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
Release DateJul 24th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreThriller, Mystery, Suspense, Fiction, Psychological Thriller

Reviews A Noise Downstairs

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    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
    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...
  • Dennis
    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 ...
  • Laura Rash
    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
    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 ...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON JULY 26.“Mr. Barclay keeps the tension high and the story line intriguing. The ending twists were well hidden from the reader.The introduction of the typewriter was very clever, and the typewriter seemed to be included as another character. This was my first book by Mr. Barclay, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.If you have enjoyed Mr. Barclay's books, you won't want to miss his newest. 5/5 This book was given to me as ARC by t...
  • KC
    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...
  • Judy Collins
    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 “who done it” 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-pounding and ner...
  • Stacey Camp
    **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
    A 5* perfectly twisted brilliantly addictive one sitting read with a finale that blows your mind. Full review to follow nearer publication.
  • Latkins
    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...
  • Marjorie
    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
    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...
  • Raven Andrus
    3.5. This was like eating popcorn, just couldn’t put it down! Not the most amazing writing but the twists and turns more than make up for that.
  • Carrie
    Thanks to William Morrow (an Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers) for an advanced review copy of A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay. This was the first novel that I have had the opportunity to read by this author and I am so glad I got the chance!When Paul sees his friend Kenneth driving erratically one night, Paul decides to follow him to see if he needs assistance. After pulling off and watching Kenneth dispose of something in a dumpster, P...
  • 3 no 7
    “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....
  • Sherri Lewis
    *** I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest reviewThis book was very different from the author's usual books, but no less enjoyable. In fact, I could not put this book down. There were so many twists and turns that will keep you captivated and the storyline is fresh and exciting. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of mysteries and suspense.
  • Doug Phillips
    First, let me state that I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC from Morrow as part of a Goodreads giveaway. I am providing an honest review, and I thank all involved for the copy.This is one heckuva buckle-your-seatbelt kind of story. As Morrow states in its marketing for this book - "There's a noise downstairs... and it's not what you think." That's very accurate. It's quite easy to immerse yourself in this book, and that is exactly what I fo...
  • Sharon
    The perfect choice for a thrilling beach read, this tale of a man who survives a murder attempt but finds himself haunted by the killers previous victims is fast paced fun. This ARC was accessed through Edelweiss, with thanks to HarperCollins, in exchange for an honest review.
  • Jenn
    I read a digital ARC from Edelweiss of this book. This didn't affect my review.Paul Davis sees a coworker driving erratically home one evening and follows him to make sure he's okay. However, once he approaches him, he realizes his friend is trying to dispose of two dead bodies. He's hit over the head and survives, while his friend is caught by the police moments later. But his recover is long and troubling.This book was SO good. I started it las...
  • Kira
    *received an ARC for review*I kind of wish the last few chapters didn't exist. There was a little too much explanation for the justification of the plot, and I feel it suffered a bit. I still liked this a lot though, and I enjoyed piecing together the story as I read.
  • Kristen
    Linwood Barclay has written yet another story that kept me enthralled. There were a few things I figured out before the end but it had enough mystery to keep me reading and enjoying the story. The characters are well-written and intriguing. I received a copy of this book via Edelweiss
  • Eadie
    Is it possible to receive messages from the dead? College Professor Paul Davis in Linwood Barclay's novel, A Noise Downstairs, is trying to find the answer to this question. Paul has been under therapy with Dr. Anna White for eight months after getting hit on the head by a colleague, Kenneth Hoffman. Paul was following Kenneth because he wanted to tell him that his tail light was out. Paul notices two dead women in the back of Kenneth's car. Kenn...
  • Lisa
    Paul Davis is just a normal guy, until one night he discovers a friend trying to dispose of two dead bodies. From that moment forward, his life is changed drastically. He almost loses his life and has to deal with the PTSD from that. Plus, he has terrible nightmares and memory loss that are attributed to that terrible night. Everything is compounded when he starts hearing sounds in the middle of the night, that only he can hear, coming from his t...
  • Jay Dwight
    Linwood Barclay's novels are just so addictive and so readable and this is yet another. A Noise Downstairs centres on Paul Davis, a survivor of an attempted murder attempt. Eight months on and he's not quite back to normal. He forgets things, and is still undergoing therapy. He hears noises that no one else in the house hears. Is he going crazy? The story twists in directions I didn't foresee and I thoroughly enjoyed the clever plot.
  • Noelle Tagliarini
    I thought I had it figured out, and while I was somewhat correct, there were still twists that I didn't figure out at all.
  • Orsayor
    3.5 Stars - Slow buildup...
  • Esther
    I finished this latest Barclay book "A Noise Downstairs".His books are always great, but this was the best.This book was very twist-and-turn and the ending a complete surprise.The star rating was at least ten stars.
  • Laurie Allin
    This author is one I always think I should be reading but somehow of his 17-some novels I've only ever read, now, 2. I received this book as an advanced copy and I was excited to get to know his writing better. I had troubles getting to into the book at the beginning. I've been through a string of thrillers with supernatural slants lately, and I'm not really a fan. However, with this book you could never really be sure what was causing "the noise...