We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Too Close to Home | [Linwood Barclay]

Too Close to Home

In a quiet suburban neighborhood, in the house next door, a family is brutally murdered for no apparent reason. You canï¿¿ï¿¿ï¿¿t help thinking, "That could have been us". And you start to wonder, "What if we're next?"

That's the question Jim and Ellen Cutter are asking, and the answers aren't reassuring.

Regular Price:$27.27
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

In a quiet suburban neighborhood, in the house next door, a family is brutally murdered for no apparent reason. You can't help thinking, "That could have been us". And you start to wonder, "What if we're next?"

That's the question Jim and Ellen Cutter are asking, and the answers aren't reassuring. Promise Falls isn't the kind of community where a family is shot to death in their own home. But then how well did the Cutters really know their neighbors - or the darker secrets of their small town? They don't have to look any further than their own marriage to know that things aren't always what they seem. Now the Cutters and their son, Derek, must face the unthinkable: that the murderer isn't just stalking too close to home but is inside it already.

©2008 Linwood Barclay; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (139 )
5 star
 (51)
4 star
 (56)
3 star
 (24)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (4)
Overall
4.1 (93 )
5 star
 (36)
4 star
 (33)
3 star
 (21)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (3)
Story
4.3 (95 )
5 star
 (47)
4 star
 (33)
3 star
 (11)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (3)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Bernie Las Vegas, NV, USA 03-30-09
    Bernie Las Vegas, NV, USA 03-30-09
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Gripping and suspensful . . . FANTASTIC!"

    I can't decide whether I like this one or "No Time For Goodbye" better by this author. Both are excellent and get my highest rating. Character development is so deep and complete. Narration is perfect. Some characters were so real that they had me wanting to reach through my mp3 player and strangle them! Kudos to this author for a great story and great character development.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 12-01-14
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 12-01-14 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    735
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    465
    203
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    156
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Story. . . But the Ending. . ."

    Barclay's books are almost always great and this one is no exception. It started strong and stayed that way throughout, until the very, very last minutes when a spousal confession became just too much to accept (in the context of all the other events within the book.) Nevertheless, I'll give it four stars, maybe even 4.5. It certainly kept me listening with rapt attention as the plot and its many subplots were experienced. Best of all, I didn't know who the really, really bad guy was until the end, and that makes it a good thriller in my book!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    KP United States 06-14-13
    KP United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    250
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    274
    85
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    14
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Twists, Turns, and a Likeable "Hero" Besides"

    This is the first Linwood Barclay I have read. I chose it because a co-worker recommended the author, and this was the highest-rated one available from Audible at the time.

    I would categorize this as a thriller and mystery.

    I liked the main character, Jim Cutter, because he's a straight-shooter, the type you find yourself liking even though he doesn't always do exactly the right thing. Though it started off a little slow, once the pace picked up, the story remained consistently entertaining. There are lots of twists and turns, some predictable and some not, which helped my commute go by more quickly.

    All that said, the experience of reading this was just okay. When I read something I really like, I can't wait to go jump back in the car to hear the next segment of the story. That just didn't happen with this. For me, three stars = I liked it (whereas four stars = really liked it and five stars = it was amazing -- the Goodreads rating system).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kaye E Steeno New Braunfels, TX, US 09-05-09
    Kaye E Steeno New Braunfels, TX, US 09-05-09 Member Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    71
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    640
    53
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    "Only So-So"

    As I started the book I thought, "What possessed me to buy this book?" Then it got a little better, then it didn't. This book is mostly back story and there is very little current story line. It moves slowly as all of the back story has to be told in order to conclude the plot. I found it very predictable and rather trite in many places. The characters are not very well developed. The narrator is only average. I had a difficult time separating one character speaking for another.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Richard 07-17-09
    Richard 07-17-09 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    59
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "slowwwwwwwwww"

    could be a short story, cardboard characters, snore.... not clever no edge, dull dull dull, inexperienced author, painful a whole book of stating the obvious.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 04-08-15
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 04-08-15 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1266
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    209
    187
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    268
    75
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Should really be 3 1/2 stars"

    There are plots and subplots which will hook you from the very beginning (with a very likable main character to boot), so for that it would give it four stars. However, when the mystery finally unravels, it falls a little flat on its face--so for that I would have to take at least a half star away. Still, I will recommend it as an entertaining mystery. Christopher Lane, as always, does an excellent job with the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jacqueline 04-04-15
    Jacqueline 04-04-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1049
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    544
    130
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    170
    7
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "it just keeps pulling you in"

    Like most of Barclay story lines--these people live in a community made up of normal, everyday, working for a living, back yard bbq neighborhoods. They are friendly people who don't expect anything unusual to change their lives in any dramatic way--but one day something happens. Life changes for one family in particular. Like domino's falling over, each action creates another action, and it seems like it will never stop.

    Very good writing--and the narration is spot on. If you want to take your mind off of your own troubles for awhile, read one of his--and your life may seem to be pretty good after all. Things could be so much worse.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    shelley Raleigh, NC 04-10-14
    shelley Raleigh, NC 04-10-14 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    391
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    629
    113
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    38
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Plots and subplots galore"
    What made the experience of listening to Too Close to Home the most enjoyable?

    Lots of twists, multiple subplots, definitely must pay attention to story. Well written and narrated. Good story.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    Christopher Lane did a great performance. Easy character differentiation with his tones and cadence.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. With all the underlying plots and motives the ending was a total surprise. Worth the $ or credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    David Abilene, TX 10-23-13
    David Abilene, TX 10-23-13 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    38
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    148
    26
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very Enjoyable Book"

    I really wanted to give this book five stars. Barclay is an excellent story-teller, and the book was thoroughly enjoyable, interesting, and entertaining. The only drawback was that parts of it were pretty predictable, and I was wondering why the main characters took so long to catch on. Other than that, it was one of the most enjoyable books I've heard in a while.

    I am so glad I caught this book, not only because it was entertaining, but also because I was told the story by Christopher Lane. I wasn't sure if I had heard him before, but I looked back at my library and saw that he has performed in some Dean Koontz books that I've *read*. I didn't take notice before, but in "Too Close to Home," and in Barclay's "No Time for Goodbye" (which I also just recently listened to), I really came to appreciate Lane as a narrator. He's really top notch--one of the best. A good narrator really brings a book to life, and does make a difference. Wonderful job, Mr. Lane.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Leslie West Roxbury, MA, United States 04-22-12
    Leslie West Roxbury, MA, United States 04-22-12 Member Since 2004

    Like mainly mystery and suspense with a bit of chick lit and non-fiction thrown in. Severe addiction going on 10 years to Audiobooks.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    91
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    85
    48
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Probably my favorite Barclay book"
    Any additional comments?

    What a great story! Your regular family, going about their business until tragedy strikes in their neighborhood and their son is a suspect. The mystery is good and you follow the family in an emotional and financial race to find out what happened to the family next door. If you haven't tried Barclay, this is a great one to start with. You will be hooked.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 13 results PREVIOUS12NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.