A Tap on the Window

A Tap on the Window

Book - 2013
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"It's been two months since private investigator Cal Weaver's teenage son Scott died in a tragic accident. Ever since, he and his wife have drifted apart, fracturing a once-normal life. Cal is mired in grief, a grief he can't move past. And maybe his grief has clouded his judgment. Because driving home one night, he makes his first big mistake. A girl drenched in rain taps on his car window and asks for a ride as he sits at a stoplight. Even though he knows a fortysomething man picking up a teenage hitchhiker is a fool, he lets her in. She's the same age as Scott, and maybe she can help Cal find the dealer who sold his son the drugs that killed him. After a brief stop at a roadside diner, Cal senses that something's not right with the girl or the situation. But it's too late. He's already involved. Now Cal is drawn into a nightmare of pain and suspicion. Something is horribly wrong in the small town of Griffon in upstate New York. There are too many secrets there, too many lies and cover-ups. And Cal has decided to expose those secrets, one by one. That's his second big mistake"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : New American Library, 2013.
ISBN: 9780451414182
Characteristics: 500 pages ; 24 cm

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jachayden
Aug 28, 2018

Main character thinks he far, far cooler and more mysterious and suave than he actually is. Let's be clear, he spies on the very simple people around his very simple small town for unsteady money because he was unable to stay employed through standard avenues. He is a pesky guy around town who thinks he's doing his own wife a favour by being an emotionally and usually physically absent husband who can barely stand to have a civil conversation with her. Book was far too wordy, story could have been over in done with in 300 pages and the text up over 500. Most of the characters are morally sketchy and there's no one in particular who deserves to be rooted for. Not enjoyable to read. Completed August 2018.

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ALB126
Jul 17, 2018

Great read. Solid plot with believable characters.

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sandra80
Jun 06, 2017

I like this series and the author. Like his stand alone books even more. Great Canandian author!

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LadyJaneBrais
Jun 05, 2017

I rarely score a book with five stars. This was an outstanding novel, the fourth one I have read by this author. He creates characters that are real people, and places them in situations that boggle the mind. There isn't always a romance or a happy ending, yet his books are extremely satisfying and thought-provoking. And, Mr. Barclay is a Canadian author!

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McAnnieG
Apr 27, 2016

Cal Weaver is a son-less father and his obsession on looking for the source of the drugs that led to his son's death is destroying his life. His wife Donna is hurting and their marriage is damaged. Giving a ride to a teenage girl one rainy night lands Cal in the midst of police investigations for 2 missing girls. Sad story, well written. Linwood Barclay novels are usually intense in some manner.

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bigfeet
Feb 11, 2015

You can count on this author for a good thriller and this was no disappointment.

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reader10000
Sep 11, 2014

Not his best. Definite decline from his initial books. Very lazy in character development

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slarsen
Aug 30, 2014

I really liked this story and I liked his style of writing. I will get more of his books. I love finding a new author!

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whyilikered
Aug 20, 2014

Once every decade, one should read a "low brow" novel. Thankfully I will not have to read another until 2024! Next time, I will just read the beginning and the end to find out "whodunit." Spoiler Alert: As expected the true villan is a minor character who cheats on his wife, not the masS murderer.

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BLACKSQUIRREL_1
Jul 18, 2014

a couple too many twists on the ending, but good

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oneal_yako
Aug 05, 2013

oneal_yako thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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