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Noise Downstairs Hardcover – 24 July 2018

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  • Hardcover : 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0062678256
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062678256
  • Product Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.97 x 22.86 cm
  • Publisher : William Morrow & Company (24 July 2018)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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Praise for No Time for Goodbye:
"A deliciously smart thriller, full of surprises and perfect pacing. I'm jealous I didn't write it."--Alafair Burke

"[A] fast-paced psychological thriller . . . Barclay carefully conceals hidden motives and secret lives until the startling conclusion. Harlan Coben fans will find much to like."--Publishers Weekly

"Artfully crafted."--New York Times Book Review

"A terrific edge-of-your-seat Hitchcockian psychological thriller that lives up to all the hype."--New York Journal of Books

"[Barclay] does a masterful job of layering on the mysteries until we're almost frantically turning the pages, impatient to find out what the hell is going on. A beautifully executed thriller."--Booklist (starred review)

"Prepare to be blindsided by an ending you didn't see coming. Barclay's nerve-wracking tale will have readers scared to close their eyes at night."--Library Journal

"Barclay is a master of manipulation. . . . Predictable becomes unpredictable in this compelling book that echoes the best of Harlan Coben."--Associated Press

"Creepy and compelling. . . . Barclay expertly weaves together the various plot strands to reach a wholly unexpected conclusion."--The Guardian

"Full of twists and turns."--Parade, "Books We Love"

"Predictable becomes unpredictable in this compelling book that echoes the best of Harlan Coben."--Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers

From the Back Cover

The New York Times bestselling author of No Time for Goodbye returns with a haunting psychological thriller in which a man is troubled by odd sounds for which there are no rational explanations

Be afraid . . .

College professor Paul Davis is a normal guy with a normal life. But that normal existence is turned upside down late one evening when he spots his colleague Kenneth driving in a suspicious manner along a deserted road. Curious and concerned, Paul follows Kenneth, and catches him in a horrifying act--trying to dispose of two dead bodies.

That was eight months ago.

After nearly losing his own life that night, Paul is battling PTSD, depression, and severe problems at work and home. To cheer him up, his worried wife, Charlotte, gives him a surprise present: a vintage typewriter--complete with ink ribbons and heavy round keys--because he's always wanted one. Paul feels inspired to write about the terrifying experience that damaged his life. "If I can look into the eyes of evil in the real world," Paul explains, "maybe I won't have to run from it in my sleep."

However, the typewriter soon becomes a source of anxiety itself. Paul swears he can hear the keys clacking in the early hours of the morning when everyone is in bed. Charlotte and his son deny playing with the old-fashioned machine or hearing any strange sounds. It is only Paul who can hear the noise he swears is coming from downstairs. Are Paul's claims real--or is he going off the rails as Charlotte fears?

Paul believes that the typewriter is connected to the dark events that night on the Post Road, as implausible as that seems. After all, Kenneth is in prison and he worked alone. So how could the typewriter have anything to do with the crime? Increasingly tormented yet determined to discover the truth, Paul begins reinvestigating the deaths himself.

But that may not be the best thing to do. Maybe Paul should just get rid of the typewriter. Maybe he should stop asking questions and simply walk away while he can. Because if he doesn't, his darkest nightmares just might come true.

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