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
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'.
"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.
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.
I will be looking for another crime or thriller audiobook, but will avoid Linwood Barclay like the plague.
His performance was fine, I think the source material was the problem.
Anger and how bad it was, dissapointment that I'd wasted a credit.
"A tap on the window"
Worth listening to, also worth checking out others by same author, particularly No Time For Goodbye
If you've got that much time - but who has these days?
The main character.. He was believable.
When his wife died
No but fully intend to
Cry, and it was a sad ending.
"An intriguing start turned into a great story"
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.
"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.
"Another gripping Linwood Barclay read!"
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.
His characters are always well drawn and Cal Weaver is a complex, flawed man, who none the less, you soon engage with.
Straight forward narration, none of the 'voices' grated, which is not always the case.
It engaged me, I wanted to know what happened to the characters.
"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.
"Engaging, enjoyable read!"
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.
The main character - Cal Weaver.
"What a read"
One of the most gripping books that I've listened to for ages. A book with a twist in the tale but completely plausible.
The lead character
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