A Noise Downstairs

A Noise Downstairs

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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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. . . .
Publisher: 2018
ISBN: 9780062678270
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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DW_kcls
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

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Zoelexi777
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.

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daysleeper236
Dec 29, 2018

A very entertaining thriller.

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JLMason
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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reader7176
Oct 18, 2018

I have read almost all of this author books. Not sure if it was just me, but I did not grasp the first couple chapters of this book. Put it down and read other books. When I picked it up again I got the story line and continued reading. Really enjoyed this book once my brain kicked in. Really enjoy all the books written by this author.

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hopsing
Sep 10, 2018

This is the first book by this author in which I was disappointed. Much of the plot was a little too obvious. It felt like it was a book written in a hurry.

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bill970
Sep 06, 2018

Wow. So many positive comments on this book!
I've read all of Barkclay's novels & enjoyed every one of them... until now.
I just could not empathize with the main character.
I tried.

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DELVEVD
Sep 04, 2018

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book, Linwood Barclay hits it out of the park again, i read it in 3 days, could not put it down, excellent read!

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RescueDog
Aug 20, 2018

I thought the book was excellent! Great creepy story with several plot-lines. The ending made complete sense. Enough characters to keep the story interesting, but not so many that I couldn’t keep track of them. Very well written.

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