Monday, May 20, 2013

A Tap On The Window... Knock at the Door

I begin this short week with a novel I've been putting off reading for a while although I was given an advance readers copy almost 2 months ago. The need to meet deadlines and shorten the list of titles I must review placed this book on the shelf for a better time. I feel I have a little breathing room now so I will dive into A Tap on The Window by Linwood Barclay. For many who aren't privy to Barclay's work he is masterful at creating suspense. He seems to take an everyman and place his world upside down with the occurance of one bizarre event. His formula seems to be consistant but his twists and turns keep readers hooked. Barclay and Harlan Coben are similar in this respect. I can't wait to dive into this tome that I know I will breeze through in no time.

Synopsis: It’s been two months since private investigator Cal Weaver’s teenage son Scott died in a tragic accident. Ever since, he and his wife have drifted apart, fracturing a once normal life. Cal is mired in grief, a grief he can’t move past. And maybe his grief has clouded his judgment. Because driving home one night, he makes his first big mistake.

A girl drenched in rain taps on his car window and asks for a ride as he sits at a stoplight. Even though he knows a fortysomething man picking up a teenage hitchhiker is a fool, he lets her in. She’s the same age as Scott, and maybe she can help Cal find the dealer who sold his son the drugs that killed him. After a brief stop at a roadside diner, Cal senses that something’s not right with the girl or the situation. But it’s too late. He’s already involved.

Now Cal is drawn into a nightmare of pain and suspicion. Something is horribly wrong in the small town of Griffon in upstate New York. There are too many secrets there, too many lies and cover-ups. And Cal has decided to expose those secrets one by one.

That’s his second big mistake.

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