A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay

A Noise Downstairs

The New York Times bestselling author of No Time for Goodbye returns with a haunting psychological thriller that blends the twists and turns of Gillian Flynn with the driving suspense of Harlan Coben, in which a man is troubled by odd sounds for which there is no rational explanation.College professor Paul Davis is a normal guy with a normal life. Until, driving along a deserted road late one night, he surprises a murderer disposing of a couple o...


Details A Noise Downstairs

TitleA Noise Downstairs
ISBN9780062678256
Author
Release DateJul 24th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
LanguageEnglish
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense, Mystery Thriller, Psychological Thriller
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Reviews A Noise Downstairs

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    1970-01-01
    4.5 STARSHere it is guys... drum roll please... I present your summer 2018 popcorn thriller-A Noise Downstairs! Seriously folks, this one is a must for your TBR if you are looking for a fast-paced story that is easily read in any setting and impossible to put down. I've been a fan of Linwood Barclay's writing for almost a decade now and find I have a Barclay shaped hole that only his books can fill each year. If you're new to his work, then know...
  • Meredith
    1970-01-01
    3.5 stars“Jesus, Paul, it’s not the clown from It. It’s not going to break out and attack us.” This quote above is in reference to an old typewriter which the protagonist from A Noise Downstairs believes is possessed by the spirits of murder victims. It might sound a little crazy, but the premise makes for an entertaining psychological thriller with some surprising twists! Paul Davis was nearly murdered. While he has recovered physically...
  • Debra
    1970-01-01
    3.5 starsCollege Professor Paul Davis is driving home one night when he observes a colleague driving strangely. He decides to follow, not quite sure if the man is drunk or looking for something. When his co-worker pulls over so does Paul and that is when Paul makes the shocking discovery that he has just walked into a a murderer disposing of two female bodies. Paul tries to intervene and is almost killed himself.After the incident, Paul has been ...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    1970-01-01
    Typewriter sounds are almost non-existent today, but they kept recurring in Paul’s home and seemed to be coming from the typewriter that his wife had bought him.After Paul followed his friend because he was driving erratically, he found something horrific and unbelievable.Paul saw dead bodies in his colleague’s trunk and when Kenneth struck him to silence him, he thought it was all over. Thankfully Paul didn’t die, and Kenneth was imprisone...
  • Brenda
    1970-01-01
    I’m going to be intentionally vague here because I don’t want to spoil this book for anyone. Linwood Barclay had me hooked in the first chapter, and it wasn’t long before I was feeling the menace surrounding the main character, Paul Davis. While the major players are introduced and history explained, I felt a strong sympathy for Paul. The pace picked up in the second half of the book, and the 90° turns the author took had me pausing to get...
  • Brenda
    1970-01-01
    The brutal attack on Paul Davis was meant to end his life – instead the injuries and PTSD, along with depression were dragging him down. The person who attacked him was in prison for murder while Paul struggled to move forward with his life. His psychologist, Dr Anna White was a positive influence, but the night time was his enemy. Paul’s nightmares were frightening his wife Charlotte, and during the day his memory was sporadic; he wondered i...
  • Linda Strong
    1970-01-01
    Several months ago, Paul Davis was attacked by a killer with a shovel. Somehow he survived the massive head wound he received. The killer was a friend ... a colleague ... and it was just happenstance that he saw two women's bodies in his friend's trunk before they were hidden and buried.Now Paul suffers severe panic attacks, short term memory loss. But the most terrifying are the noises he hears that no one else does. Most recently, his wife boug...
  • Dennis
    1970-01-01
    Linwood Barclay, you have found yourself a new fan! While I've never read any of Mr. Barclay's works, I've certainly heard all about him! A Noise Downstairs is impressive, beautifully-tragic, and darkly-painted. It is narrated so expertly, at times I felt like I was envisioning the next big blockbuster movie in my head while I was turning the pages ;). Paul Davis, college professor at West Haven College, is driving along a quiet road one night ...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    1970-01-01
    A NOISE DOWNSTAIRS is a book that just didn't work completely for me. I usually love reading Linwood Barcley's books and I'm not saying that this isn't well written. It's just the story didn't convince me. If it had been an author like Stephen King might I have bought the haunted typewriter , but in this case, I just waited for the truth to come out. The logical explanation. And, that kind of made the reading experience just not as enjoyable as w...
  • Judy Collins
    1970-01-01
    Out Today!!!Internationally bestselling author Linwood Barclay returns following his Promise Falls Trilogy Parting Shot, landing on my Top Books of 2017 with his latest "mind-bending" addictive “whodunit” creepy psychological thriller A NOISE DOWNSTAIRS. If you enjoyed A. J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window (also on my Top Books of 2018) and the film Gaslight, Barclay’s latest will keep you entertained until the final heart-poundin...
  • Laura Rash
    1970-01-01
    This had a slight Stephen King creepy air about it for a hot minute which I liked. I guessed early on the whole storyline but I enjoyed how it unfolded. LB knows how to tell a tale for sure.
  • Dave
    1970-01-01
    A Noise Downstairs is an easy-to-get-involved-in, quick reading, thriller that, unlike many thrillers these days, focuses on what a crime victim goes through rather than what the criminal experiences. Paul survived a night that others didn’t. He’s shattered, broken, and maybe he’s losing his mind. There’s this little sound downstairs in the middle of the night that no one else hears. What Barclay does well here is he keeps reeling you in ...
