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Too Close to Home

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  6,768 ratings  ·  613 reviews
“The night they killed our neighbors, we never heard a thing.”

In a quiet suburban neighborhood, in a house only one door away, a family is brutally murdered for no apparent reason. And you think to yourself: It could have been us. And you start to wonder: What if we’re next?

Linwood Barclay, critically acclaimed author of No Time for Goodbye, brings terror closer than eve...more
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Published September 30th 2008 by Bantam (first published 2008)
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Kari
This felt like reading a made for tv film. It was just a bit too over the top to be believable. Every character had a secret and most of them had multiple secrets that they all kept from their supposed loved ones! Not one character was open or honest. You also had the seemingly irrelevant actions with objects which would come in very handy later on, again like a tv film that points everything out to the viewer so they don't have to tax their brains at all. I was really disappointed as my colleag...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This is a very well written book. It's plotted in a way as to hold the attention and I can see where this story could have bogged down and become a bit wandering. Mr. Barclay takes what could have been almost cliched and constructs a well thought out, well "characterized" (and in this case I use that word to mean that the characters are full enough to get to know and know about without leaving us "over-informed") and again well plotted.

I had a few small moments when I thought that the characters...more
Bill
This is the second Linwood Barklay novel I've read. I very much enjoyed No Time for Goodbye.

As a whole, I enjoyed this one almost as much, but I found it a bit convoluted towards the end.
You know what made these two books so much fun? Barklay thrusts you into a situation right from the get-go and there are so many unknowns that you have no idea what lies beyond the next turn. When you're in the midst of this phase of the novel, you're totally in its grip. Five star quality all the way.

However, I...more
Terri Lynn
Wow, was this a page-turner! I loved this mystery. Jim and Ellen Cutter's son has what he thinks is a brilliant idea. Their neighbor Albert Langley, his horny wife, and their son Adam who is the teen friend of the Cutter's son Derek are going on a vacation. Derek pretends to leave to go home as they are about to go out the door only he goes to the basement and hides out in the crawl space. He thinks while they are gone he can have sex with girlfriend Penny all week long.

The Langleys leave but D...more
Linda
WOW! What a book, read 85 pages in just a short amount of time. Derek's best friend and neighbor is going on vacation, Derek hides in the basement so he can have the house all to himself and bring his girl over so they can be alone. While hiding in the basement after they finally leave, He hears a car and footsteps, since mom was not feeling well, they decide to come home and sees his friend Adam and his mom coming into the house, he panics and hides again in the closet this time. Petrified he h...more
Dale
Not as good as other Linwood Barclay books

I am an enthusiastic fan of Never Look Away and Fear the Worst my first two Linwood Barclay books. This book continues in the tradition of many film noir thrillers - the regular guy who gets his whole life overturned by some sort of crime and how he reacts to it. Unfortunately, Too Close to Home was not the equal of those two books.

In Too Close to Home we meet the Cutter family, a mom, dad and a teenage son. The neighbors are brutally murdered one n...more
Rob Donovan
I really enjoyed Linwood Barclay’s first novel. It was very much in the mold of Harlan Coben’s standalone novels. I.e. good characters and fascinating plot twists. What I especially liked, is that they focus on ordinary family’s and explore how they would react if the unimaginable happened and how far they would be willing to go to protect your family.

The blurb:

When the Cutter family's next-door-neighbours, the Langleys, are gunned down in their house one hot August night, the Cutters' world is...more
Michael
Aug 31, 2009 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans, thriller fans, fans of family mysteries
Recommended to Michael by: Enjoy the author's other work
Derek Cutter thinks he's got it made. His neighbors are going on vacation. He's going to hide in the house and when they're gone, this seventeen year old will have a place to party with his girlfirend, Penny,for a week.

Plans are made to be broken. The family returns home because the mother, Mrs. Langley has become ill. Derek is still in the basement when he hears another car pull up. Suddenly he hears gunshots as the newcomer kills Mr. and Mrs. Landley and their son, Adam.

Derek is ashamed of wha...more
Marina
Knowing that your neighbors are killed, it's a horrible feeling. Knowing that your son was there, it's terrifying. Knowing that the killers had mistaken the house and you were the target, oh my god, it can't be worse.

