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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.

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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.

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    Bernie Las Vegas, NV, USA 03-30-09
    Bernie Las Vegas, NV, USA 03-30-09
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    "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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    KP United States 06-14-13
    KP United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2005
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    "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
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    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!

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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    shelley Raleigh, NC 04-10-14
    shelley Raleigh, NC 04-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "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
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    David Abilene, TX 10-23-13
    David Abilene, TX 10-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "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
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    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.

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    "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
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    rebekah ellerbe 08-28-11 Member Since 2009
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    "good story line but too drawn out"

    This book is very tedious to listen to. Facts as reiterated and plentiful. Good narration, however could not encourage anyone to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kaye E Steeno New Braunfels, TX, US 09-05-09
    Kaye E Steeno New Braunfels, TX, US 09-05-09 Member Since 2004
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 07-17-09
    Richard 07-17-09
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope 08-02-14
    Calliope 08-02-14
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    "Not his best - just an OK experience"

    I've read and listened to a few of Barclay's books before, and they were better written and more enjoyable than this one. One of the things I like about his books is that his protagonists are ordinary people caught up in unfortunate circumstances, and that's true here too, but I thought that some of the characters were either particularly stupid or weak, and that bothered me. Also, this is, at the end, a story of revenge - and I don't particularly like revenge stories - they're colder than the more common and passionate motivators of action like money, lust, jealousy, or power.

    The narrator was fine, but just OK - I don't think he really added much to the experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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