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A Tap on the Window

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,141 Ratings  ·  890 Reviews
When Cal Weaver stops at a red light on a rainy night while driving home, he ignores the bedraggled-looking teenage girl trying to hitch a ride - even when she starts tapping on his window. But as soon as he realises she's one of his son's classmates, he knows he can't really leave her, alone, on the street.

But nothing prepares him for the consequences of trying to help he
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by NAL (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jeanette Mahon I thought this book flowed very well and had me so absorbed..!

I guess its a question of the style of author, perhaps Linwood Barclay is not your 'cup…more
I thought this book flowed very well and had me so absorbed..!

I guess its a question of the style of author, perhaps Linwood Barclay is not your 'cup of tea'?

I've read most (or all ) of his books and love them.(less)

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Aug 25, 2013 Arah-Lynda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top, i-said

Love so much Love is what I have for this writer. He’s a guilty little pleasure. I have been known to lick my lips, settle in my chair, feet up, chilled Chablis close at hand and over indulge. This one is so damn delicious.

If you know Barclay at all then you know he writes thrillers, of the domestic variety. The kind of thing that could happen to you or me does happen in them.

I cannot seem to get enough and this is my hands down favourite so far. I could not put it down!

I’m getting me anot
Mar 14, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it
I purchased a copy of "A Tap On The Window" by Linwood Barclay, after I heard such great things about this novel. Linwood Barclay is a master at suspense/thriller novel. Just when I thought I had it figured out, there would be another twist, and this would change my whole thought process. This is a fast-paced novel that is difficult to put down.

Cal Weaver a middle-aged guy, an ex-cop, now a Private Investigator, was living a private hell since their beloved son Scott had died two months ago. As
Sean Peters
Jun 07, 2014 Sean Peters rated it really liked it
Linwood Barclay is one of my favourite thrillers authors, this one as all his others keeps your attention like a rollercoaster with so many twists and turns.

A whole story starting with A Tap On The Window!

Fast paced, thrilling and gripping, as we follow the PI Cal Weaver around the state of New York, as tried to find what is going on.

The story travels as a fast pace, as so many characters are brought in and some many clever twists and turns are added to the story.




"A Good Thriller
May 06, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Tap On The Window by Linwood Barclay was a really fast paced thriller that i enjoyed over 500 pages & got through it in no time which is quick for me must have been GOOD!

Cal Weaver an ex cop turned private investigator picks up claire who is a friend of his son Scott who died of an ecstasy OD as its pouring rain she asks to get out at patchetts bar as she feels sick & has a cut on her hand she tells him she will be back in a bit, when she returns Cal notices something different about h
Patrice Hoffman
May 21, 2013 Patrice Hoffman rated it really liked it
*Received through a Goodreads Giveaway*

I have finished A Tap On the Window by Linwood Barclay and I must say each book I read by him is better than the last. Barclay is definitely the go to when you're in need of fast paced suspense thriller that is full of twists, turns, and genuine "wtf" moments.

Cal Weaver is sitting in a parking lot trying to avoid the girl who's attempting to hitch a ride. He's successful in this attempt up until the point when she taps on the window of his car and mentions
Bill Mackela
Aug 06, 2013 Bill Mackela rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
I started to write a standard review of "A Tap on the Window", but it just didn't feel right. This isn't a normal book. Mr. Barclay has used some very dark colors to paint this picture of a small town an hour from the perceived crime capital of the region, Buffalo, New York. All of the townspeople are a bit off, no one is a real good guy. The cops take the outsiders to the edge of town, knock out a few teeth, and tell them to get out of town and don't come back. The cops will stop teenagers and ...more
Jul 08, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it
This is my first Barclay book, but it won't be my last…what a fantastic read! My favorite kind of thriller is one in which I'm so twisted and turned around, I can't figure out whodunnit before I get to the end of the book, and this one definitely hit the mark! I was so confused (in a good way), all my guesses were still wrong, right up till the last minute. And even then, there were still a few surprises.