The characters are very well written. The father, the mother, the son. Normal average family with many skeletons in the closet. Which one of them (the skeletons, mistakes in the past) was the reason for the triple killing? Were the neighbors the real target? Or just the fact that th...more
Jean Coldwell
Too Close to Home by Linwood Barclay is another book that I didn't want to put down! High school student Derek Cutter thinks he has the perfect plan to make out – and possibly more - with his girlfriend Penny in his neighbors' house while they're away on vacation - until something goes terribly wrong. The family returns unexpectedly, and as Derek hides in the basement, an unknown visitor shoots the Langleys in cold blood. Why were they killed? Are the murders related to others in the area? What...more
Ineke van Mackelenbergh
Goodreads doesn't allow 3.5 which is the ratng I would prefer to give this book.
I like Linwood Barclay's writing style very much. He writes well and he writes about the ordinary and about ordinary folk, which makes it easy to relate to the cast of characters/ personalities in his book(s). He also has a very subtle sense of humour which comes out here and there.
This book is a definite page turner. Mr Barclay leaves you 'hanging' at the end of each chapter, wanting to know more... while along the...more
Laurie
Too Close To Home was a blazing page-turner that I was unable to put down! Jim and Ellen Cutter are shocked when their neighbors, the Langleys, are murdered. These types of crimes just don't occur in the seemingly quiet town of Promise Falls. Even more shocking is the arrest of their son Derek, the prime suspect in the murders. Derek has had his share of teenage drama but nothing that would indicate he could be capable of murder. As the investigation progresses, a shocking tale of deception, bur...more
Stephen Clynes
This novel is written in the first person, the character is Jim Cutter, who is Derek's father. Jim is a decent, average sort of guy who earns a living cutting people's lawns. Too Close to Home was written in 2008 and has 466 pages. This story is a crime thriller with an intensive plot and a haunting narrative.

What motive was there to kill all of the Langley family? You do not read about a motive but an aura of suspicion abounds. Jim Cutter is feeling lost in the mystery of the triple murder of h...more
Marca
Whew! This one has many balls in the air to connect. The family down the lane from Bill and Ellen Cutter are brutally murdered one night. The Cutter's teen son Derek was in the house at the time, supposedly to say goodbye to his friend Adam as they left on vacation (but Derek was going to use his friend's house for trysts with his girlfriend). Adam's family comes home unexpectedly when the mother takes sick and Derek hides in the basement. Derek then hears a car pull up, the doorbell ring, and g...more
Julia
This is a fast paced crime thriller. Not a genre I normally read a lot of, but, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will seek out Barclay's other books. Barclay is a Canadian author and former columnist for the Toronto Star.

The story begins with teenager, Derek, hiding out in his best friend's house who is also close neighbours, with the idea that he can use this house while the Langleys are on vacation, to take his girlfriend to be alone with her.

About 1/2 an hour after the Langleys leave, he he...more
Donna
Another good book by the author. I just discovered him, so I am working my way backwards, more or less from newest to oldest publication. And while the writing isn't quite as smooth and the mystery is not exactly as compelling as his last two books (The Accident, Trust Your Eyes) this book, Too Close To Home, is a satisfying read. Linwood Barclay seems to specialize in bringing to his readers flawed, but likable protagonists, everyday Joes and Janes caught up in other people's shit storms.

In To...more
Lise
Like a story ripped from the headlines, Too Close to Home takes us to Barclay's favorite environs in Promise Falls. As happens too many times in the real world, a family wakes up to discover their neighbors murdered. But one of the Cutter's knows more than he's saying. Because he was there. When the Cutter's son Derek is arrested for the horrific crime, not only must they fight to save the son they believe is innocent, they must fight the backlash from the town as well. Jim Cutter's losing clien...more
Kelly
I really loved this book for its complex plot, flawed yet relatable characters and its tense conclusion. The novel seemed determined for me to finish it in one sitting which was no hardship for me!! I was caught up in the tension from the first page and instantly found myself warming to Jim Cutter, the narrator and protagonist. The common factor that I have found in Barclay's novels is his absolutely flawless ability to create and develop a likeable and relatable narrator who is so well-develope...more
Naomi
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Pat
3.5 rating. A good read but I also read "Trust your Eyes" which I thought was excellent. The stunning surprise reveals were not as well done in this book and there were a lot of twists and turns, however this is an earlier release for author Barclay and I think he has just been getting better with time. I'll continue to read his works because even his average books are good and his good ones are just excellent when compared with others.
Kate MacKinnon
I debated between a 3 & 4 stars but ultimately decided it deserved 4 stars as it really did keep me engrossed & entertained.

