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Too Close to Home by Linwood Barclay

Too Close to Home (original 2008; edition 2009)

by Linwood Barclay

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Title:Too Close to Home
Authors:Linwood Barclay
Info:Bantam (2009), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 512 pages
Collections:Your library, To read
Tags:Fiction, mystery/thriller

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Too Close to Home by Linwood Barclay (2008)


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I wish I could give this a three plus--I kept switching back and forth between 3 stars and 4 stars. This was an interesting story, about a father trying to prove that his son did not commit murder. I enjoyed it, it was well written. I just didn't find that it was surprising or unusual enough to merit a higher rating than this. ( )
  magerber | Feb 22, 2016 |
Quick suspensful read. You think you have it figured out but you are taken by surprise. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
Quick suspensful read. You think you have it figured out but you are taken by surprise. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
This was my second Linwood Barclay book and I can honestly say that I enjoyed them both very much. Barclay has chapter endings that cause you to have to read on. Trying to put this book down is an impossibility. It's hard to figure out how all the subplots come together but in the end it all ties up nicely. If you haven't read a Barclay book, you need to remedy that and this is a good one to start with. ( )
  eadieburke | Jan 19, 2016 |
This story focuses on the Cutter family, and in particular the father Jim. Jim is a disillusioned artist, lacking in confidence and is not convinced his work is any good. As a result he had taken a number of jobs that make him unhappy. One of these was working for the local Mayor, a man Jim is disgusted with and who regularly offends Jim’s principles. Jim's wife Ellen works for the college president and famous author, Conrad Chase. Their teenage son, Derek, likes to tinker with old computers. Their lives are torn apart when their next door neighbors, including Derek's best friend, Adam, are brutally murdered.

Every relationship in this mystery is vital to solving it in the end. Jim’s relationship with the Mayor, his wife’s relationship to her boss, and Derek’s hobby of fixing old computers. The nice thing about the plot is that nothing feels forced or contrived in any way. The author manages to reveal all the plot elements so they unravel naturally and logically. The story is extremely gripping and the reason for the secrets are wrapped up nicely in the end.

If you like crime novels with good characters, a great plot, lots of exciting, edge-of-the-seat action and some quieter thought-provoking moments too, then absolutely don’t miss this.
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  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
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This book follows last year's acclaimed No Time for Goodbye..This also has some unexpected twists and turns, not to mention some very good red herrings, but while I was kept guessing right to the end, the surprise finale was unconvincing.
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Aurstad, ToreTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 055359043X, Mass Market Paperback)

Critically acclaimed and bestselling author Linwood Barclay brings terror closer than ever before in a stunning thriller in which murder strikes in the place we should feel safest of all….

In a quiet neighborhood, in the house next door, a family is brutally murdered for no apparent reason. You can’t help thinking, It could have been us. And you start to wonder: What if we’re next?

Promise Falls isn’t the kind of community where families are shot to death in their own homes. But how well did Jim and Ellen Cutter really know their neighbors—or the darker secrets of their small town? They don’t have to look further than their own marriage to know that things aren’t always what they seem. Now the Cutters and their son, Derek, must face the unthinkable: that a murderer isn’t just stalking too close to home…but is inside it already.

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Using his neighbor's house to spend some private time with his girlfriend while the Barclays are on vacation, Derek Cutter suddenly becomes the prime suspect in a small-town murder case when the Barclays return home early and are unexpectedly killed--with Derek still hiding in their basement.… (more)

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