Never Wave Goodbye: A Novel of Suspense

Never Wave Goodbye: A Novel of Suspense

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by Doug Magee
     
 

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An innocent rite of passage turns into a nightmare for four couples, exposing their secrets and risking the lives of their children. 

After passing the bittersweet parental milestone of putting her daughter, Sarah on the bus to sleep-away camp for the first time, Lena Trainor plans to spend the next two weeks fixing all the problems in her

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An innocent rite of passage turns into a nightmare for four couples, exposing their secrets and risking the lives of their children. 

After passing the bittersweet parental milestone of putting her daughter, Sarah on the bus to sleep-away camp for the first time, Lena Trainor plans to spend the next two weeks fixing all the problems in her marriage. But when a second bus arrives to pick up Sarah for camp, no one seems to know anything about the first bus or its driver. 

Sarah and three other children have been kidnapped, and within hours of the crime the parents receive an email demanding $1,000,000. When the specifics of the delivery terms throw suspicion on the parents of two of the abducted children, some of the parents begin to turn on each other, exposing fault lines in already strained marriages and forging new alliances. While the kidnapped children are living their parents' worst nightmare, the police are trying to sort the lies from the truth in conflicting stories and alibis that seem to be constantly changing. 

Deftly weaving the emotional story that pits the parents of the missing campers against the police—and each other—with the fate of the kidnapped children hanging in the balance, Never Wave Goodbye will keep readers holding their breath until the last page.

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"Never Wave Goodbye blasts right out of the chute with a terrifying premise and doesn't ease up.... It's a wrenching...novel that grips the reader personally and emotionally." —C. J. Box, Edgar Award–winning author of Nowhere to Run

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ISBN-13:
9781439160091
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
92,268
File size:
2 MB

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From the Publisher
"Never Wave Goodbye blasts right out of the chute with a terrifying premise and doesn't ease up.... It's a wrenching...novel that grips the reader personally and emotionally." —-C. J. Box, Edgar Award–winning author of Nowhere to Run

Meet the Author


Doug Magee has been a photojournalist, screenplay writer, children’s book author, death penalty activist, film producer and director, war protestor, college football player, amateur musician, and the basis of the Aidan Quinn character in Meryl Streep’s “Music of the Heart.” This is his first novel. He lives in Spanish Harlem with his wife and two teenaged children.

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Never Wave Goodbye 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for summer reading!!! It takes place at the beginning of summer, as four families are preparing to send their kids off to sleep-away camp, and four kids are preparing for their first sleep-away adventure. Never could any of them imagine, however, the terrifying events which will follow! You'll find yourself going through a whole range of emotions as you read this wonderful first novel. You'll be terrified for the kids, and then you'll cheer them on as they solve one problem after another. You'll empathize with the agony of the parents as you try to figure out just exactly who is responsible for what. The one thing you won't be able to do is to put it down until you've finished it! A perfect summer read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really a must read for anyone who likes a thoughtful mystery. I would have giving it 5 star read but. The part about the kids getting home was sort of left out. But there again I am a dreamer.
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KenCady More than 1 year ago
Never Wave Goodbye is an excellent read although somewhat predictable. The pleasure is in the characters and their emotions- well drawn by the author. I kept to every page, resisting the urge to skip to the end to see whodunit. It may make some parents skittish to read of the trauma other parents go through, but I recommend making the effort. Just one question for the author-Why did the Walker father say that he should have thought of that before?
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Feeling sad but proud that her nine years old daughter Sarah is going to spend two weeks at sleep away camp with her best friend Linda, the distraught mom pays little attention to the vehicle or driver picking up her child. Lena waves goodbye to Sarah and goes inside their home pondering how to get her marriage to David back on track. Soon a second van arrives to pick up Sarah. By the time the confusion is cleared up, Sarah, Linda and two boys Tommy and Franklin are the victims of a kidnapping. The FBI leads the investigation, but has little to go on. The kidnappers demand one million. In the woods, one abductor Mr. Everett is with the four frightened kids until he has an accident after a chance encounter with a hiker. The kids are alone struggling to survive. Sarah becomes the de facto leaders of the quartet Never Wave Goodbye is a high octane suspense wrapped around several related (by the abductions) family dramas. Doug Magee gets inside the hearts and souls of the children and their parents; each sharing in common a fear they will not see one another ever again. Although the clues are obvious so that law enforcement seems inane and to a degree the parents (one can claim trepidation and grief for the latter), readers will relish this gut-wrenching human drama. Harriet Klausner