A Noise Downstairs – Linwood Barclay

It’s release day for so many great books!

Thanks to William Morrow and TLC Book Tours for the free copy in exchange for my honest review.

A NOISE DOWNSTAIRS – Linwood Barclay (out today)

Check back later this week to see the #allthebookreviews thoughts on this one 🙂

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My Thoughts: 4.5/5 stars!

I’m so sad to say that this is my first encounter with anything that Linwood Barclay has written – this was long overdue! A NOISE DOWNSTAIRS is one where once you start, you won’t want to put it down. Damn, that prologue instantly sucks you in.

Paul Davis’ life completely changed the night he decided to pull over and see if his friend and colleague needed help on the side of the road. Now suffering from PTSD from the ordeal, Paul is trying to find a new sense of normal. His wife, Charlotte, attempts to cheer him up by bringing home an old typewriter for him to finally write his novel. The problem? Paul swears that he hears it typing on its own at night. Paul fears that this is somehow connected to the killer he narrowly escaped that night – is there something more sinister at hand or is he starting to lose his mind?

Imagine hearing that clicking sound all night long and no one else being able to hear it in your house? I haven’t had much experience with using typewriters but the few times I have, that sound is so distinct and wonderful. But, I wouldn’t want to hear that clicking away in my basement at night! This is told in multiple perspectives – Paul, Charlotte, and a little bit through the eyes of Paul’s therapist. I agree with my partner reader, Chandra, her other patient was fascinating! Is it weird that we love the sociopath characters?

This is a thriller that you won’t want to stop once you open it up, so make sure you have a comfy chair and some snacks. Plenty of twists throughout the book that I did not see coming, and for someone that frequents the thriller genre, this is always so fun!

 

What Barclay novel should I pick up next?

–Jess

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