A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay

A Noise Downstairs

byLinwood Barclay

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The internationally bestselling author of No Time for Goodbye returns with a haunting psychological thriller that blends the twists and chills of Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe with the driving suspense of Dennis Lehane and Harlan Coben, in which a man hears sounds that quite possibly emanate from the dead.

Paul Davis is hearing some very strange noises in the night. He hears the clickety-click of a manual typewriter--as if someone is vigorously tapping the keys. The eerie sounds began soon after his wife, Charlotte, bought him a classic antique Underwood. But only Paul can hear the noise coming from downstairs; Charlotte doesn't hear anything unusual.

Is Paul losing his mind? Maybe. Or is something really there? Eight months ago, he stumbled upon Connecticut's infamous "Apology Killer"--a psychopath who forced his victims to typewrite personal apologies to him before he cut their throats--disposing of two mutilated bodies on Milford's Post Road. Most shocking of all, the killer was his colleague, someone he thought he knew. Paul's been seeing a therapist for months to recover from the nearly fatal encounter, but his nerves and short-term memory have suffered since the traumatic event.

There's only one way to learn if the noises are real or a figment of his hyper-imagination. One night, Paul rolls a sheet of paper into the machine. The next morning, when he checks the page, there is a chilling message:

"We typed our apologies like he asked but he killed us anyway."

As he desperately searches to find a rational explanation for the note and the noises, Paul slowly begins to consider the unthinkable: The message is authentic, and the women butchered by his colleague are reaching out to him from beyond the grave.

