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 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 life in that encounter, he finds himself battling PTSD, depression, and severe problems at work. His wife, Charlotte, desperate to cheer him up, brings home a vintage typewriter—complete with ink ribbons and heavy round keys—to encourage him to get started on that novel he’s always intended to write.
However, the typewriter itself is a problem. Paul swears it’s possessed and types by itself at night. But only Paul can hear the noise coming from downstairs; Charlotte doesn’t hear a thing. And she worries he’s going off the rails.
Paul believes the typewriter is somehow connected to the murderer he discovered nearly a year ago. The killer had made his victims type apologies to him before ending their lives. Has another sick twist of fate entwined his life with the killer—could this be the same machine? Increasingly tormented but determined to discover the truth and confront his nightmare, Paul begins investigating the deaths himself.
But that may not be the best thing to do. Maybe Paul should just take the typewriter back to where his wife found it. Maybe he should stop asking questions and simply walk away while he can. . . .
Out July 24, 2018
I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
Boy oh boy!
You want a huge creep factor? Then this one is perfect, just read it with the lights on. Beginning with a slow burn, building tension and an introduction of characters, the story builds and builds from there, all the while creeping the crackers out of you, until it explodes and ties up all twists and turns in a most unexpected and satisfying way…
A perfect thriller! Love, love, loved it!
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2 thoughts on “A NOISE DOWNSTAIRS, by Linwood Barclay, Doubleday Canada”
Great review! I just read this book and I loved it too. That ending was crazy!
OMG! Wasn’t it brilliant?! 🙂