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A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay

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Book Summary

Paul Davis is hearing some very strange noises in the night. He hears the clickety-click of a manual typewriter–as if someone is vigorously tapping the keys. The eerie sounds began soon after his wife, Charlotte, bought him a classic antique Underwood. But only Paul can hear the noise coming from downstairs; Charlotte doesn’t hear anything unusual.

Is Paul losing his mind? Maybe. Or is something really there? Eight months ago, he stumbled upon Connecticut’s infamous “Apology Killer”–a psychopath who forced his victims to typewrite personal apologies to him before he cut their throats–disposing of two mutilated bodies on Milford’s Post Road. Most shocking of all, the killer was his colleague, someone he thought he knew. Paul’s been seeing a therapist for months to recover from the nearly fatal encounter, but his nerves and short-term memory have suffered since the traumatic event.

There’s only one way to learn if the noises are real or a figment of his hyper-imagination. One night, Paul rolls a sheet of paper into the machine. The next morning, when he checks the page, there is a chilling message:

“We typed our apologies like he asked but he killed us anyway.”

As he desperately searches to find a rational explanation for the note and the noises, Paul slowly begins to consider the unthinkable: The message is authentic, and the women butchered by his colleague are reaching out to him from beyond the grave.


Condition: Like New (may contain a publisher extra mark)

Paperback, Published July 24, 2018 by Doubleday Canada

ISBN: 9780385687188

1 review for A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay

  1. Chandra

    Chit chit. Chit. Chit chit chit.

    I’m fairly certain whenever I hear real typewrite clickety clack noises now, I’ll be thinking back on this book. OMG, readers! This is a book you will eat right up in one fast sitting. The prologue BOOMS and pulls you right into this big bear of a thriller that is fast paced and perfect for what is now a category amongst itself – popcorn thrillers! POP POP POP! And I can see why. After the prologue, all I wanted to do was grab a bowl of popcorn and BE ENTERTAINED!

    Told through various points of view, we see Paul, the man who barely survived almost being murdered by a fellow colleague – someone he considered a friend. We also see through his wife, Charlotte’s, eyes and how she is trying to help with his PTSD. Barclay also gives us a glimpse into the life of Paul’s therapist, Anna – who is dealing with issues of her own. All play a big role in everything that happens in this book, as you would assume, duh. Haha.

    I tell you what, I was mostly fascinated with Anna’s other patient and his sociopathic ways. I almost wish I could get a book just based on Gavin’s brain. WOW. If you’ve read the book, tell me if you feel the same! I loved little moments of levity – especially in Paul’s trying to explain to his young son, Josh, about what a typewriter is. It’s fascinating to see how kids view this world filled with technology – especially as a person who grew up going into the technology age but certainly was a big part of the days that were pre-cell phone and computers in the classroom. I used to LOVE typing on a typewriter!

    There were lots of twisty turns in this novel – and I didn’t see any of them coming. I LOVE IT WHEN THIS HAPPENS! It may have gotten a little too convoluted at the end with too many things going on… however, I thoroughly enjoyed the entire ride!
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