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A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay

A Tap on the Window (edition 2013)

by Linwood Barclay (Author)

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"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"--… (more)
Title:A Tap on the Window
Authors:Linwood Barclay (Author)
Info:Orion (2013), 512 pages
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Linwood Barclay's books are always the best. They are fast, easy reads with unique characters that are well-drawn. A fast-paced plot with twists and turns keep you reading until a surprise ending that catches you off guard. Cal Weaver learns that it is not a good idea to give a teenage girl a ride in the night when she taps on your car window and asks for help. The story spins out of control and just when you think it can't get any worse, it does! I highly recommend this book to those who love mystery thrillers and I look forward to my next Barclay book very soon. ( )
  EadieB | Jan 31, 2019 |
Linwood Barclay does it again, I love his books. ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Jan 27, 2019 |
True to the Barclay way, this book had many twists and turns. To properly review it would be to give too much away. Just know you should read it. I swear you'll get swept up in the mystery of it all. ( )
  Jen_Bartels | Jan 23, 2019 |
Still deeply grieving over the loss of his son from a drug overdose, private investigator, Cal Weaver decides to give a teenage girl a ride home one night when she taps on his window and gets caught up in exposing the sordid secrets in Griffin, a small town in upstate New York where something seems to be horribly wrong.

This was an entertaining story with lots of twists, surprises and action that moved at a good pace. The author does know how to keep things interesting. But the main character made lots of impulsive, risky decisions and was not that likeable. The ending was over the top of believability and a bit disappointing. Although a mixed bag for me, I would read more from this author. ( )
  gaylebutz | Jan 23, 2019 |
This book...like all of Linwood Barclay's books...had a complicated, many faceted storyline that had multiple characters, that if they were not guilty of murder, they were without a doubt guilty of something. His main character of Cal presented a mixed bag of emotions. He certainly was a decent guy as well as an intelligent observer..but since the death of his son Scott he had a short fuse and a "fly by his pants" attitude that made him slightly unlikable and very unpredictable.. However, the book had so many surprises and such an explosive ending that you just had to overlook the character flaws. ( )
  Carol420 | Jan 23, 2019 |
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When Cal Weaver stops at a red light on a rainy night while driving home, he ignores the bedraggled-looking teenage girl trying to hitch a ride - even when she starts tapping on his window. But when he realizes she's one of his son Scott's classmates, he knows he can't really leave her to the mercy of the weather and who knows what else.

Cal's well aware that inviting a teenage girl into his car might not be the smartest move, but then again, how much harm could it do?

During their short journey, Cal discovers that Claire Sanders is not all she seems. But nothing prepares him for the consequences of trying to help her out. The next morning he finds he's gone from Good Samaritan to murder suspect, with one girl dead and another missing, he's suddenly at the centre of a deadly puzzle that reaches right through the small town of Griffon - from its bullying police force to its strangely furtive mayor - and finally to one family's shocking secret.
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