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Too Close to Home [Kindle Edition]

Linwood Barclay
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)

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A superb, lightning-paced thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of NO TIME FOR GOODBYE.



When the Cutter family's next-door-neighbours, the Langleys, are gunned down in their house one hot August night, the Cutters' world is turned upside down. That violent death should have come so close to them is shocking enough in suburban Promise Falls, but at least the Cutters can console themselves with the thought that lightning is unlikely to strike twice in the same place. Unless, of course, the killers went to the wrong house...



At first the idea seems crazy - but each of the Cutter family has a secret they'd rather keep buried. What was on that old computer teenage Derek and his friend Adam Langley had salvaged? And where is it now? What hold does a local professor and bestselling author have on Ellen Cutter? And what does Jim Cutter know about Mrs Langley that even her husband didn't?



To find out who killed the Langleys and why, everybody's secrets are going to have to come out. But the final secret - the secret that could save them or destroy them - is in the one place nobody would ever think of looking...


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A gripping web of deception and intrigue (Fanny Blake WOMAN & HOME)

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'an archetypal page-turner, following every exciting twist with another, yet still finding space for subtle characterisation and humour.' MORNING STAR 'fluent and compelling' -- Paul Connolly LONDONLITE 'rollercoaster ride ... more twists and turns than you think you can handle, leading to an amazing finale that will leave you breathless.' WATERSTONE'S BOOKS QUARTERLY 'thoroughly gripping' IRISH EXAMINER

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Linwood Barclay is the international bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels, including No Safe House, A Tap on the Window, Trust Your Eyes and the Richard & Judy 2008 Summer Read winner and number one bestseller, No Time for Goodbye. He lives near Toronto with his wife.

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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you turning the pages 9 Sept. 2008
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Jim Cutter is shocked when his neighbours, the Langleys, are murdered, but even more shocked when it turns out that Derek his teenage son is keeping a secret about the crime and that all the evidence points to him. As suspicion turns on his family, Jim starts to do some investigating of his own into who might have committed the murders. As he starts to uncover some long-buried secrets, his own life comes under risk.

This is the second book by Linwood Barclay that I have read. I enjoyed No Time for Goodbye, but felt that the ending let it down. Too Close to Home is just as readable but also hangs together better. It's an accomplished mystery that grabs you early and keeps you turning the pages late. Linwood Barclay's writing style is similar to that of Harlan Coben's and the cliffhanger endings to each chapter keep you wanting to read just one more. There are a lot of different strands to the book (at least one of which is a total red herring), and while parts of the mystery are quite predictable, there were a couple of twists that I definitely didn't spot in advance. The final resolution is somewhat far-fetched (so often the case with this genre), but overall it's a clever story that's been well thought through. The central narrator is likeable and the relationship with his teenage son feels very believable.

I do have one significant criticism of this book and it's hard to explain it without giving anything away, but there's one central secret that someone has kept because they thought they would be compromised and I just didn't believe that they would have felt the need to do that. However I still really enjoyed Too Close To Home. I read this book when I was in hospital recently and it was the perfect lightweight diversion. If you like Harlan Coben's books, I'm pretty sure that you will enjoy this too.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable but missing final Ooomph 30 July 2009
By Pat B
Format:Paperback
this was my first Linwood Barclay and I liked it. started off a bit slow but I was engrossed in the middle and couldn't wait to finish it to see what happens. But then I got to the end and have to say that the ending was a bit of a letdown - was expecting something a little more 'thrilling'..especially as I'd guessed the 'Who Dunnit' character 3/4 way through!
Not bad tho...This one won't put me off reading another Barclay book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GRIPPING! 12 Jun. 2012
By poyff
Format:Kindle Edition
I've never been a big reader, mainly due to the fact I can't concentrate long enough to actually finish a book. I was starting to feel like no book would ever be able to hold my attention... until I started to read Too Close To Home.

My intention was to read the prologue to get a general idea of what the book was about and then call it night... 3 hours later, I literally couldn't put it down. By 3am I had to fight myself from reading another chapter and go to bed!

