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A Tap on the Window Hardcover – August 6, 2013
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When Cal Weaver spots hitchhiking teenager Claire Saunders, his instincts scream that he should just get her a cab, but Claire’s vulnerability nudges the private investigator’s grief over his son’s recent death, and he offers to drive her home. In those few moments of Cals grief-clouded judgment, Claire makes Cal an unwitting instrument in her intricate plot to disappear. The next day, Claire’s best friend, Hanna, is found murdered after disguising herself as Claire to provide diversion for Claires escape. When police target Cal for Hanna’s murder, he knows that finding Claire and discovering why she ran is the only way to keep them both safe. The most obvious lead is the feud between the town’s mayor, who is Claire’s father, and the police chief over accusations of police brutality, but Cal feels he’s missing something. The characters and small-town New York setting are vividly rendered, and that credibility shifts this thriller’s premise from far-fetched to plausibly weird. Another success for Barclay, with unfettered storytelling, rapid pacing, and sympathetic characters primed to please hordes of eager summer readers. --Christine Tran
“Some days, all you really want is for someone to tell you a wicked-good story. Linwood Barclay answers the reader’s perpetual prayer.”—The New York Times Book Review
Praise for Trust Your Eyes
One of the Boston Globe’s 10 Best Crime Books of the Year
One of Library Journal’s Best Thrillers of the Year
“A tale Hitchcock would have loved...riveting, frequently scary, occasionally funny, and, surprisingly, wonderfully tender.”—Stephen King
“No one can thrill you and chill you better than Linwood Barclay. Trust me when I say you won’t want to miss [this].”—Tess Gerritsen
“One of the best thrillers of the year...where nothing and no one is all that they seem.”—Lisa Gardner
“Expertly plotted…superior entertainment.”—The Washington Post
“Delivers shocks and surprises at every turn…one of the best thrillers of the year.”—The Associated Press
“An up-to-the-moment thrill ride.…I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.”—William Landay
“Twist-driven thrillers with explosive action are a hallmark of Linwood Barclay, and Trust Your Eyes could very well be his best.”—USA Today
“Dazzling...an artist at the top of his game.”—Joseph Finder
“Should vault him into the top rank of thriller writers.”—Booklist (starred review)
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As the book opens, Cal is still numb over the loss of his teenaged son, who struggled with drugs and alcohol. While Cal and his wife try to cope with the loss, He becomes embroiled in an odd situation. One night a young woman asks Cal for a ride home. He knows it's not a good idea, but when she tells him she knew his son, he says yes. When the girl later disappears, Cal feels partially responsible, and his search for her leads him to the mayor's door and on the bad side of the police chief -- his brother-in-law!
I loved the first person narration. Cal is a decemt guy and an intelligent observer. The book is fast paced, but occasionally we take a breath when he sums up or analyzes what's happening, so I enjoyed the action and the pauses.
Barclay is a dependably thrilling author. If you like his other books, you will likely appreciate A Tap on the Window.
Having said that, I found A Tap on the Window to be by far his worst effort. The writing is fine, but the plot is much less interesting than usual, and there's no humor at all. In fact, the book is dark in a way that left me surprisingly discouraged at the end. With luck, Barclay will return to his old ways and leave private investigator Cal Weaver as a one off never to be heard from again.
A tap on the window is an excellent read that will keep you guessing until the very end.
I highly recommend A tap on the window to all my friends. And any book written by this talented author. I plan to read every book that Mr. Barclay has written.
What could have been an inventive look at the darkness in a small town in upstate New York became overrun with people struggling to resolve personal issues, rogue cops, unbelievable crimes against one another, and a sloppy investigation. Although these elements make for some entertaining chapters, it is not a great work and largely forgettable.