I started to write a standard review of “A Tap on the Window”, but it just didn’t feel right. This isn’t a normal book. Mr. Barclay has used some very dark colors to paint this picture of a small town an hour from the perceived crime capital of the region, Buffalo, New York. All of the townspeople are a bit off, no one is a real good guy. The cops take the outsiders to the edge of town, knock out a few teeth, and tell them to get out of town and don’t come back. The cops will stop teenagers and harass them for no real reason.The mayor, Bert Sanders, has made bringing the cops in line his number one issue. The cops seem to watching his house.
Cal Weaver lets Claire, the mayor’s daughter, into his car outside of Patchett’s Bar, the local watering hole that has no problem letting underage kids in for a few drinks. She is the start of Cal’s problem. She disappears, her girlfriend ends up dead, and the cops are looking at Cal.
Cal figures that he better find Claire if he wants to stay out of jail.
This is a dark, disturbing book. I liked it, but can’t say that I enjoyed it. There is a lot of gray people in this book. No one is really a good guy. Everyone is warped in some way. Even the kids know that they have no chance, so they head to the dark side, they drink, do drugs, and mess up, because thats what is expected of them. When you finish this book, you feel beat up, like you’ve been though a war. It is definitely worth reading, just be prepared for a battle, and don’t expect this to be Mayberry RFD.
I give this book 4 Stars out of 5, and a Thumbs Up. I would give it a higher score, but some of the story is a bit to far fetched. You think “That would have never happened”. But here in Griffon, who knows, maybe it would. I recommend this book, just be aware of the darkness.
I received this Digital Review Copy for free from edelweiss.com.
Release date: August 6, 2013
Hailed as “a suspense master” by Stephen King, Linwood Barclay now reveals the dark side of a small town—and the even darker secrets that hide there…
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.
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: NAL Hardcover (August 6, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
About the Author
Linwood Barclay is a former columnist for The Toronto Star and the author of several critically acclaimed novels, including Too Close to Home and No Time for Goodbye, a #1 Sunday Times (UK) bestseller. He lives near Toronto with his wife.
The book description is from Amazon. A Tap on the Window