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Too Close To Home [Kindle Edition]

Linwood Barclay
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 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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Review

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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'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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 968 KB
  • Print Length: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (5 Feb. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002S0KBSG
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,981 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD MYSTERY ...... PAGE TURNER ....... 18 Sept. 2009
By Mrs. C. Colbert VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
When the Cutters' neighbours, Mr and Mrs Langley and their young son Adam, are brutally murdered in cold blood everyone is shocked and when the police discover that 17 year old Derek Cutter was hiding in their house at the time of the killings he then becomes the prime suspect. His friend Adam's computer is missing; what has that got to do with his mother's boss; and could a young man's suicide somehow be linked to the novel that was on the missing computer? Did the killers go to the wrong address - should they have been looking for the Cutters house instead?

Derek's father, Jim Cutter, is determined to prove his son's innocence and it seems that everyone has secrets to hide, even Jim...........

This is the 2nd Linwood Barclay book I've read - his debut novel was No Time For Goodbye which was a Richard & Judy pick. This is very similar in many ways: it starts with a mystery and the reveal is very slowly and tantalisingly uncovered with twists and turns along the way. The main narrator, Jim Cutter, was incredibly likeable, honest, protective of his family, talked in mono-syllables, and did not suffer fools lightly; sounds like my kind of guy!

I always think that with these kind of books (suspense, mystery) that the reveal is never going to match up to all the build-up throughout the novel, and Too Close to Home is no exception. Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed it, Linwood Barclay's fast writing had me hooked from the start, and I didn't guess the plot, but I just felt there was something missing and I'm not sure what it was!

However, if you enjoyed No Time for Goodbye or Sophie Hannah's books then I think you'd like this just as much.
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