Title:A Noise DownstairsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 24, 2018Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping, dark, twisted thriller! A Noise Downstairs was an incredible book that I devoured from beginning to end. The title was perfect for this book and many times I got the chills and was creeped out from the eerie and mysterious typewriter. I would definitely get spooked out if a seemingly normal typewriter was making noises in the middle of the night and leaving me chilling, mysterious typed letters in the morning. How creepy is that!? It was a great story from the very first page and will keep you hooked until you turn that very last page. This was the first novel I have read by Linwood Barclay and I am now one of his newest fans. I definitely want to read more of his work after reading this book. The main character Paul and his wife Charlotte are very likeable characters. Paul is struggling with his memory and what he had gone through and is trying to live his life day by day with the help of his son Josh and his wife. There were many twists and turns in this book to keep the reader interested and wanting to know what would happen next. A dark thriller that will have you reading late into the night to see what will happen next. Will Paul solve the mystery of the creepy typewriter? Who exactly is typing those creepy, bone-chilling messages for Paul late in the night? Are the messages trying to tell him a story or are they sending him a warning? Without giving away any spoilers you’ll have to read this book yourself to find out. I definitely recommend this book to fans of psychological thrillers. You will not be disappointed!
Date published: 2018-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind Riveting!! A MUST READ This book was AMAZING ! Finished in 3 days - (since i had to work or would've finished earlier) It was fascinating ! I thought i had this book figured out but WOW at the end it threw me right through a loop i never saw coming ! I actually yelled out loud once " what the heck!" and "Oh my god " several times while reading ! ITS A MUST READ!
Date published: 2018-11-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring I'd never read anything by this author before and I think this has turned me off from reading anything by him again. Ugh, this was so boring and verbose, with cliched dialogue all throughout. Way too much time spent in the characters' heads as they decide if they're going to basically accomplish anything. This did not create the momentum to keep reading or the page-turning effect, and I did indeed spend the majority of the book skipping entire sections at a time without feeling as though I'd missed much (spoiler alert: I hadn't). As tends to be the case with me and the majority of thrillers/mysteries I pick up, I knew VERY early on 'whodunnit' and why. I think by page 30 this time. Such a let down, such predictable characters or 'plot twists' thrown in to bait and switch the reader. I don't know how anyone doesn't see 'it' coming. I also found at some points the author to make thinly veiled jabs at his own literary circle... I liked nothing about this. I would never recommend this book or author for a decent thrilling read.
Date published: 2018-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is hands down the best book I have ever read It normally takes me one week to finish a ~320-page book if I am really into it. It took me 3 days to finish that one. If that, alone with the fact that this book made me sleep at 4 AM, was not enough, I returned the three books that I bought after that one. Warning: If you want to read that book, you may not like any book you read after! Very original, full of twists, and keeps the reader engaged.
Date published: 2018-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thoroughly enjoyable! The kind of book that you want to keep reading! Did figure out some of the plot as I read but not everything. There were definatly unexepected twists. Not a feel good story with a happy ending but a thrilling one nonetheless.
Date published: 2018-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unpredictable and Suspenseful Throughout! If you like a suspenseful and thrilling mystery read, look no farther (and read no more of this review). I will not give any spoilers away but I strongly encourage fans of this genre to just go and pick up this novel and to pick it up blindly without having any background. This style of read is always the best to go into with little detail because you know, as a reader, it will take no time at all before you start making our own predictions. With that disclaimer and warning aside, I do have some thoughts. As can be assumed from that introduction, I really enjoyed this novel. It was the perfect thriller that maintained the suspense and unpredictability throughout. Even when the story and climax eventually unfolded, there was still so many layers and so much left to be uncovered. I swear, that last quarter (or last third) of the novel was surprise after surprise, yet at the same time, all of those surprises did not seem farfetched to the story and everything seemed plausible. I made my own prediction due to my own suspicions early in the novel and I don't know how I came to that conclusion because it was outlandish. With that prediction, I was correct, but again was still left uncertain with that prediction through the whole story. Even when I had answers, I was left in surprise and found myself only partially correct. As I read many thrillers, I find myself typically able to predict quite a few outcomes and endings. However, I think this novel is different and many will not be able to predict the ending (even fellow thriller veterans). I think, if anything, like me, readers may be able to predict part of the story but not the integrated network of surprises that eventually are explained. I definitely would recommend this to those that enjoy a read that is suspenseful and mysterious which keeps you on the edge of your seat. This novel would be excellent specifically for this time of year (autumn and winter) but would also be enjoyable year round. ***Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review***
Date published: 2018-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down Okay, I do have to say that I figured out the whos and the whys really early on in the book BUT I still couldn't put it down and there was a twist at the end that I wasn't expecting at all! This is a terrific read. I even missed my subway stop one day while I was reading because I was so engrossed. ;) Taking away one star only because there was a character who really served no purpose to the plot and his part was tied-up in a way that made me feel that the author didn't know what to do with him anymore.
Date published: 2018-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book I loved this thriller! I couldn’t put it down. This story was super creepy. I couldn’t tell if Paul was going crazy or if things were actually happening to him. It was hard to tell. At first, I couldn’t tell why the narrative switched between Paul and other characters, mostly Anna White. It’s clear why at the end, so there was a good reason. I kept thinking about how this story would have been so different if it had a woman as the main character. Many thrillers with female main characters imply that the woman is going crazy, and it’s much more frustrating. Usually she ends up having a drug or alcohol problem as well, such as in The Woman in the Window. I liked this story with a male main character much better. I feel like the other people in his life weren’t as hard on him, as they are when there is a woman who seems to be going crazy. I loved the twists at the end. It all made sense, but it was pretty complicated. I really enjoyed this story. I received a copy of this book from the publisher.
Date published: 2018-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down Linwood Barclay is one of my favorite authors, this is one of his best. So suspenseful and chilling, I couldn't not put this book down.
Date published: 2018-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A nail-biting thriller which surprises you Nightmares are haunting Paul Davis and he is struggling to move on with his life after a violent near-death experience. It is a long road to recovery and in hope to get better, he is encouraged by his wife to write about his experience and face the nightmares which keep him up at night. But the nightmares have a different agenda and an old typewriter is ready to drive him to madness. The dreams are no longer dreams and the nightmares have plunged their claws into his reality. Paul is seeking help but will he find it before it is too late and lose his mind? This was a nail-biting thriller which surprised me. The writing is superb and the characters well defined. There are hints here and there to solve the mystery; breadcrumbs which can easily be missed. The story is solid, logical and realistic. It deals with the struggles of PTS patient, the challenges they face every day, and the fragility of the mind. Great book!
Date published: 2018-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Noise Downstairs Really enjoyed this one. It was suspenseful and I did not expect the ending. Looking forward to checking out some other books by this author.
Date published: 2018-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome read! First book I've read by this author. I couldn't put it down and didn't predict the ending. So enjoy! Great quick read!
Date published: 2018-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Diabolical This book was more than a psychological thriller - it was absolutely hair raising and spine tingling. It was hard to put down and I just kept turning the pages as the depth of the torment revealed itself. This was a stellar accomplishment by Barclay and far surpasses his recent 'Twenty Three' trilogy.
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from chlling A chilling book with a complex hero. Not to be read if you are alone in the house
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! This book was a great read. I was hooked from the very start. It has no problem holding my attention.
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Riveting College professor Paul Davis is a normal guy with a normal life. Until, driving along a deserted road late one night, he surprises a murderer disposing of a couple of bodies. That’s when Paul’s "normal" existence is turned upside down. After nearly losing his own life in that encounter, he finds himself battling PTSD, depression, and severe problems at work. His wife, Charlotte, desperate to cheer him up, brings home a vintage typewriter—complete with ink ribbons and heavy round keys—to encourage him to get started on that novel he’s always intended to write.
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This was an easy book to read and follow , enjoyed every second of it.
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read A great read, well written and really draws your attention
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Did you hear that..... I've been eagerly awaiting Linwood Barclay's latest book - A Noise Downstairs. It's just released and it's one you're going to want to pick up! Eight months ago Paul Davis almost died at the hands of the 'Apology Killer' - a murderer who made his victims type out an apology to him before they died. Still recovering, Paul begins hearing the clicking of his Underwood's keys in the night.....and his wife Charlotte can't hear it. What a delicious premise! Is Paul still feeling the effects of his head injury? He's still losing time and memories. Is he also losing his mind? Or is something or someone trying to contact him via the typewriter? "Just think of all the things that may have been written on this....A machine like this, it has a soul, you know." Lots of possibilities and directions the story could take! I love the idea of everyday, inanimate objects taking on a malevolent presence. There's something especially frightening about noises in the night. Noises waking you from a dead sleep. Unexplained noises downstairs. Undertones of Stephen King. The group of supporting characters are all just as questionable - especially Paul's psychiatrist and one of her patients named Gavin. He's particularly creepy. I trusted none of them - including Charlotte. I began to have my suspicions as the book progressed and thought things would play out a certain way. They did and they didn't - Barclay surprised me with an abrupt turn and a twist at the end. Didn't see that coming! It's so nice to be caught unawares. Barclay's storytelling is so addictive - I had a hard time putting A Noise Downstairs down. Get settled into your favourite reading chair - you won't be getting up anytime soon!
Date published: 2018-07-24