Each chapter is filled with suspense, mystery, unanswered questions and cliff hangers that will make you want to read the next chapter, and the next and the next. If you're going to read this book then set aside enough time, with no interruptions as you will literally not want to stop reading from start to finish.

Brilliant, gripping and I'm happy to say it held my attention throughout. Linwood Barclay is a terrific writer and I can't wait to read another of his books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you turning the pages 2 Mar. 2009
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Jim Cutter is shocked when his neighbours, the Langleys, are murdered, but even more shocked when it turns out that Derek his teenage son is keeping a secret about the crime and that all the evidence points to him. As suspicion turns on his family, Jim starts to do some investigating of his own into who might have committed the murders. As he starts to uncover some long-buried secrets, his own life comes under risk.

This is the second book by Linwood Barclay that I have read. I enjoyed No Time for Goodbye, but felt that the ending let it down. Too Close to Home is just as readable but also hangs together better. It's an accomplished mystery that grabs you early and keeps you turning the pages late. Linwood Barclay's writing style is similar to that of Harlan Coben's and the cliffhanger endings to each chapter keep you wanting to read just one more. There are a lot of different strands to the book (at least one of which is a total red herring), and while parts of the mystery are quite predictable, there were a couple of twists that I definitely didn't spot in advance. The final resolution is somewhat far-fetched (so often the case with this genre), but overall it's a clever story that's been well thought through. The central narrator is likeable and the relationship with his teenage son feels very believable.

I do have one significant criticism of this book and it's hard to explain it without giving anything away, but there's one central secret that someone has kept because they thought they would be compromised and I just didn't believe that they would have felt the need to do that. However I still really enjoyed Too Close To Home. I read this book when I was in hospital recently and it was the perfect lightweight diversion. If you like Harlan Coben's books, I'm pretty sure that you will enjoy this too.

If you enjoyed this book, I recommend Safer by Sean Dolittle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
The first Linwood Barclay book I read was 'A Tap On the Window' (on sale in Sainsbury's for £4.99'); the second 'Too Close to Home'. The third 'Never Look Away'.

The worst by far is 'Too Close to Home' - badly written; poor sentence structure; repetitive phraseology; one-dimensional characters; and ludicrously unbelievable plot lines.

There is not a single likable character in the entire book, and I blame this largely on Barclay's poor writing skills and inability to give different characters well rounded personalities with distinct voices. Having read 3 of his books I see that Barclay uses the same formula: unbelievable major plots; unbelievable sub-plots; silly red-herrings; unbelievable twists; unbelievable finales; cartoon villains; and stupid, illogical characters behaving stupidly and illogically (especially true of the thuggish protagonist in 'Too Close to Home') Furthermore all 3 main protagonists in all 3 books sound exactly the same with the exception that Barclay makes one swear more.

I bought the first book ('A Tap On the Window) because it was so cheap and I wanted some 'easy reading' for my journey to and from work. It wasn't great, but was entertaining enough. The second and third books I bought together because after reading several reviews the general opinion seemed to be that Barclay's other books were far better than Tap On the Window.

They were wrong. Today I finished reading my last ever Barclay book because there's something not quite right when you read a book and wish most of the characters in it a speedy death to put you out of your misery.
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Published 14 days ago by Den
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good .
All revelations expected, the wrong house, Drew following him and being the father of Sherry etc. maybe should mask the clues a bit better.?
Published 1 month ago by Thomas D. Fraser
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I found this book to be very slow starting. After the initial first couple of chapters it goes downhill. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Helen Fog
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great book
I this is my fourth Lindwood Barclay book and again, I've not been able to predict any of twists or storyline.
A great read..on to read my next Linwood Barclay book :)
Published 3 months ago by lydia hewson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
As always a great read from Linwood barclay. Look forward to the next one. I would definitely recommend this one.
Published 3 months ago by Jc
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Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Ji Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
I enjoyed this book it kept you guessing till the last chapter. Good read.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs A C BRIGGS
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Published 4 months ago by PAUL DEAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Another gripping read by Linwood.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. Catherine J. Rayner
5.0 out of 5 stars Too close to home
I chose this book as i have enjoyed all.of Linwood Barclays books. He didnt disappointment me. Another good book. Read within two days
Published 5 months ago by denzal
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