The main character, Cal, an ex-cop-turned-private-investigator and his wife are still grievi
Jul 22, 2015 Stefanie rated it really liked it
Rating 4 stars
I really enjoyed reading this book. This was the first book I've read by Linwood Barclay but it certainly won't be my last. Putting the plot aside for a moment it is without question that Barclay is an extremely talented writer. This book was over 500 pages but before I knew it I was almost finished! The dialogue between the characters is some of the most realistic dialogue I have come across in some time. You know when you are reading a book, even a good one where the plot has su
May 16, 2014 Bandit rated it it was ok
I don't read a lot of mysteries. The ones I like are usually stand alones, sort of a regular person investigation (domestic thrillers if that's the term), nothing with superspies or stereotypical procedurals, something like Harlan Coben's books. But since Coben only put out one of those a year, I was hoping to find a suitable author, which is why I picked up this book. Ok, the description didn't quite fit the category, since the protagonist is a PI, but close enough. But alas Coben this wasn't. ...more
Oct 06, 2013 Hallie rated it it was amazing
Surprise is one of the great pleasures of reading a good crime novel, so it's always a challenge to review one without spoiling the fun. It's particularly difficult to review "A Tap on the Window" by Linwood Barclay because the surprises start in the opening pages and don't let up until five hundred plus pages later when the novel ends.

Chapter one opens on a dismal, rainy night in front of a bar in a suburb of Buffalo: "A middle-aged guy would have to be a total fool to pick up a teenage girl s
Sep 17, 2013 Paul rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Exhilarating Thriller from the King of Thrillers
The worst thing about any Linwood Barclay book is that you eventually finish the book and have to wait for the next one to appear in a year’s time. The great thing about his books is that once you open the book you are hooked his thrillers are the opium of the 21st century. Barclay’s books really do live up to all the hype. The review copy I received refers to Barclay as the Modern Day Hitchcock and to be honest I cannot argue against that because
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
This one made me boohoo for like 1/4 of the book. Barclay is a nasty author, he makes you think you are so smart, figuring out the big secret early, only to pull the damn rug right from under your feet. I believe I've now read all his books. Considering I just discovered him last year (yes, it was all my doing, before me, he was lost...j/k), that should tell you how much I adore this author.

One big warning..if you've never read a Linwood Barclay novel, you must be patient. Do not skip forward. A
Gerard Oconnell
Apr 07, 2015 Gerard Oconnell rated it it was amazing
Loved this book very much, could not put it down. My first book read from this writer,it will not be my last.
Ray Palen
Jun 12, 2013 Ray Palen rated it it was amazing
Linwood Barclay has been one of the best suspense writers out there and it boggles my mind why he is not a household name. The first novel I read of his --- NO TIME FOR GOODBYE --- is one of the finest thrillers I have ever experienced.

Unfortunately, for me, he took a step backward with his last novel --- TRUST YOUR EYES. Good, but not up to his usual standards. I fear it was an attempt to make a less intense novel that would bring him the much deserved recognition his work deserves. However, th
Sep 25, 2013 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Ex-cop, now Private Investigator Cal Weaver felt his life was drifting; the past two months had been hell on earth since their beloved son Scott had died. He and his wife Donna found they had nothing to say to each other – both blamed themselves, both were coping in different ways. Donna was sketching pictures of Scott day in, day out, never satisfied she had his exact likeness – Cal was angry, so very angry; he was coping in ways that he wasn’t proud of, but it seemed he couldn’t do anything ab ...more
Sep 22, 2013 Derek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This hit all my buttons for a mystery.

I despise mysteries that rely on coincidence for a solution—all the clues should be available in the text, and a careful reader should reach the same conclusion as the protagonist. If the author is really good, even a brilliant reader won't get there too soon.

Which is not to say coincidence can't have a part—the odds just aren't that good that anybody, even a big city cop, could stumble into these scenarios. So, A Tap on the Window does begin with a coinc
Barbara Kinsky
Sep 24, 2013 Barbara Kinsky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: linwood-barclay
Another masterpiece by what I reckon is now the best crime thriller writer of all time! The fact that he keeps all the little dirty secrets right to the end, gets me every time. I always feel I am watching a movie when I read his books as he paints such an awesome picture of each character that just makes you want to read on. Brilliant read!
Apr 23, 2016 Siobhan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was only by chance that I picked up this book – simply a choice made in the moment so that I had enough books for the offer which was currently on – and I can honestly say I was shocked by the read. I wasn’t expecting much only to find I had to read the book in one sitting. In fact, I was surprised I hadn’t noticed the book before and I’ll be looking for more books by the author.

The book shows how one decision can change a person’s life, and whilst you may think it will focus upon only one my
Vicky (A Backpack Full of Adventures)
I fell in love with Linwood Barclay’s writing about a year ago, so seeing A Tap on the Window among bookshops’ ‘soon to be released’ titles was almost like an early Christmas present. Although I’ve yet to read the majority of his previous books, I simply cannot recommend him enough.

