A Noise Downstairs

A Noise DownstairsA Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay, Tbd
Published by HarperAudio on July 24th 2018
ISBN: 0062849468
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College Professor Paul Davis is driving home one night when he observes a colleague driving strangely. He decides to follow, not quite sure if the man is drunk or looking for something. When his co-worker pulls over so does Paul and that is when Paul makes the shocking discovery that he has just walked into a a murderer disposing of two female bodies. Paul tries to intervene and is almost killed himself.

After the incident, Paul has been having nightmares and experiencing PTSD. He begins to see Anna, a psychologist to work through his issues. His wife, Charlotte, also tries to help and buys him a vintage type writer so that he can write that novel he has always dreamed about. Paul is open to the idea, that is until he begins to hear noises in the night. Noises which sound as if the typewriter is being used. But everyone is asleep, who could possibly be typing on the typewriter? Why is Paul the only one who can hear the noise?

As Paul continues to work on his issues in therapy, the reader is also introduced to his therapist, her father and one of her other clients – a young man who enjoys playing sick and vicious pranks on others. Could he be to blame? Is he even involved? If not him, then who? Is the type writer possessed? Is the type writer typing messages all by itself? Are the messages related to the deaths of the two women? Paul continues to be tormented and struggles with what is really happening and what he believes is happening.

This book is told through Paul’s, Charlotte’s and Anna’s points of view. This was interesting especially is the last twenty percent of the book. I will be honest, during the beginning of the book, I thought…oh geez, I normally like Linwood Barclay, but I am not sure about this book. All I can say is STICK WITH IT. I say this often in reviews, but it is true, I love when a book fools me. I love when I think I have it all figured out. I have my super sleuth hat on the entire way. I am quite sure I know how the book is going to end and then BOOM, Barclay spun some magic. I did have one theory and that proved to be correct, but I still didn’t have the key bit of plot figured out. He pulled it off and beautifully.

The title of the book makes it sound as if this book is going to be both creepy or scary. I didn’t find it to be scary at all. A little creepy, perhaps. The one young man who played pranks was the creepiest part of the book for me. Yes, a typewriter that types of messages is creepy but for me only to a small degree. So, if you pick this up thinking it is going to be scary or on the horror spectrum, be warned, it’s not.

After a slow start that left me guessing as to whether I was going to enjoy the book, things really did pick up – about half way through for me. But once thing did pick up, the plot kicked into high gear. I found this book to be well-written with a great ending. I do wish it would have been a little faster going in the beginning, but I also know he needed to build his plot and introduce the reader to all the players.

Thank you to William Morrow Publishers and Edelweiss for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.


Far From True

Far From TrueFar From True (Promise Falls Trilogy, #2) by Linwood Barclay
Published by NAL on March 8th 2016
Pages: 449
ISBN: 0451472705
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Received from NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

Whew! This is the second book in the Promise Falls series and I enjoyed it very much. I have not read the first book in the series but I am going to add it to my want to read list. For the second book in the series, I found it worked well as a stand alone book for me. There are A LOT of characters in this book. In the beginning I thought “maybe I should take notes” as there were so many people and so many plots and subplots going on. But after a while, I found it easy to follow with the exception of two of the characters names looking similar to me: Duckworth and Duncomb. There are also two investigators working in this book. In the beginning I found this confusing but then I found my stride and it all made sense to me.

Secrets, Secrets, Secrets. Secret lives, secret rooms, secret lovers,secret rendezvous, secret appetites are exposed after a drive in theater movie screen falls on two parked cars killing the occupants. Small towns tend to have BIG secrets and Promise Falls is no exception. The Daughter of one of the victims hires a private investigator to investigate a break in at her deceased father’s home. What is found in the basement is shocking and holds many of the town members secrets. Missing DVD’s are sought and secrets are revealed. Two investigators work at solving the crimes.

There is a cliff hanger at the end that leaves me wanting to find out more. I understand this is how the first book in the series ended as well. My advice to anyone is if this book seems confusing or there are two many characters, just give it time, write down some facts and characters if you need to, but do not give up on this book. This is a very well thought out book. I found the writing to be very engaging and intelligent. I really love books that I can’t figure out all the way. This book kept me guessing and I still don’t know what is going to be revealed next.

I will definitely read the first book in this series as soon as possible and I will also be reading the next in this series.