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  • Yes, you will be scared!

    A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay is a must-read psychological thriller with so many twists and turns you’ll lose count. Is it somebody? Is it something? Does that typewriter have a mind of its own or are those voices from beyond? The cover says, “There’s a noise downstairs . . . and it’s not what you think,” and that’s about all you can say. And that you will change what you think over and over and over. To say more would give it all away. Paul suffered physically and emotionally from an attack by Kenneth, and he can’t get past it. His wife Charlotte had been growing distant but the attack seems to have brought them closer together. His son Josh is entering “The Terrible Tens” and is difficult, but the attack on his father seriously affected him. Paul’s therapist Anna helps as much as she can, but she has problems of her own, including caring for her father Frank who suffers from dementia. One of her other patients, Gavin, is more than creepy; he’s scary and possibly dangerous. Paul is not as close to his old friend (and Charlotte’s current colleague) Bill as he once was, but Bill is there for Paul. Pay close attention to these and all the other characters you will meet, because they will all play important roles, and each and every one of them will keep you guessing until the very end. A Noise Downstairs grabs you from the start. The suspense starts building right away and never really lets up. You don’t know what to expect but you have the feeling something bad is about to happen. And this is a feeling you will experience several times throughout the book. When Paul confronts Kenneth you are as astonished and scared as he is. You shiver whenever Gavin shows up. And as you learn more about Paul you begin to wonder if he had other issues before the attack and may somehow be responsible for some of what is happening to him now. I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend A Noise Downstairs. I read the last half in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down. Thanks to author Linwood Barclay and LibraryThing for an advance copy of A Noise Downstairs in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Fast-Paced Read

    Linwood Barclay is one of my go-to authors for a good suspense thriller, and this book did not disappoint. Filled with complicated characters, mysterious happenings, and nonstop action, A NOISE DOWNSTAIRS is a fast-paced read that will keep you guessing until the very end. Disclosure: I won an uncorrected advance copy of this book in a giveaway.

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