A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay #BookReview

About this book…

EVERY STEP…
Paul Davis forgets things – he gets confused, he has sudden panic attacks. But he wasn’t always like this.

TAKES YOU CLOSER…
Eight months ago, Paul found two dead bodies in the back of a co-worker’s car. He was attacked, left for dead, and has been slowly recovering ever since. His wife tries her best but fears the worst…

TO THE TRUTH…
Therapy helps during the days, but at night he hears things – impossible things – that no one else can. That nobody else believes. Either he’s losing his mind – or someone wants him to think he is.

Just because he’s paranoid doesn’t mean it’s not happening…

My review…

Now everyone knows that I am a HUGE fan of Linwood Barclay and have been since his first book No Time For Goodbye which is a book I still recommend years after reading it and probably always will! Meeting him two years ago was one of the highlights in my blogging life and I’m just so sad that I didn’t get a chance to chat to him again at Harrogate this year due to my late arrival and not being able to get tickets for his event with Orion. But I did receive a review copy of A Noise Downstairs so that nearly made up for it!

Now, it’s a weird feeling when you finally get a copy of the latest book from one of your favourite authors in your grubby little hands. You are desperate to devour it from cover to cover IMMEDIATELY but you also know that as soon as you finish it then you’ll have another long wait for their next book! But that was really a no brainer for me as I just had to read A Noise Downstairs as quickly and as thoroughly as I possibly could!

This is a very dark and creepy read right from the first few pages. Paul Davis has spotted a co-worker with a faulty tail light and is concerned enough to follow them home even though there are some very peculiar driving moves going on! Unfortunately this good deed leads to Paul being attacked and left for dead! Eight months later Paul is no longer able to work and he has counselling to help him cope with the aftermath of that night. But he has started to become forgetful, hearing and seeing things that no one else does. And his paranoia is leading him to ask questions about what really happened that night….

Well I have to say……OMFG!! I was totally blown away by A Noise Downstairs! I thought I had smugly worked out what was going on and then BAM!!! a shocking plot twist turned my whole theory on its head! And then even more twists left me with my jaw firmly dropped onto the floor! The storyline surrounding the typewriter was quite spine chilling, in fact the whole narrative had a nightmarish and macabre feel to it that I just LOVED!! This was such an addictive and compelling read that I easily devoured it within a matter of hours.

A Noise Downstairs is a expertly plotted and cleverly written thriller that will mess with your mind. It certainly lived up to my high expectations! And for anyone who has never read a Linwood Barclay before then you are in for such a treat plus you have his entire back catalogue to catch up on afterwards!

Highly recommended by me!

Meet the author…

Linwood Barclay is the author of sixteen 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 near Toronto with his wife, Neetha.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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