  • NZLisaM
    1970-01-01
    Paul Davis and the Case of the Haunted Typewriter!It’s been eight months since Paul was attacked, and left for dead, after inadvertently stumbling across a fellow professor attempting to dispose of two bodies. Plagued by recurring nightmares, and lapses in memory, as well as struggling to process how a person who’d been both mentor and friend to him could murder two women, Paul decides to write down everything relating to the murders, both to...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • KC
    1970-01-01
    College professor Paul Davis finds himself recovering from a near fatal injury, after witnessing his fellow colleague and friend Kenneth Hoffman attempting to dispose of two women's bodies he murdered. Suffering from PTSD, Paul's wife, in hopes to aid with his recovery, purchases him an old typewriter to journal his thoughts but soon finds himself fearful that this typewriter is the same one that is connected to Hoffman and the murders. This psyc...
  • Stacey Camp
    1970-01-01
    **4 Goodreads Stars** "Monsters can be very good at disguising themselves.""There are some things even tenure can't protect you from." Paul Davis is a professor in a sleepy university town who finds his life turned upside down while driving home one night from work. He spots a car in front of him driving erratically. As he gets closer to the car, he sees that the driver is an aloof but well-known professor and colleague. He backs away from the ca...
  • Liz Barnsley
    1970-01-01
    A 5* perfectly twisted brilliantly addictive one sitting read with a finale that blows your mind. Full review to follow nearer publication.
  • Eva
    1970-01-01
    Oh, what a delightfully devilish tale this is!I lost track of Linwood Barclay there for a while but I will not be making that mistake again because A Noise Downstairs is an absolutely fantastic stand-alone thriller that will make you paranoid and eye your inanimate objects suspiciously for weeks to come.Eight months ago, Paul Davis was hit over the head with a shovel when he stumbled upon a co-worker with two dead bodies in his car. Paul’s reco...
  • Luanne Ollivier
    1970-01-01
    I've been eagerly awaiting Linwood Barclay's latest book - A Noise Downstairs. It's just released and it's one you're going to want to pick up!Eight months ago Paul Davis almost died at the hands of the 'Apology Killer' - a murderer who made his victims type out an apology to him before they died. Still recovering, Paul begins hearing the clicking of his Underwood's keys in the night.....and his wife Charlotte can't hear it.What a delicious premi...
  • Alissa Haley
    1970-01-01
    I won a copy through a Goodreads Giveaway! Review is now up on Diva Reads!
  • Latkins
    1970-01-01
    I've read a few of Linwood Barclay's novels, but I think this is one of his best. In some ways, it's a little reminiscent of Stephen King, and it also reminded me of Peter Swanson. The opening chapter is brilliant - Paul Davis notices his colleague Kenneth Hoffman's car driving erratically one night and decides to follow him. He discovers that Kenneth has two dead bodies in the back of the car, and Kenneth then tries to kill him too. But he fails...
  • Debbie
    1970-01-01
    Wow, wow, wow!! This was definitely a thriller and definitely one that I could not put down.It begins with our leading character, Paul, coming across his workmate, Kenneth, along the side of the road with two dead women in his car. Kenneth then hits Paul over the head hoping to kill him, as well.Then, it's all about this typewriter. This typewriter is a pretty scary thing. It can type by itself - or can it? Well, the main character, Paul, has his...
  • Cathy Ryan
    1970-01-01
    Paul Davis is on his way home late one night when he sees the car in front has a cracked tail light and is being driven erratically. Realising it’s his colleague, Kenneth Hoffman, Paul decides to try to get Kenneth to stop, not sure if he’s drunk or looking for somewhere particular. Then Kenneth’s car pulls off onto the pavement. Paul pulls up behind him, ready to offer assistance, but instead makes a shocking discovery which earns him a bl...
  • Marjorie
    1970-01-01
    When Paul Davis discovers a friend of his trying to dispose of two dead women, his life is never the same again. He’s struggling to recover from PTSD as a result of almost losing his life. He’s depressed and having nightmares. He decides that it might help him if he were to write the whole story down so his wife buys him an antique typewriter to work on. But that doesn’t help his sleep much as he hears what appears to be the typewriter typi...
  • Phaedra
    1970-01-01
    A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay is a fast moving light suspense thriller that's great for summer reading. The beginning third of the story is a bit slower as all the players and story threads are introduced in alternating chapters and POVs, but then it picks up and races towards the reveal and end. I felt that the beginning started out feeling like a less well written Stephen King story with a hint of the supernatural, but then several char...
  • Tracy Fenton
    1970-01-01
    Ahhhhh, how do I review this without spoiling it?  There is SO much going on in this book that's it almost impossible to write something without giving something away so I'm going to cheat and put my thoughts into bullet points:Hooked from the first pageBrilliant characters and some really nasty ones tooSeveral twisty bits I didn't see comingUtterly addictive and thoroughly enjoyableLoved all the different characters and storylines weaving seaml...
  • 3 no 7
    1970-01-01
    “A Noise Downstairs” by Linwood Barclay begins with an attack. Paul sees his friend Kenneth’s car and fears there is something wrong. Something is wrong, very wrong; Paul spots two bodies, both wrapped in plastic. Then everything goes black. Kenneth was his friend, and Kenneth tried to murder him.Eight Months later, Paul is seeing therapist Dr. Anna White. He is recovering from the significant head trauma and is haunted by what Kenneth did....