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A Tap on the Window | [Linwood Barclay]

A Tap on the Window

When Cal Weaver stops at a red light on a rainy night while driving home, he ignores the bedraggled-looking teenaged girl trying to hitch a lift. Even when she starts tapping on his window. But when she says, 'hey, aren't you Scott's dad?' and he realizes she's one of his son's classmates, he can't really ignore her. OK, so giving a ride to a teenage girl might not be the smartest move, but how much harm could it do? Over the next 24 hours Cal is about to find out.
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When Cal Weaver stops at a red light on a rainy night while driving home, he ignores the bedraggled-looking teenaged girl trying to hitch a lift. Even when she starts tapping on his window. But when she says, 'hey, aren't you Scott's dad?' and he realizes she's one of his son's classmates, he can't really ignore her. OK, so giving a ride to a teenage girl might not be the smartest move, but how much harm could it do?

Over the next 24 hours Cal is about to find out. When the girl, Claire, asks to stop at a restroom on the way home, he's happy to oblige. But the girl who gets back in the car seems strangely nervous, and it's only when they get nearer their destination that Cal realizes she no longer has the nasty cut that he noticed on Claire's hand. After he's finally let her out of the car he remains puzzled and intrigued. But it's only the next morning that he starts to really worry.

That's when the police cruiser turns up at his door and asks him if he gave a lift to a girl the previous night. A girl who has now been found brutally murdered. If Cal is going to clear his name he's going to figure out what Claire was really up to and what part he played in her curious deception. But doing so will involve him in some of the small town of Griffon's most carefully kept secrets - and a conspiracy as bizarre as it is deadly.

Read by Mark Zeisler.

©2013 Linwood Barclay (P)2013 Record Books LLC

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    BookLady St. Cloud USA 04-08-14
    BookLady St. Cloud USA 04-08-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Not the best Linwood Barclay novel"

    The story starts off quite well but really drags towards the middle, the themes felt old.....bad cops intimidating innocent citizens etc. I persevered and though it felt a bit far fetched at times I enjoyed the book overall.

    While not his best book it had enough twists and turns to keep me engaged while driving and doing housework.

    This was my 5th audiobook by this author. I would recommend 'Trust Your Eyes' , ''No Time for Goodbye' and 'Never Look Away' before 'A Tap on the Window'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    1/12/14
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    "Slow to get going"

    Linwood Barclay has written some gripping thrillers but this isn't one of them. It takes nearly 9 hours of listening padded out by inconsequential details for the momentum to get going. It's a thin story that depends on some stupid decisions by the main character mixed with the fallout from his son's death a couple months earlier. The book did get better for the last few hours as the various strands of the narrative, that seemed unconnected, came together.
    The narrator is very good.

    I've listened to many audio books and this one has the longest silent pauses between chapters that I've ever come across. I kept thinking my player had turned off.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • purplemunkey
    London
    11/3/13
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    "Don't bother"
    Would you try another book written by Linwood Barclay or narrated by Mark Zeisler?

    I was looking for something easy when I picked this as I'd just finished a fairly heavy book. Having read a few Linwood Barclay's previous books I thought this would be a safe choice. How wrong I was. A terrible and utterly impluasible storyline, cringeworthy dialogue all delivered in a gruff and aggresive tone throughout. Unless you fancy having someone shout a rubbish story at you for 12 hours, I would certainly not recommend this audiobook.


    What will your next listen be?

    I will be looking for another crime or thriller audiobook, but will avoid Linwood Barclay like the plague.


    What aspect of Mark Zeisler’s performance might you have changed?

    His performance was fine, I think the source material was the problem.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and how bad it was, dissapointment that I'd wasted a credit.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • J
    10/25/14
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    "A tap on the window"
    Where does A Tap on the Window rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Worth listening to, also worth checking out others by same author, particularly No Time For Goodbye


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If you've got that much time - but who has these days?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel James
    6/1/14
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    "Loved this"
    What did you like most about A Tap on the Window?

    The main character.. He was believable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Tap on the Window?

    When his wife died


    Have you listened to any of Mark Zeisler’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No but fully intend to


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Cry, and it was a sad ending.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alastair
    WEMMEL, Belgium
    4/27/14
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    "An intriguing start turned into a great story"
    Any additional comments?

    A new author for me based on a recommendation. From a great start, it kept me interested all the way through. I'll be downloading more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    Wimborne, United Kingdom
    3/23/14
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    "Well plotted thriller"

    This is the first Linwood Barclay crime thriller that I've read or listened to. I usually avoid America based stories but I was intrigued by the Audible sample and decided to try it out - I'm so glad that I did. Barclay writes well with consistent characterisation and an intelligent plot line. I found the story believable and well plotted.

    I've yet to explore further novels by Barclay so I don't know if Cal Weaver, the main character in this book, appears in others but in any case this will not be the last book of Barclay's that I'll download.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christine
    Portsmouth, Hampshire, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Another gripping Linwood Barclay read!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Tap on the Window the most enjoyable?

    The story as always had plenty of twists and turns, and he's not afraid to deal with difficult subjects like death and grief. I like the story within a story technique and trying to guess which of the protagonists it will turn out to be.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His characters are always well drawn and Cal Weaver is a complex, flawed man, who none the less, you soon engage with.


    What about Mark Zeisler’s performance did you like?

    Straight forward narration, none of the 'voices' grated, which is not always the case.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It engaged me, I wanted to know what happened to the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saffy
    UK
    11/24/13
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    "An enjoyable listen"

    As ever, Linwood Barclay writes a gripping, involving story and this is excellently narrated by Mark Zeisler. I did feel that the plot was a little weak and overly drawn out without the characteristic Barclay twists and turns. However, it did keep me listening and was ultimately enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ben
    Winchester, United Kingdom
    11/12/13
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    "Engaging, enjoyable read!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    As with the other Linwood Barclay books I have read/listened to, I enjoyed the suspense alongside the twists and turns in the story, the character development and the plausible plot. Unlike the other books by this author, however, I did find the twist predictable but nonetheless this did not taint my enjoyment of it, nor did it minimise the suspense created. Well worth a read, particularly if you're a fan of the thriller/crime genre.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Zeisler – was your favourite?

    The main character - Cal Weaver.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony
    Redditch, United Kingdom
    11/5/13
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    "What a read"
    If you could sum up A Tap on the Window in three words, what would they be?

    One of the most gripping books that I've listened to for ages. A book with a twist in the tale but completely plausible.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Zeisler – was your favourite?

    The lead character


    Any additional comments?

    Brill!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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