A Noise Downstairs

A Noise Downstairs

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"The internationally bestselling author of No Time for Goodbye returns with a haunting psychological thriller that blends the twists and chills of Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe with the driving suspense of Dennis Lehane and Harlan Coben, in which a man hears sounds that quite possibly emanate from the dead. Paul Davis is hearing some very strange noises in the night. He hears the clickety-click of a manual typewriter--as if someone is vigorously tapping the keys. The eerie sounds began soon after his wife, Charlotte, bought him a classic antique Underwood. But only Paul can hear the noise coming from downstairs; Charlotte doesn't hear anything unusual. Is Paul losing his mind? Maybe. Or is something really there? Eight months ago, he stumbled upon Connecticut's infamous "Apology Killer"--a psychopath who forced his victims to typewrite personal apologies to him before he cut their throats--disposing of two mutilated bodies on Milford's Post Road. Most shocking of all, the killer was his colleague, someone he thought he knew. Paul's been seeing a therapist for months to recover from the nearly fatal encounter, but his nerves and short-term memory have suffered since the traumatic encounter. There's only one way to learn if the noises are real or a figment of his hyper-imagination. One night, Paul rolls a sheet of paper into the machine. The next morning, when he checks the page, there is a chilling message: "We typed our apologies like he asked but he killed us anyway." As he desperately searches to find a rational explanation for the note and the noises, Paul slowly begins to consider the unthinkable: The message is authentic, and the women butchered by his colleague are reaching out to him from beyond the grave."--
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780385687188
Characteristics: 356 pages ,24 cm.


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Oct 30, 2019

A ho hum thriller that is missing thrills. Few surprises and a very thin plot. The entire “problem” that was baffling everyone in the storyline could have easily been solved with a hidden camera. I am a fan of Linwood Barclay, but I found only the final quarter of the book exciting.

Sep 08, 2019

A Noise Downstairs: A new paperback by one of my favourite authors, never opened... I’ll read for just a few minutes before bed, I think. The book grabs me with a grip out of proportion to its small size. An hour and a half later, one-third through the book, at the end of a chapter when the sticky strands tying me to the story are thinnest I manage to shut the book for the night.
I enjoyed this book, although a few times I thought I'd put it down because it was beginning to feel like horror and I don't read horror any more. I appreciated the representation of the long term effects of brain injury and trauma, not being able to trust one's memory or perceptions. I am on alert when there is a psychologist character in a novel because I dread a representation of therapy that will prevent people from seeking help. In this story, the psychologist working out of her home had way too little separation between work and home, but it was not too cringe-worthy. By the end I was feeling grateful for my simple little life filled with kind people.

Jun 21, 2019

2018; William Morrow/HarperCollins
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For me, this was easy to figure out who did it (too many Dateline episodes!) - minus one star. Solving the mystery is not a deal breaker for me, as then it becomes a Colombo episode (working it backward). I found the plot weak. It seemed to have a beginning and ending and everything else was forced in whether it worked or not - minus another star. Barclay keeps me reading and has interesting ideas so I will always read one his books.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

Mar 30, 2019

Spoiler Alert: A disappointment given some of the reviews I had read, which sent me in search of this novel. The gaslighting plot line was relatively obvious from about the midpoint of the plot, which was made worse by the fact that it was, in the end, obfuscated by a similarly too-familiar "vengeful wife spurned on by jealousy of biblical proportions" twist. I kept reading with hope I was wrong about my assumptions, but sadly in this case a duck was little more than a duck when all was said and done.

Mar 17, 2019

Holy Moses! I didn't see that coming! You allow Linwood Barclay and A Noise Downstairs to lead you ever so gently - like a complacent sheep - to a place you think you're going, then drop you off a cliff you never expected was there!

4 stars, B+ as there were some parts that drag just a little and some that seem out of place and a different voice that the one we know from Linwood Barclay

Feb 19, 2019

I enjoyed this book but it was a departure from Linwood Barclay’s typical writing style. The storyline was not new but it kept you wanting to read to the end where there was a surprising twist.

Dec 29, 2018

A very entertaining thriller.

Nov 26, 2018

Barclay has written some amazing books. This is not one of them. The characters were weak and lacking in personality. The story is gripping at first but then turns into an unbelievable mix of ghosts and evil. It seems to me it was written in a rush, with far less creativity and insight into the characters' personalities than some of his previous books.
Still, it will keep you guessing to the end.

Nov 20, 2018

If you really want to waste your time on this utterly predictable and poorly written “thriller”, then save yourself some time: read up to chapter 22 then skip to chapter 46 and finish the book by skim reading to the end. You won’t miss a thing.

Chapel_Hill_TracyB Oct 31, 2018

I love Linwood Barclay and don't think he gets nearly enough attention. I like to suggest him for fans of Harlan Coben, but he really does have his own take on the thriller/suspense novel. This one was especially good, and a bit of a departure for Barclay. When Paul starts hearing the old typewriter his wife got him clicking away in the middle of the night, it seems impossible that it could be anything but ghosts. Like a locked door mystery, he and his wife are certain no one could have gotten in. Which leaves ghosts, or the possibility that Paul is going crazy after the terrifying even that kicks off the book. Either way, this is a page-turner that I guarantee will keep you from guessing all of the twists.

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