Never Wave Goodbye

A Novel of Suspense

Never Wave Goodbye

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.
  • Touchstone | 
  • 304 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439154014 | 
  • May 2011
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Never Wave Goodbye includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Doug Magee. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.



When Lena Pyle helps her daughter Sarah onto a bus for summer camp, she is thankful for her daughter’s independent nature—and for the chance to spend two weeks alone with her distant husband. But when a second bus arrives to pick Sarah up, a horrified Lena learns that the first was part of an efficiently orchestrated ransom plot.  Sarah and three other neighborhood children have been kidnapped and ferried away to a cabin deep in the Adirondacks.

As the four sets of parents argue with each other and the FBI over the best course of action, the kids are left alone in the wilderness; and in the end, both groups are ultimately fighting for their survival. Author Doug Magee, with the help of an emotionally convincing cast, explores what exactly makes a family—and what can derail one completely. 


Questions for Discussion

1.       Which family do you think reacted most appropriately to the kidnappings?&nb see more

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