A Noise Downstairs
The New York Times bestselling author of No Time for Goodbye returns with a haunting psychological thriller that blends the twists and turns of Gillian Flynn with the driving suspense of Harlan Coben, in which a man is troubled by odd sounds for which there is no rational explanation.
College professor Paul Davis is a normal guy with a normal life. Until, driving along a...more
Here it is guys...drum roll please... I present your summer 2018 popcorn thriller-A Noise Downstairs! Seriously folks, this one is a must for your TBR if you are looking for a fast-paced story that is easily read in any setting and impossible to put down. I've been a fan of Linwood Barclay's writing for almost a decade now and find I have a Barclay shaped hole that only his books can fill each year. If you're new to his work, then know his writing style is very similar to Harlan ...more
“Jesus, Paul, it’s not the clown from It. It’s not going to break out and attack us.”
This quote above is in reference to an old typewriter which the protagonist from A Noise Downstairs believes is possessed by the spirits of murder victims. It might sound a little crazy, but the premise makes for an entertaining psychological thriller with some surprising twists!
Paul Davis was nearly murdered. While he has recovered physically, he is suffering from PTSD. He is in counseling and ...more
Paul Davis nearly loses his life when he inadvertently discovers a colleague looking for a place to dump the bodies of the two women he just murdered.
Although Paul survived physically, mentally he is still struggling. He decides the best therapy might be to face his demons head on, and maybe even write a book about his ordeal. His therapist even gives him the green light to pursue this avenue. Desperately trying to ...more
I know a few said it was predictable and I know that I'm no whiz-bang but I was hugely surprised twice and was reminded several times that Linwood Barclay can still write a damn good book.
Thanks to my awesome friend Jayme for recommending this to me. Follow her or become her friend, she reads great books, writes great reviews and is just all-around cool!
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 ...more
Paul is your typical, unassuming college professor. On his way home one night he spots a colleague driving erratically. Good Samaritan Paul decides to pull in behind and follow him! Big mistake Paul!
Next thing he recalls is waking up with ...more
The ‘New Haven Star’ ran with a headline that said:
“A Scandal in Academia: ‘Apology Killer’ gets life in double murder”.
West Haven College professor Kenneth Hoffman, 53, (married to wife Gabriella, 49, father to Leonard, 21), was sentenced to life in prison for the murders of Jill Foster and ...more
Wow. Where do I start? We learn all about the murderer, who he is and why Paul followed him that night at the beginning of this ...more
A Noise Downstairs is a great one if you are not sure what you are in the mood for. It's a fun, entertaining, twisty and easy read with a unique creepy tormenter here with the underwood typewriter ...more
Like my earlier read of King's" The Outsider" this book blindsided me by starting off rather interesting (if middling writing) and then deteriorating to a ridiculous conclusion. This book was even more disappointing as it happened around 70 percent into the novel rather than King's halfway point.
I almost thought it was a cruel April Fool's joke !!
The beginning was a fairly compelling exploration of a man's PTSD and search for understanding of a friend that ...more
A year later, Paul is suffering from PTSD. His wife Charlotte brings home an old Underwood typewriter, encouraging him to write his story, as a way to heal.
CHIT CHIT CHIT CHIT CHIT CHIT
Paul hears the sounds of his typewriter downstairs. But, he and Charlotte are both upstairs, in bed, sleeping.
The beyond......now that's a story unto itself.
They say that cats have nine lives. They're always on the heels of disaster roaming the neighborhoods. But they seem to know when it's time to retreat in the other direction. Maybe Professor Paul Davis should have listened to the felines that night.
It's late. Paul aims his car toward ...more
Yes, it's true that this was a sharp right turn for me, in the book world. I mean, the last book I reviewed was John Updike's Couples, for goodness' sakes. Don't worry, I wasn't expecting Updike here. One doesn't bite into an orange and expect it to taste like pomegranate. That's just silly.
I was in the mood for orange, and it had all the promise in the world. I loved the premise: a guy hears his antique typewriter, typing by ...more
Typewriter sounds are almost non-existent today, but they kept recurring in Paul’s home and seemed to be coming from the typewriter that his wife had bought him.
After Paul followed his friend because he was driving erratically, he found something horrific and unbelievable.
Paul saw dead bodies in his colleague’s trunk and when Kenneth struck him to silence him, he thought it was all over. Thankfully Paul didn’t die, and Kenneth was imprisoned.
Another thing happened as Paul was following ...more
But when Charlotte brought a ...more
Several months ago, Paul Davis was attacked by a killer with a shovel. Somehow he survived the massive head wound he received. The killer was a friend ... a colleague ... and it was just happenstance that he saw two women's bodies in his friend's trunk before they were hidden and buried.
Now Paul suffers severe panic attacks, short term memory loss. But the most terrifying are the noises he hears that no one else does. Most recently, his wife bought him an old typewriter. At night, he swears he ...more
On the plus side did I enjoy ...more
It’s been eight months since Paul was attacked, and left for dead, after inadvertently stumbling across a fellow professor attempting to dispose of two bodies. Plagued by recurring nightmares, and lapses in memory, as well as struggling to process how a person who’d been both mentor and friend to him could murder two women, Paul decides to write down everything relating to the murders, both to try and come to terms with it all, and facilitate his ...more
Big Mistake. Sure, I took care of the basics, I mean a gal’s gotta eat and such, but……...
Linwood Barclay, handily, stole the rest of my day.
What if you heard a noise, clearly; from downstairs or elsewhere in your home, while your family slept?
Gulp, gobble gobble, gone.
Having stumbled upon he’s co-worker and friend Kenneth with two dead women in he’s car, Paul was attacked and left for dead during the whole experience.
Still recovering from the night, Paul is suffering from memory loss and nightmares, in an effect to gain closure he decides to write down everything he can recall from that evening.
He’s worried wife Charlotte even helps by finding him ...more
In his book cover quote from a previous Barclay novel, Trust Your Eyes, Stephen King wrote, "My idea of a sweet ride is three days of rain, a fridge filled with snacks, and a new Linwood Barclay." Interestingly, much of the style and content of A ...more
This story is about a man who is troubled by odd sounds for which there is no rational explanation.
College professor Paul Davis is a normal guy with a normal life. Until, driving along a deserted road late one night, he surprises a murderer disposing of a couple of bodies. That’s when Paul’s "normal" existence is turned upside down. After nearly losing his own ...more
Loved that surprise!
I have been a fan of Barclay's for a number of years and have found his mystery/thrillers never disappoint.
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Three of those seventeen novels comprise the epic Promise Falls trilogy: Broken Promise, Far From True, and The Twenty-Three. His two novels for children – ...more