The internationally bestselling 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.
LINWOOD BARCLAY is the New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of numerous acclaimed novels, including Parting Shot, Broken Promise, No Time for Goodbye and Trust Your Eyes, which has been optioned for film.
#1 National Bestseller
A Globe and Mail Best Book of 2018
"Vintage Barclay—an utterly compelling read with a twist you won't see coming. I loved it!" —Shari Lapena, internationally bestselling author of A Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the House
"Linwood Barclay's novels—as intelligent as Michael Connelly's, as compelling as Harlan Coben's—never fail to astonish. A Noise Downstairs, his best work yet, is a cobra of a story: smooth, slippery, unnerving . . . and likely to strike when you least expect it. I devoured this book." —A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
"You won't put this one down." —The Globe and Mail
"Barclay has written 18 novels, none as infernally creepy as his latest book." —Toronto Star
"In A Noise Downstairs, [Barclay] creates the last word in unreliable narrators, in the process launching readers into 350 pages of unease and doubt. . . . Once again, Barclay has given his skills a good push, and while he's at it, gives readers one, too." —The London Free Press
"[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
"[A]rtfully crafted. . . . Don't turn your back on any of these guys." —The New York Times Book Review
"A creepy and compelling standalone. . . . Barclay expertly weaves together the various plot strands to reach a wholly unexpected conclusion." —The Guardian (UK)
"Cunning. . . . Twist-packed." —Sunday Times (UK)
"[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
"Prepared to be blindsided by an ending you didn't see coming. Barclay's nerve-wracking tale will have readers scared to close their eyes at night." —Library Journal
"[A] fast-paced psychological thriller. . . . Harlan Coben fans will find much to like." —Publishers Weekly
"[A] twisty psychological tale. . . . A satisfying and clever novel. The large cast and the story's many moving parts perfectly set the reader up for the final climactic twist." —Mystery Scene
"Barclay’s latest thrillers mixes a whole bunch of red herrings and left-field twists into one satisfying summer read." —Readers Digest
"Barclay cranks up the suspense, putting a tight cast of characters and promising plot twists into play." —Canada.com
"A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay is the summer thriller read for the year." —The Florida Times-Union
"A Noise Downstairs will astound, confound and thrill you. You'll need to read it with your wits about you and you'll want to sleep with your eyes open afterwards. A masterful novel." —Gilly Macmillan, author of What She Knew and The Perfect Girl
"One of the world's finest thriller writers on the top of his game. A Noise Downstairs is a blinder—his best yet" —Peter James, internationally bestselling author of the Roy Grace series