“Hits-Stores-Tomorrow” Review: A Tap on the Window

5 August, 2013 / 1 Comment

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A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay

My Copy: ARC PDF eBook, 424 pages
Publication Date: August 6, 2013 (tomorrow!)
Publisher: NAL
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Adult | Mystery Suspense/Thriller

The new thriller by the #1 international bestselling author hailed by Stephen King as “a suspense master.”

Hailed as “a suspense master” by Stephen King, Linwood Barclay now reveals the dark side of a small town—and the even darker secrets that hide there…

It’s been two months since private investigator Cal Weaver’s teenage son Scott died in a tragic accident. Ever since, he and his wife have drifted apart, fracturing a once normal life. Cal is mired in grief, a grief he can’t move past. And maybe his grief has clouded his judgment. Because driving home one night, he makes his first big mistake.

A girl drenched in rain taps on his car window and asks for a ride as he sits at a stoplight. Even though he knows a fortysomething man picking up a teenage hitchhiker is a fool, he lets her in. She’s the same age as Scott, and maybe she can help Cal find the dealer who sold his son the drugs that killed him. After a brief stop at a roadside diner, Cal senses that something’s not right with the girl or the situation. But it’s too late. He’s already involved.

Now Cal is drawn into a nightmare of pain and suspicion. Something is horribly wrong in the small town of Griffon in upstate New York. There are too many secrets there, too many lies and cover-ups. And Cal has decided to expose those secrets one by one.

That’s his second big mistake.

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I was in no way compensated for this review. I received a 
copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Review

I’ve been a fan of Linwood Barclay ever since I read his book, No Time For Goodbye, many years ago.  I have been meaning to read more of his books since then, but never actually got around to it (you know how it is!) until I saw this book on Edelweiss.  So, I was pretty excited to read another of his books!  I thought the story was very well done.  Very mysterious, suspenseful, and had a bit of an eerie sense to it.  The story is narrated by Cal Weaver, a private detective, who starts out looking into who sold the drugs to his son — the drugs that Cal assumes caused his son to take his own life.  Cal does some very questionable things on his search to uncover the truth.  It’s safe to say that Cal and his wife, Donna, are not dealing with their son’s death in a healthy way.  The story continues with Cal giving a ride to a girl, Claire, who knew his son.  And things go very awry from there on and Cal spends the rest of the novel investigating the strange happenings.
I’m not sure what exactly my opinion of Cal is.  It was definitely easy to sympathize with him and his wife, after losing their son.  But, as I said, he does not deal with the tragedy very well and, in turn, does some questionable things that may cause a person not to like him very much or relate to him.  However, he is not a completely unlikeable character either.  He’s just kind of there and tells a very interesting and suspenseful story that you will want to keep reading about.
Barclay is an excellent storyteller.  He does not give anything away and keeps everything very mysterious right up until the end.  Even when you think you’ve got it all figured out, along with the narrator, then boom!  Nope.  Wrong!  You are completely taken aback and surprised at the final discoveries.  I love that.  I love it when novels can surprise me and constantly keep me on my toes.
I would recommend A Tap on the Window to lovers of Mystery and Suspense.  Barclay is very good at what he does and I can’t wait to read more of his books in the future!  Once I got to about the halfway-mark of this book, I could not put it down.  Everything just went crazy and things were being uncovered, while also keeping other things a mystery…and I just had to keep reading!
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