I love the way it read, the language was so conversational. The 17 year old male character didn't seem forced but rather exactly how i'd expect a current day 17 yo guy to sound. (Not all authors can pull that off and sometimes you find yourself cringing a bit like when you see a parent trying to act hip in front of their kids friends to be cool and it is so completl...more
Robert
I really enjoy reading Barclay because I always figure I will not be disappointed. A lot of his books will be four too four and a half star reads. However, this book just really grabbed me and dragged me along. With the neighbors killed during the night the family next door figures that is the worst thing that could happen. Well guess what? With Barclay writing the story things are going to quickly spiral out of control for the surviving neighbors just down the lane. I would definitely define th...more
Clare
This is the second novel I've read of Barclay's and I was hoping for the same kind of suspense and intrigue that the first one provided. Yes there were lots going on in this book but by the time I was two thirds through I'd guessed whodunnit and for me there were far too many coincidences. Furthermore, secrets revealed along the way were unbelievable so all in all this reduced the overall score from a 4 to a 3. I did enjoy the read but I had hoped for a better outcome. I decided to read this one...more
Monica
I loved this novel, set in the typical American suburb, where everything seems neat and flawless on the surface, but if you dig a bit, the reality turns out to be totally different. Actually, this is what I liked most about the novel, while I found some twists unconvincing, and the finale kind of disappointed me.

Kimberly Kay Mcbride
I REALLY liked this book; so why four stars and not five? The only reason is because I knew the identity of the killer half way through. Despite this minor disappointment, I would still strongly recommend this novel. It reminded me of the novel Defending Jacob, an absolute five star book, that I read last year. It had some of the same themes and the same tone. (However, if you have to choose, read Defending Jacob.) Both novels kept me deeply enthralled and both had enough twists and turns to sat...more
Magdalena
Apr 18, 2014 Magdalena rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harlan Coben fans!
Started to read this book a while ago, something else caught my attention, and suddenly the books is forgotten. But then one day I decided to continue and man, I just couldn’t put the damn book down. I was torture to do other stuff; I needed to know what happened, just one more chapter, one more…

Unfortunately the ending wasn’t that surprising, partly surprising, yes, but not fantastic surprising ending. But the book was still really, really good. So if you like a book with twist and turns than...more
David Roberts
I am reviewing the urban thriller Too Close To Home by Linwood Barclay which is an excellent novel which I bought from kindle. Linwood has written quite a few but not that many thrillers but is one of my favourite authors and is very consistent. This book is quite a violent thriller and very much edge of your seat stuff. The plot concerns a brilliant novel a student wrote and asked his lecturer at university to appraise. The professor criticized the novel but secretly planned on publishing it hi...more
Amy
Another fast-paced thriller by Linwood Barclay. This book did not disappoint - it was a quick read with lots of action and a storyline that kept me guessing. Unfortunately by about 2/3s of the way through the book, I had already figured out what had happened... and then had to read through the rest to confirm my suspicions. Also there were things that were a little too coincidental for my liking. But all in all, I enjoyed this book and am still liking Linwood Barclay as an author.
Heather
The cover of the books says, "If you like Harlan Coben, you'll love Linwood Barclay." That hits the nail on the head. This author takes an average family with more than their share of secrets, plants you right in the middle of their lives and lets you hear the sounds of their neighbors being murdered. It's a page-turner you'll not want to put down. I intend to read all of Barclay's books now. He's an astounding writer.
Shirley Wells
I loved this book. It's one of those I wish I'd written.

The characterisation is superb and the plot twists and turns keep you guessing right up to the end. Every time I thought I had the whole thing sussed, up came another surprise.

Highly recommended for lovers of fast-paced thrillers!

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After spending his formative years helping run a cottage resort and trailer park after his father died when he was 16, Linwood Barclay got his first newspaper job at the Peterborough Examiner, a small Ontario daily. In 1981, he joined the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest circulation newspaper.

He held such positions as assistant city editor, chief copy editor, news editor, and Life section editor, be...more
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