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
"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
"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