacing, I had to keep reading in order to find out how the problem is resolved. The protagonist in this book was not a very sympathetic character (usually they're not), nor did he seem to improve during his efforts. In fact, he seemed to be very easily duped, and not to be learning much in the process.I found this book to be not as good as the previous Goddard's I've read, but it still hooked me (although it took longer to hook me than in his previous books)

  • Nd
    2019-01-12 21:45

    When I pick up a book of this size, I expect it to take a while to finish. However, this is the second of Robert Goddard's sizable books that has encouraged me to set aside projects I should have been working on until I reached its conclusion. (The third of his that I read was excellent, just shorter.) The first few pages of Debt of Dishonour seemed that it might become a slow-going read, but that was not the case. The most impressive aspect of Goddard's narration is that what might be description and setting by many authors are intrinsic brush strokes that combine to paint his full story. It begins somewhere in the middle of Geoffrey Staddon's life as an architect in 1920s London, complete with pomp that he is never quite comfortable with. It then flashes backward twelve years to his first and most impressive architectural creation. Clouds Frome is a trophy estate fashioned for the imperious Victor Caswell and Consuela, the beautiful wife he spirited away from her Brazilian family through trickery to become another of his trophies. Through most of the story, the gifted Staddon is weak of character, and blots difficulties and fears from his mind as he takes the easiest path rather than a more difficult honorable one. When Consuela is charged with accidentally poisoning Victor's sister in an attempt kill him, the sometimes bumbling Staddon steps up to try to prove her innocence. I was distracted a few times when Goddard used "me" and "I" incorrectly in sentences, but this is a captivating and tightly-woven tale that I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend.

  • Eadie
    2019-01-12 23:01

    Book DescriptionGeoffrey Staddon had never forgotten the house called Clouds Frome, his first important commission and the best thing he had ever done as an architect. Twelve years before the day in September 1923 when a paragraph in the newspaper made his blood run cold, he had turned his back on it for the last time, turned his back on the woman he loved, and who loved him. But when he read that Consuela Caswell had been charged with murder by poisoning he knew, with a certainty that defied the great divide of all those years, that she could not be guilty. As the remorse and shame of his own betrayal of her came flooding back, he knew too that he could not let matters rest. And when she sent her own daughter to him, pleading for help, he knew that he must return at last to Clouds Frome and to the dark secret that it held.My Review:I love Robert Goddard's books and this one did not disappoint. It kept me guessing until the last page. His characters are so unique and very believable. Lots of twists and turns kept the pages turning until the very surprise ending. The plot was very calculating and the murderer obscure. All Goddard's books are very well-written and fascinating and sure to hold your interest. I look forward to reading another of his books and I highly recommend this book to those who love historical murder mysteries with intrigue.

  • Elizabeth Elwood
    2018-12-31 01:03

    Reading a Robert Goddard mystery is like walking through a maze. I have never read any author who crams so many twists and turns into a novel, and in spite of the fact that I know this is his style, he always manages to surprise me. I found Take No Farewell a fascinating and engaging read, although I felt like shaking the protagonist at times, for he was as indecisive as Hamlet—and as ineffectual most of the time, generally making the wrong decision at every turn. In spite of the intricate plot and the number of characters, I was always crystal clear about what was happening because the writing is so smooth, the suspense is sustained, and the characters are interesting and clearly defined. The ending was startling, with the protagonist finally being spurred to action, although it was also somewhat ambiguous, given that the book is written in the first person. Definitely an intriguing and absorbing read.

  • LaurenLo
    2019-01-18 22:08

    I really enjoyed reading Goddard's "Beyond Recall" and "Into the Blue". Encouraged by experience combined with good reviews and promising abstract I decided to go for "Take No Farewell". Without going into details (no spoilers!): the protagonist is a person with shallow personality, absolutely no self-esteem and his docility is just pathetic. He has basically no influence on the plot - he's more of a tool in hands of others rather than an independently thinking human being. Unfortunately, the main plot doesn't help - the very long story is ridiculous (and it's not meant to be fantasy) and at the same time boring. Remaining characters are very peculiar and their development surprisingly predictable. Perfect script of Venezuelan telenovela. Lack of happy end brings some relief, however, to my taste Goddard took it to another (disappointing) extreme.I do not recommend it.

  • Dave Fellows
    2019-01-03 19:02

    3/5 stars - and that's being generous after the atrociously miserable ending. This is the earliest of Goddard's books that disappointed me. His writing style has yet to devolve into the short. Sharp. Sentences and what he seems to consider snappy dialogue, but his still respectable prose is all hiding the fact that this story plods along with barely a trademark twist to speak of. We have a - let's face it - perfectly believable but thoroughly useless narrator who can do nothing right until the end. The very end. The very, very end!So far removed from the glory that was 'Past Caring', it's difficult to believe they're both authored by the same man. Pity. Do yourself a favour and avoid this one in favour of a different Goddard book.

  • Selaine Henriksen
    2018-12-26 21:45

    Oh, my. This is the first of his books I haven't liked. I love the writing, still, but hated the protagonist. Goddard made the guy so unsympathetic that even at his redemption, I couldn't care. Everything the protagonist does he fails at, and his original betrayal is so bad, and the reason for it so bad, I couldn't care for him. I kept thinking the story would have been better told from the point of view of his best friend. It was kind of a mess.And, it still wasn't the book I was looking for. The one I'm looking for has a round building in it, with some association because of it's shape, with the supernatural. I thought this one was it because the protagonist is an architect, but no. If anyone knows the name of the one I'm looking for, please send me the name.

  • Biogeek
    2019-01-12 00:46

    A Goddard novel is always a great way to start a vacation, that is if you are done with everything Agatha Christie ever wrote. This is another typical example of a Goddard-paced plot, with all the expected twists, the wronged femme fatale and of course the hot-headed protagonist who manages to prolong the action by losing his temper just when someone is about the reveal to him what he needs to know, leaving him to muse "if only I had known then, what I know now." The end is disappointingly slow and drawn out.

  • Ellie Stevenson
    2019-01-02 01:59

    Take No Farewell is another of Goddard's classic mysteries. Geoffrey Staddon is a little more successful than most of the author's usual heroes, but he still succeeds in getting it wrong. Years later, he's faced with the consequences, when the woman he loved is about to hang. For a murder he thinks she didn't commit. Is he right, and can he save her, and as a result redeem himself? Naturally, there are plenty of people who want to stop him. It's an excellent page turner, an historical thriller with a last minute twist.