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‘A Tap on the Window’ by Linwood Barclay

A Tap on the Window

‘A Tap on the Window’ is Linwood Barclay’s brand new novel, published today by Orion Books.  I was sent a proof copy of this book to review for which I am very grateful.

It’s a rainy night in Griffon, New York.  Cal Weaver, a private investigator, is on his way home.  Whilst sitting at a red light he notices a bedraggled looking teenage girl trying to hitch a ride.  He ignores her even when she taps on his window as he knows it wouldn’t be wise to pick her up.  However, the girl recognises Cal.  It turns out his son went to the same school as her.  For this reason alone he feels he can’t just leave her there and ends up giving her a lift.  Surely it can’t do any harm!

On the way home the girl, Claire, complains she is feeling sick and asks Cal if he can stop at a restaurant so that she can use the restroom.  He obliges and waits in his car for her, but she takes too long and Cal out of concern goes in search for her.  When he returns to his car he finds Claire sitting in the passenger seat.  Only she is different.  She seems nervous for a start off.  Then he notices something else and when he realises that the girl in the car isn’t Claire, he confronts her.  She demands to be let out of the car and then tries to get out whilst he is still driving.

The next day the police pay Cal a visit at his house wanting to know if he gave a teenage girl a lift the previous night.  Things aren’t looking good for him, especially when a girl is found brutally murdered.  He has unwittingly ended up getting involved in something dodgy and is about to make some shocking discoveries over the next few days.

Until now I hadn’t read any of Linwood Barclay’s books so I didn’t know what to expect.  As it turns out, I totally loved ‘A Tap on the Window’ and I got through it quickly.  From the start I found it so exciting.  A real page turner full of twists, it kept me guessing and the end result wasn’t what I expected.  Linwood has a way of making you hungry for more with his writing.  Absolutely fantastic!

I’m going to have to read some of Linwood Barclay’s previous novels at some stage and I already can’t wait for his next one to come out.  For all you crime fans out there I recommend you grab yourself a copy of this book as fast as you can.

It has to be 5 out of 5.

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