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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:
"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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Overall if you like a mystery but aren’t too bothered with the details- this is for you.
Perhaps it was due to my inflated expectations that I didn’t find the story anywhere near as spine-tingling and creepy as I had hoped, even though it started off very promising. Paul Davis, a college professor and average guy-next-door type, narrowly escapes being murdered himself when he stumbles across one of his colleagues who is in the process of burying the bodies of two women. Suffering a severe head injury after a blow to the head with a shovel, it is no wonder that Paul has a hard time recovering from the trauma. Not only must he bear the psychological scars, but his memory has never been the same since. When he begins hearing strange typing sounds in the night coming from the old typewriter his wife bought him to cheer him up, he initially thinks it’s all in his head. Until someone suggests that he put a piece of paper in the machine to see what the typewriter has to tell him ...
If you think this sounds creepy – yes, it was, to a point. Unfortunately the typewriter mystery is resolved about ¾ into the book, after which I felt the story lagging for me. Despite some clever twists at the end, I could see the main one coming from a long way off, which also diluted the scare factor for me. I am trying not to give anything away, so will have to leave it at that. However, I admit that I was a lot more intrigued by one of the supporting characters, Gavin, a sociopath who attends the same psychologist that is treating Paul. Oh boy, that man is seriously disturbed and a lot more interesting than Paul himself – I could read a book based on his character alone, and it would probably make for a significantly creepier read.
Seeing the high ratings this book received by other reviewers, it may have been a case of “it’s-not-you-it’s-me” scenario. No matter how desperately I wanted to be chilled and thrilled, it just didn’t happen for me. Seeing how I have one of these rusty old typewriters sitting in my office, I may change my tune if it suddenly starts sending me sinister messages in the dead of the night. Which may make me change my mind. Until then, only three stars from me, for an ok read that made for easy listening on a long train journey.
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This book bored me.
Unoriginal, totally figured it all out halfway through.
£9.99 for a kindle download too!
This was more of a psychological drama than the intriguing mysteries the author usually writes so maybe if you’re a fan of that genre and are coming to Barclay for the first time, you may enjoy it. However, if you’re looking for vintage Barclay, you won’t find it here.