Too Close to Home Hardcover – Sep 30 2008
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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.See all Product Description
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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!
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.
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.Read more ›
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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like Linwood Barclay and enjoyed his article in the Toronto Star. A good read and I do read them all.Published 14 months ago by Donna
I hate thrillers where the main characters deliberately withhold evidence to further advance a plot. Lazy predictable writing. I couldn't finish this book.Published 24 months ago by Greenboots
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My Review: Linwood Barclay is a Canadian author who has been equated... Read more
kept me guessing through-out the whole story! good one! Linwood is a wonderful.... who dunnit! I love his style of suspense.Published on July 7 2013 by patti mccormack
I read a couple of the reviews that people left. I bought the book but I just didn't read it before a couple of months later....I re-read the two top comments.... Read morePublished on April 8 2011 by Debbie Venton
I will forgo a synopsis of the book as its provided by the publisher or other reviewers. While the book has an interesting plot, good suspense and is a fairly successful page... Read morePublished on May 8 2010 by Darryl J. Carpenter
I've read plenty of praise out there for Linwood Barclay's Too Close to Home and I haven't agreed with much of it. Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2009 by R. Hansen
I was hooked from the first page of this book. It's a definite page turner. I especially liked the dialogue that's written how "real" people talk. Read morePublished on Sept. 22 2009 by K. Stumpf