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Too Close to Home Hardcover – Sep 30 2008


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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; American First edition (Sept. 30 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553805568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553805567
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #279,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Barclay knows how to put ordinary people into extraordinarily dangerous circumstances…. Readers will zip through it with delight.”—Publishers Weekly

“[An] affecting and effective thriller.”—Wall Street Journal Review

About the Author

Linwood Barclay is a columnist for the Toronto Star. He is the author of several critically acclaimed novels, including No Time for Goodbye and Stone Rain. He lives near Toronto with his wife and has two grown children.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Oct. 10 2008
Format: Hardcover
Okay fellow readers - learn from my mistake! I started Linwood Barclay's newly released suspense novel Too Close to Home too close to bedtime. I couldn't put it down! ( And I was very tired at work the next day.)

Seventeen year old Adam Langley and his parents are headed out on a week's vacation. Adam's best friend Derek Cutter decides to hide out in their basement until they're gone. He has plans to use the Langley house as a meeting place for him and his girlfriend Penny. He's just settled in, waiting for Penny when the Langley's SUV pulls in. He hides again. Mrs. Langley is sick and they've cancelled the holiday. While Derek is figuring out how he's going to get out and get back home, shots ring out. Someone else is in the house and has killed the entire family. And Derek's still hiding..

Okay, that was just the prologue!! And the opening line? From Derek's father Jim....

"The night they killed our neighbours we never heard a thing."

Derek does escape and runs home. From there things get crazy. Could the killings have something to do with some data Adam and Derek found on an old computer? Will the cops believe Derek's story? Does this killing have something to do with two other recent murders in town? The past has unexpectedly come back to haunt the present and Jim Cutter is determined to protect his family at all costs.

Just when you think the story is headed one way, it takes a sharp left turn and heads in a new direction. There's great foreshadowing at the end of many chapters, which kept me reading even later. Although I did figure out one thread ahead of the ending, there were many twists and turns I didn't see coming.

I discovered Barclay when I read his first novel, Bad Move, a darkly humourous mystery. Since then Barclay has just gotten better and better, heading more into suspense. If you've enjoyed Harlen Coben, you will love Linwood Barclay!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Gendre on Dec 26 2008
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading this book yesterday, and it only took me 3 days to read. The book starts off (Prologue) with "The Langely" family being murdered in their house, while Derek hides in their basement after he gets a surprise that the Langely's turn back home because the wife falls ill. Derek hears all of them being shot but, never sees who it is. Because it is not fun ruining a msytery, I won't give anymore of the book away, but will say that it takes a whole bunch of emotional and suspenseful twists and turns as it goes along. If you are considering this book for purchasing, I will give you a language warning, the books has MANY swears in it, and their is come crude content in their, so a mature reading audience is much more appropriate for this book, other than that, if you love mysteries, this book will not disappoint!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louise Jolly TOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 25 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Story Description:

Critically acclaimed and bestselling author Linwood Barclay brings terror closer than ever before in a stunning thriller in which murder strikes in the place we should feel safest of all....

In a quiet neighbourhood, in the house next door, a family is brutally murdered for no apparent reason. You can't help thinking, It could have been us. And you start to wonder: What if we're next?

Promise Falls isn't the kind of community where families are shot to death in their own homes. But how well did Jim and Ellen Cutter really know their neighbours-or the darker secrets of their small town? They don't have to look further than their own marriage to know that things aren't always what they seem. Now the Cutters and their son, Derek, must face the unthinkable: that a murderer isn't just stalking too close to home...but is inside it already.

My Review:

As the Langley family was busy packing up the car for a trip, seventeen-year-old Derek Cutter snuck into the crawlspace when the family thought he'd left. Albert and Donna Langley had a son, Adam, who has been friends with Derek since childhood. The only person who knew Derek had hidden in the Langley's crawlspace was, Penny Tucker, Derek's girlfriend. The two teenagers planned to use the Langley home as a sex get-away for the week.

Derek was so excited to have the Langley's home all to himself for an entire week. He could go home at night after Penny left and return during the day anytime he wanted. He not only looked forward to the uninterrupted sex with Penny, but also talking to her for long stretches of time without anyone telling him what to do. While waiting for Penny to come over, he took a walk through the Langley home.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 2 2008
Format: Audio CD
Experienced and excellent best describes narrator Christopher Lane. He has read more than 150 audio books - thus, you name the genre and he can personify it. He's taken home an Audie Award and an Audiofile Earphones Award - with Too Close To Home he takes listeners on an 11 hour journey as psyches are probed and the unthinkable happens.

Promise Falls is a small town in upstate New York. It's unlike other towns in that area as a triple murder has just been committed, a family is shot to death in what should have been the safety of their home. It was a hot, steamy summer night when the Langley's and their son, Adam, died. Despite the proximity of their homes and the stillness of the night their next-door neighbors, Jim and Ellen Cutter did not hear a thing.

The Cutters believed they knew their neighbors; their sons had been friends; they shared neighborhood gatherings. All of Promise Falls was shocked by this heinous crime, unable to comprehend how it could have happened. If the entire populace is stunned, think how the Cutters might have felt? What is going through their minds?

Author Barclay has crafted a compelling psychological journey. Might Jim Cutter be wondering if the killers had gone to the wrong house, fearing what might happen next? As for Ellen, what of her? Has she kept things from both Jim and herself?

Another explosive page-turner from Linwood Barclay.

- Gail Cooke
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