- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Orion (22 May 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1409120341
- ISBN-13: 978-1409120346
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (743 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Tap on the Window Paperback – 22 May 2014
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[A] killer of a thriller (NEW YORK TIMES)
Sure-fire and highly adroit storytellers as Barclay, whose speciality is to take ordinary people and to gradually dismantle all the meaningful elements in their lives ... This is Barclay firing on all cylinders (FINANCIAL TIMES)
Barclay is excellent at showing how ordinary people doing good deeds can get into terrible trouble (CATHOLIC HERALD)
On a rainy night, a man gives a teenage girl a lift home, but the girl he picks up isn't the same one he drops off . . . Bestseller Linwood Barclay hooks the reader from page one with this suspense masterpieceSee all Product Description
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It's an intriguing start and the direct writing holds you as well for what follows in tense and puzzling missing person investigation that has a few interesting aspects and personal issues that leave quite a few possibilities open. There's the small town setting where everyone knows everybody's business, but there's also a corrupt police force in operation, dispensing their own justice on troublemaking teenagers without feeling the need to trouble the courts, or indeed worrying about the necessary paperwork. And most of the townspeople are fine with that if it helps keeps the streets safe.
There's a good theme here then about justice, about crossing the lines, about how far you go to find things out and cover something up and whether it's not just better for everyone to just look away and let things lie. This attitude however introduces tensions between the Mayor and the Chief of Police and it just so happens that the Chief of Police is Cal's brother-in-law. There's also another personal dimension to Cal's interest in the town's troubles that mean that he can't let things lie. His son died a few years go through misadventure while high on drugs, and Cal wants to get to find out who was supplying and distributing drugs around Griffon.Read more ›
However after a mid -book lull, the tempo did pick up again and the last section truly rattled along, though the ending is without doubt a bit mournful.
So if you're new to Barclay's works, I'd recommend trying one of his earlier ones first. Leave this one till later.
From Cal Weaver's initial truly foolhardy actions in giving a lift to, as it turns out, two girls- one goes missing and one who ends up murdered- Barclay neatly controls the interplay between Weaver's involvement in the subsequent investigation, as a private investigator himself, and the obsessive quest he is currently immersed in to track down those responsible for his son's death. Was it really accidental death? Suicide? Or murder? As the nefarious goings on in the local police department and the wider community are revealed, Weaver's life is thrust into a maelstrom of suspicion and murder. As is usual we are slightly wrong-footed by the events as they reveal themselves, but unfortunately I got a whiff of the guilty party and was sadly proved right- damn my prolific reading of crime books- but I wouldn't say it was too obvious so never fear! I was also racking my brains all the way through about the similarity of the girl-switching plot to something else I have read or seen that rather diluted this element of the plot for me, but there was something that impressed me greatly...Read more ›
Cal Weaver is driving home on a rainy evening, and upon seeing a hitch-hiker, he ignores her. But after she taps on his window and asks "Aren't you Scott's dad?", he realises he can't leave his son's classmate on the side of the road and gives her a lift. On the way home Claire asks to stop at a restroom, but the girl who gets back in the car seems nervous and a lot quieter than the girl who got out. After a while he realises that the girl now in his car is not Claire, and after he lets her out he's even more puzzled. And the next day, the police turn up to ask if he gave a lift to a girl the previous night...a girl who has now been found murdered....
I absolutely LOVED A Tap On The Window! Linwood Barclay's writing is so addictive, and throughout I constantly wanted to discover more. I instantly had so many questions and my mind was buzzing with lots of ideas and feelings about what was going on - Why was there a different girl climbing back into the car? What happened to the first girl Claire?
This is a story where once you pick it up, you won't want to put it down! I was up late at night reading because I was gripped to Cal's story and I desperately wanted to find out the truth about that night and what was going to happen now.
I loved Cal as a character, I really warmed to him - I liked how he was a good guy but at the same time prepared to cross a few lines if it meant getting what he needed. Throughout I was rooting for him to get to the bottom of things and work it all out.Read more ›
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Amazing book, I would 100% recommned- gripping all the way through and didn't drag out.
It was only by chance that I picked up this book – simply a choice made in the moment so that I had enough books for the offer which was currently on – and I can honestly say I was... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Siobhan
This is my second favourite of Linwood's so far, my favourite being 'No Time for Goodbye.' If you enjoyed that- read this.Published 2 months ago by Star
It took me a while to get into this book but when I did wow I didn't want to put it down. Love Barclays books excellent read. Didn't want it to end.Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Julie Rogers
An absolutely brilliant read. Gripping from start to finish and wow what a finish. Loved it.Published 2 months ago by Daisy