Thursday, August 14, 2008

Too Close To Home

Too Close to Home by Linwood Barclay (ARC) ~~

“The night they killed our neighbors, we never heard a thing.”

In a quiet suburban neighborhood, in a house only one door away, a family is brutally murdered for no apparent reason. And you think to yourself: It could have been us. And you start to wonder: What if we’re next?

Linwood Barclay, critically acclaimed author of No Time for Goodbye, brings terror closer than ever before in a thriller where murder strikes in the place we feel safest of all. Promise Falls isn’t the kind of community where a family is shot to death in their own home. But that is exactly what happened to the Langleys one sweltering summer night, and no one in this small upstate New York town is more shocked than their next-door neighbors, Jim and Ellen Cutter. They visited for the occasional barbecue and their son, Derek, was friends with the Langleys’ boy, Adam; but how well did they really know their neighbors?

That’s the question Jim Cutter is asking, and the answers he’s getting aren’t reassuring. Albert Langley was a successful, well-respected criminal lawyer, but was he so good at getting criminals off that he was the victim of revenge—a debt his innocent family also paid in blood? From the town’s criminally corrupt mayor to the tragic suicide of a talented student a decade before, Promise Falls has more than its share of secrets. And Jim Cutter, failed artist turned landscaper, need look no further than his own home and his wife Ellen’s past to know that things aren’t always what they seem. But not even Jim and Ellen are ready to know that their son was in the Langley house the night the family was murdered.

Suddenly the Cutters must face the unthinkable: that a murderer isn’t just stalking too close to home but is inside it already. For the Langleys weren’t the first to die and they won’t be the last.

When their neighbors the Langley's are murdered in their home, the Cutter family no longer feels safe. Was Albert Langley the true target of the killers, or was it a case of mistaken identity and it was really the Cutter's the killer were after? What is a father to do when he finds out his son is in the home at the time of the killing? What will parents do to prove their child innocent? The entire story revolves around two kids messing around with and old computer that holds many secrets - and who will go to what length to protect those secrets. While not as "page turning" as No Time For Goodbye was, there were definitely enough elements to keep you turning the pages. One of the last secrets revealed is not one to be expected and the uncovering of the murderer will certainly surprise you. B+


jaime said...

Another one for my wishlist!

Wendy said...

I enjoy Linwood Barclay's writing. Glad to see this one doesn't disappoint! Looking forward to reading it :)

Dar said...

I really liked No Time for Goodbye. This next one is a definite must read-I just put it on hold at the library. Thanks for a great review.

Becky LeJeune said...

Yay! This one is in my stack to read along with one of his older titles.

Teddy Rose said...

Great review Lori! I added a link on the ARC Challenge page on my blog. Congrat on finishing and surpassing the challenge! I do plan to host it again starting later in October. Hope you can join us again!