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A Noise Downstairs

Written by: Linwood Barclay
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The internationally best-selling author of No Time for Goodbye returns with a haunting psychological thriller that blends the twists and chills of Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe with the driving suspense of Dennis Lehane and Harlan Coben, in which a man hears sounds that quite possibly emanate from the dead.

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.

©2018 Linwood Barclay (P)2018 Doubleday Canada

What the critics say

"[Barclay] does a masterful job of layering on the mysteries until we're almost frantically turning the pages, impatient to find out what the hell is going on. A beautifully executed thriller." (Booklist, starred review)

"[A]rtfully crafted.... Don't turn your back on any of these guys." (The New York Times Book Review)

"[A] fast-paced psychological thriller... Harlan Coben fans will find much to like." (Publishers Weekly)

"[A Noise Downstairs] echoes a classic movie from the 1960s.... Proving that Linwood Barclay is a master of manipulation, he pulls a genuinely un­expected twist that throws everything out the window. This thriller then kicks into high gear as it becomes a race for answers and justice.... Predictable becomes unpredictable in this compelling book that echoes the best of Harlan Coben." (The Associated Press)

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Barclay delivers again!

I have read all of Linwood Barclays books and once again he creates believable characters and an interesting story. It was a bit creepy in parts and you can imagine yourself going through some of what is happening, wondering how you would react. I liked the narrator as well, I thought he did a great job. #Audible1

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Surprising end

It's the first time in a while I didn't see the end coming. Really enjoyed the story.

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  • kat
  • 2018-09-23

twisty psychological thriller

well performed audio and very well told story. intense psychological thriller with a lot of twists you won't see coming. give this one a go

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Amazing book

Loved it, The reader keep you interested, always enjoy a twist ending 😊. Will listen from this reader more.

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The book was alright.

The first 2/3 of the book are alright, then the last third of the story is out of control with characters and things going on. Personally I didn't love the book and I won't be listening to it again, it was captivating enough in parts, but overall I wasn't on the edge of my seat. #Audible1