There are three things you need to know about Paul Davis. Firstly, he was brutally attacked by his friend - a friend he caught in the dead of night attempting to dispose of two mutilated bodies. Secondly, Paul has been hearing noises – noises that he shouldn’t be hearing, noises that no one else hears, noises that have no reasonable explanation. Lastly, nothing in his life is as it seems – not the murders that landed his colleague in jail and him in a therapist's office; not the typewriter his wife gave him as a gift to inspire him; not even the chronic memory problems he’s experienced since he was knocked out. Worse even, there’s a possibility he may never find out. Linwood Barclay’s A Noise Downstairs will have you guessing until the very last page just what is haunting the life of our broken protagonist.
- Tianna— From Tianna's Recs
August 2018 Indie Next List
“If you’re looking for a wild ride, look no further, because you’re not going to get wilder than A Noise Downstairs. For a book that seems to have a little of everything — unresolved trauma, untrustworthy characters, a mysterious typewriter, and a hefty dose of the paranormal — Barclay tells his story with a smooth ease that will pull you through the pages at a breakneck speed. And, well, no spoilers, but the ending will blow your socks clean off.”
— Marya Johnston, Out West Books, Grand Junction, CO
The New York Times bestselling author of No Time for Goodbye returns with a haunting psychological thriller that blends the twists and turns of Gillian Flynn with the driving suspense of Harlan Coben, in which a man is troubled by odd sounds for which there is no rational explanation.
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.
However, the typewriter itself is a problem. Paul swears it’s possessed and types by itself at night. But only Paul can hear the noise coming from downstairs; Charlotte doesn’t hear a thing. And she worries he’s going off the rails.
Paul believes the typewriter is somehow connected to the murderer he discovered nearly a year ago. The killer had made his victims type apologies to him before ending their lives. Has another sick twist of fate entwined his life with the killer—could this be the same machine? Increasingly tormented but determined to discover the truth and confront his nightmare, Paul begins investigating the deaths himself.
But that may not be the best thing to do. Maybe Paul should just take the typewriter back to where his wife found it. Maybe he should stop asking questions and simply walk away while he can. . . .
About the Author
Linwood Barclay is the author of eighteen previous novels, and two thrillers for children. A New York Times bestselling author, his books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. He wrote the screenplay adaptation for his novel Never Saw it Coming and his book The Accident has been made into a TV series in France. His novel No Time for Goodbye was a global bestseller. Born and raised in Connecticut, he now lives in Toronto with his wife, Neetha.
“Linwood Barclay’s novels – as intelligent as Michael Connelly’s, as compelling as Harlan Coben’s – never fail to astonish. A Noise Downstairs, his best work yet, is a cobra of a story: smooth, slippery, unnerving . . . and likely to strike when you least expect it. I devoured this book.”
— A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
“Vintage Barclay – A Noise Downstairs is an utterly compelling read with a twist you won’t see coming. I loved it!”
— Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of A Stranger in the House and The Couple Next Door
“[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
“A terrific edge-of-your-seat Hitchcockian psychological thriller that lives up to all the hype.”
— New York Journal of Books
— New York Times Book Review
“Barclay is a master of manipulation. . . . Predictable becomes unpredictable in this compelling book that echoes the best of Harlan Coben.”
— Associated Press
“[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
“Creepy and compelling. . . . Barclay expertly weaves together the various plot strands to reach a wholly unexpected conclusion.”
— The Guardian
“[A] twisty psychological tale . . . a satisfying and clever novel. The large cast and the story’s many moving parts perfectly set the reader up for the final climactic twist.”
— Mystery Scene
“Predictable becomes unpredictable in this compelling book that echoes the best of Harlan Coben.”
— Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers
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 high-speed emotional roller-coaster. The surprises will leave you breathless.”
— Robert Crais
“No Time for Goodbye just flies off the page. It’s a one-sit thriller. You sit down with this book and you won’t get up until you’ve turned the last page.”
— Michael Connelly
“One of the best thrillers of the year! Utterly riveting.”
— Tess Gerritsen
“A terrific page-turner that keeps you in suspense until the very end. If you like Harlan Coben, you’ll love Linwood Barclay.”
— Peter Robinson
“Full of twists and turns.”
— Parade, “Books We Love”