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On the morning she will never forget, suburban teenager Cynthia Archer awakes with a nasty hangover and a feeling she is going to have an even nastier. Click on the link below to start downloading this free ebook: tradition of writers such as Linwood Barclay, Harlan Coben and Nicci French. Stephen King has called him “a suspense master.” Now the New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of Broken Promise delivers.
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Barclay works some of that same magic in his second stand-alone thriller, which opens with the shooting deaths of Albert and Donna Langley and their teenage son, Adam, in their Promise Falls, N. Bill Cutter, a neighbor who works as a gardener and was once the driver and glorified gofer without an ounce of self-respect for the town's nasty mayor, and Bill's wife, Ellen, soon find themselves wondering who would want to kill the Langleys and what part their sullen year-old son and Adam's friend, Derek, may have played in the tragedy.
While this one isn't quite up to the standard of No Time for Goodbye —its convoluted plot creaks occasionally—readers will zip through it with delight. All rights reserved. He envisions his girlfriend coming over and having a quiet run of the house and a chance to get to know each other better.
Thinking they forgot something, he hides in the crawlspace in the basement and waits for them to leave. A few minutes later, however, he hears a doorbell and gunshots. When he finally gets the courage to go upstairs, he discovers their dead bodies. The ensuing chaos will disrupt a small town and devastate him and his family.
Barclay tackles a scary scenario and with the proper twists and turns creates an engaging thriller. Excessive profanity sometimes distracts to the point of grinding the story line to a halt, but that quibble aside, this is a gripping read. See all Editorial Reviews. Product details File Size: Bantam September 27, Publication Date: September 30, Sold by: English ASIN: Enabled X-Ray: Book Series.
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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. Oh my goodness, I am in despair because I'm running out of Linwood Barclay books! Having "found" this author recently, I am racing through his books. They are superb standalone thrillers that take an Everyman character and put him into extraordinary circumstances.
He knows his friend's family is going away for a week, and he decides to hide in the house when they leave so he can unlock the door and spend some quality time with his girlfriend.
Problem is, the family has to come back for something and while he's listening they are all murdered. The book is narrated by Jim Cutter, Derek's dad, a guy who is an intelligent and somewhat snarky observer of all things Promise Falls, NY a location that appears in several of Barclay's books.
He has few illusions about his marriage, his neighbors or his friends, but he is also a decent guy who tries to do the right thing -- and that seems to get him in to trouble. Barclay writes wonderfully. His characters are interesting and more than two-dimensional. The dialogue is good, very natural.
The mysteries are believable and frightening. There are lots of twists and some truly funny lines. I am going to be very sad when I catch up to the author's work, but in the meantime I'll enjoy the few remaining.
The pacing is brilliant and you'll feel the need to stay up late and postpone chores so you keep reading. Ellen Cutter works at the local college, whose president, Ellen's boss, is a blowhard literary phenom with one bestseller under his belt and another one allegedly on the way.
The murder of a family just down the street from the Cutters throws their lives into chaos, not all of it directly connected to the crime: Too Close to Home is a quick, riveting read. I have only two complaints about it. The first is extremely minor, Derek's likening himself to Leave it to Beaver's Eddie Haskell in the book's first chapter. Few kids Derek's age would know who that is, however, and you can almost hear the author saying as much to himself when he adds a clause describing the character, "in that show his parents watched when they were kids.
I don't care about profanity per se, but much of what we read here just doesn't seem natural.
For example, I don't think I have ever heard a suburban mother lightly use a certain feline term to refer to the pudendum mulieris. It just doesn't happen. The problem, of course, is that the profanity and the reference to Eddie Haskell are a bit jarring and take you out of the fictional world briefly. Other than that, though, this is a great read, which is no surprise: I've read a number of Barclay's books in the past and have always enjoyed them.
Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Rich characters. Several mysteries. A few normal people, and several loons. I highly recommend this book. But, I'm so grateful I'm not surrounded buy people like these in this book. I really didn't like the wimpy wife. However, I loved her husband who was the most normal character in the story.
One person found this helpful. I read another book by this author first, and it made me want to read more, so I purchased this one. I was not disappointed. The plot was excellent.
It was well-crafted with plenty of twists. This author is an excellent writer. There were times that I thought she kind of went off track and delved into areas that did not forward the plot. However, the author ended up tying everything together, showing that every segment did count toward the storyline. The only thing I disliked was the prologue. I felt the suspense would have been even greater had she left that out so that the reader wouldn't know what happened, even if not who did it.
A terrific novel of suspense that will appeal to readers of authors such as Greg Iles. PG for violence and sexual situations which include underage teens. Good writing and engaging characters. Unexpected twists and turns. I recommend it to anyone who wants a quick, fun read. This book kept me on the edge of my seat! Lot's of strong characters but not enough to confuse you. Great story line. I stayed up all night to finish this book. Can't wait to read more from this author! My first Barclay book read.