Having read No Time for Goodbye earlier I already knew I was in for one hell of a ride but the author’s ability to grab you within the first few pages of the book still managed to take me by surprise. If you think you
Cal Weaver, a private investigator in upstate New York, is trying to find out who sold the Ecstasy to his son, Scott, before he fell to his death from a high roof. Cal and his wife, Donna, are so overcome with grief that they are barely talking to each other, wondering if they will ever be happy again.

"A middle-aged guy would have to be a total fool to pick up a teenage girl standing outside a bar with her thumb sticking out. Not that bright on her part, either, when you think about it. But righ
This might not have been the best Barclay book to start with. The book moved very slow in parts. I think this might be due to the fact that the book is told from the protagonist's POV. Just when the action picked up, he began to drone on in his own head. It was distracting. Since I was listening to it, I felt like someone was telling me the story instead of listening to the story. I also knew who was the killer from early on. It was revealed in a weird way. I'll give Barclay another try but I wa ...more
Stephen Clynes
Jun 26, 2016 Stephen Clynes rated it it was amazing
Follow Cal Weaver as he solves mysteries in a small town. He was stopped at a red light when he got a tap on his car window from a teenage girl asking for a ride. Then things started to go very wrong...

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this mystery thriller. As the story unfolded, there were many, many twists and turns. Linwood time after time led you up the garden path only to suddenly change direction yet again. He skillfully built his plot at an entertaining and refreshing pace, with a back story
Trev Twinem
Aug 10, 2014 Trev Twinem rated it liked it
Don't get me wrong I quite like Linwood Barclay and what he does he does he looks at an ordinary man's everyday life..yes the sort of life you and I lead and everyday situations and from that shows how one simple mistake or incident can make a life unfold and all the cards come tumbling down....Take A Tap on the Window, Cal Weaver is on his way home and stops to give a lift to a young bedraggled teenage girl...yes you've got it an older man giving a lift to a young girl late at night.. ...more
Aug 28, 2013 MARILYN rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this suspense thriller by Linwood Barclay, it hit all the right points for me including a twist at the end. It also took place in Niagara County NY where I lived for 12 years so I was familiar with the locations and am pretty sure I know which town he based Griffon on. He got the geography right so I felt right at home.
Dec 17, 2014 Wendy rated it really liked it
Shelves: dec-14
A really good story with lots of surprises!
What Linwood Barclay does best is to make you care and make you curious, as he puts regular people in a thrilling crime story and then takes these everyday joes on a rollercoaster ride. Naturally, you can’t help but empathize. Despite the fact that this may well be his darkest work to date, I enjoyed it. It had a great delivery and pace. It was not predictable at all.
This is the story of Cal Weaver, an ordinary ex-cop turned Private Investigator. Cal and his wife Donna are still very much grievi
Paula  Phillips
Sep 07, 2013 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it
Have you ever been a fan of an author and then read all his books and then you find yourself sort of going off them as you can't get into but then you still love him , so you want to keep trying ? That's how I felt about Linwood Barclay as the last few have been a bit blah for me, but A Tap on The Window has redeemed him and sent him back into my great author's pile as I loved this book. It starts off so innocently with a father noticing one of his son's classmates standing out in the rain, so ...more
Jul 16, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.
As suspense thrillers go, I thought "A Tap on the Window" had a well-written, well- thought-out storyline that lead to a neat, carefully-crafted conclusion. The plot, about a newly-grieving father who gets drawn into the disappearance of a local girl to whom he gives a ride one rainy night, was a little formulaic however, and I thought some of the characters (particularly Cal Weaver's wife, Donna) could have been fleshed out more. I never felt fully invest
Aug 05, 2013 Louise rated it it was amazing
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DoubleDay Canada|August 6, 2013|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-385-66959-7
It’s been two months since private investigator, Cal Weaver’s teenage son, Scott died in a tragic drug-related accident. Ever since, he and his wife have drifted apart, fracturing a once-normal life. Cal is mired in grief he can’t move past. And maybe that has clouded his judgment because he made a grave mistake driving home on a very rainy night. A drenched young girl tapped on his window as he sat at a sto
Anne Martin
Nov 20, 2014 Anne Martin rated it liked it
disappointed with the book. The story does not make sense, from the beginning to the end, because the whole book is tainted with moral issues. Why is it so bad to pick up a girl standing in the rain? why does he have to investigate afterward? why does his snooping bring such horrible consequences? If he had left things go their natural course, there would not be a book, nor so many deaths. Why doesn't he speak with his in-law a lot earlier? why do almost all adults agree with the police violence ...more
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