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A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay
  

A Tap on the Window

Thriller / Suspense   Crime / Mystery   Maxim Jakubowski's Selection   

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Maxim Jakubowski's view...

A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.

When a small town detective picks up a young female hitchhiker in a bad rainstorm, he inadvertently uncovers a whole snake's nest of intrigue, crime and deception which risks ruining his life, as if the recent accidental death of his own son wasn't already sinking his precarious marriage. Barclay's thrillers are like precision machines, with plots within plots unfolding, red herrings and devastating revelations on every corner with a relentless Hitchcockian pace. What else can you ask for?

The Lovereading view...

Once again, bestseller Linwood Barclay grabs the reader from page one with his latest pulse-pounding hook and twist thriller. On a rainy night, a man gives a teenage girl a lift home, but the girl he picks up isn't the same one he drops off - then she is found brutally murdered ....

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Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Sarah Tilley - 'I have not read anything before by Linwood Barclay, and this certainly will not be the last – loved it, loved it, loved it...Brilliant! A real page turner.' Read full review >
  • Reba Khatun - 'Lovereading have done it again – picked another fabulous book.  A Tap on the Window is one of the best books I have read so far this year.' Read full review >
  • Caroline Mathews - 'Another page-turning thriller from the master of suspense - I devoured it in a couple of sittings!' Read full review >
  • Sallyann Spittle - 'No stone is left unturned in this thriller and you’re thrown from one way to the next as trust is questioned and relationships threatened. It’s a story that will stay with you long after you turn the last page.' Read full review >
  • Carol Attridge - 'Bit of a slow starter but a great finisher! It’s my first Linwood Barclay book but it won’t be my last.' Read full review >
  • Edel Waugh - 'A thrilling story with a PI extraordinaire at the heart of it.' Read full review >
  • Francesca Ashurst - 'It’s a gripping, multi layered thriller which has more twists and turns than a rollercoaster...A really great read by an author who just gets better.' Read full review >
  • Sally Doel - 'This book draws you in from the first page...I haven't read any books by Linwood Barclay before, will definitely be looking to read his other novels as soon as possible!' Read full review >
  • Marie Fitzgerald - 'A multi layered thriller of how grief affects what people do with  unpredictable endings. This is more about well defined psyches than the crimes...I was gripped and saddened until the last word!' Read full review >
  • Helen Sidebottom - 'A very modern crime thriller; well worth a read. I am definitely going to read some more novels by Linwood Barclay.' Read full review >
  • Debbie Patrick - 'What if the hitchhiker you picked up….isn’t the one you dropped off?  What an excellent book yet again from Linwood Barclay. His books just keep on getting better & better.  I really enjoyed this book.' Read full review >
  • Julie Bertschin - The suspense builds deliciously in this powerful contemporary masterpiece, it blew me away...A fantastically fast paced page-turner of a book; you will not be disappointed.' Read full review >
  • Alison Jones - 'Linwood Barclay deserves a pat on the back for A Tap On The Window.  It’s another edge of your seat journey into deception, desperation and death.  Buckle up and sit tight for this one.' Read full review >
  • Glynis Elliott - 'whilst enjoyable enough I didn´t feel that it had the suspense of his other novels.' Read full review >
  • Michelle Mckernan - 'A brilliant book.  This will keep you hooked and guessing until the end.  Don't assume you know what is going on because chances are you'll be wrong.' Read full review >
  • Barbara Goldie - 'A spine tingler of a novel, it is tense and uneasy from the very first page.  It grips the reader with its atmospheric storytelling and has a creepy clammy feel as the plot unfolds.' Read full review >
  • Carol Peace - 'This is a great read and very fast moving without any of the usual 'plumping out' tricks. It was very dynamic.  A definite 5*' Read full review >
  • Suzanne James - 'Small town secrets, a flawed PI and a missing girl all add up to an absorbing read.' Read full review >
  • Suzanne Marsh - 'Linwood Barclay has once again produced a page turning suspense novel. Once you pick this book up you’ll find yourself hooked into the story so much that you’ll not be able to put it down.' Read full review >
  • Siân Spinney - 'Oh this was good! I found it took a while to get me hooked but by a third of the way in I just couldn't stop reading. Took me two days to read it; good job I'm on holiday!' Read full review >
  • Alan Brown - 'A police procedural story that deals with feelings and not facts.  The story is also brilliantly merged with the descriptions of the grief process of a couple who have lost their teenage son.' Read full review >
  • Manisha Natha - 'A brilliant book. One of my favourites so far from Lindwood Barclays collection of books.' Read full review >
  • Joan Hill - 'Linwood Barclay has once again hit the mark with this new thrilling crime novel. His characterisation, plot full of twists and turns and electrifying ending is sure to delight.' Read full review >
  • Ray Orgill - 'The strange case of the disappearing hitch hiker.' Read full review >
  • Rachel Bridgeman - 'To call Barclay a modern Hitchcock is not too bad a comparison, he emotionally involves you on exactly the same level. More please!!!' Read full review >

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Synopsis

A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay

When Cal Weaver stops at red light on a rainy night while driving home, he ignores the bedraggled-looking teenaged girl trying to hitch a lift. Even when she starts tapping on his window. But when she says, 'Hey, aren't you Scott's dad?' and he realizes she's one of his son's classmates, he can't really ignore her. OK, so giving a ride to a teenage girl might not be the smartest move, but how much harm could it do? Over the next 24 hours Cal is about to find out. When the girl, Claire, asks to stop at a restroom on the way home, he's happy to oblige. But the girl who gets back in the car seems strangely nervous, and it's only when they get nearer their destination that Cal realizes she no longer has the nasty cut that he noticed on Claire's hand. After he's finally let her out of the car he remains puzzled and intrigued. But it's only the next morning that he starts to really worry. That's when the police cruiser turns up at his door and asks him if he gave a lift to a girl the previous night. A girl who has now been found brutally murdered. If Cal is going to clear his name he's going to have to figure out what Claire was really up to and what part he played in her curious deception. But doing so will involve him in some of the small town of Griffon's most carefully kept secrets - and a conspiracy as bizarre as it is deadly.

Reviews

[A] killer of a thriller NEW YORK TIMES Sure-fire and highly adroit storytellers as Barclay, whose speciality is to take ordinary people and to gradually dismantle all the meaningful elements in their lives ... This is Barclay firing on all cylinders FINANCIAL TIMES Linwood Barclay, the current king of the multi-twisted plot, returns for another fast-but-thoughtful thriller ... believable characters and unbelievable twists - it's a winning combination. MORNING STAR The spare, direct prose and cliff-hanger chapter endings drive a tension-fuelled tale that is underpinned by a bleakly fatalistic noir tone. -- Declan Burke IRISH TIMES Barclay specialises in tales of things going badly awry in the midst of peaceful suburbia ... what lingers is Barclay's portrayal of the American dream turning sour. MAIL ON SUNDAY EVENT MAGAZINE


About the Author

Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay was our Guest Editor in October 2013 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing.

Linwood Barclay is married with two children and lives near Toronto. He is the author of four acclaimed Zack Walker mysteries, a former columnist for the Toronto Star, and is the author of the Richard & Judy 2008 Summer Read winner and number one besteller, No Time For Goodbye.

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Book Info

Publication date

10th October 2013

Author

Linwood Barclay

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Publisher

Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback
512 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
Maxim Jakubowski's Selection

Crime & mystery

ISBN

9781409115052

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