Too Close to Home

Version: Unabridged
Author: Linwood Barclay
Narrator: Christopher Lane
Genres: Thriller
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: September 2008
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 11 hours
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Overview

“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.
Praise for Too Close to Home
“[Linwood] Barclay knows how to put ordinary people into extraordinarily dangerous circumstances. . . . Readers will zip through it with delight.”—Publishers Weekly
“[An] affecting and effective thriller.”—Wall Street Journal Review

Reviews (2)

Too Close to Home

Written by Connie on July 27th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was a great mystery listen, many different sub-plots that left you guessing till the end, who actually 'did it'. A very good author, and the narrator was also good.

Book is great but chapters annoying.

Written by FConrad on July 12th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I absolutely love to read this writers creations. Too bad he only has 2 books to select from. What I do find extremely annoying, (and not confined to just this writer), is the way the book is divided up into 99 audio-file chapters. There is a constant pausing in the middle of the sentence to change chapters. You can get completely unfocused with the partial sentences that are created by the pauses when dividing into separate audio files. Could someone tell me why?????? Why is it necessary to divide the CD into 99 audio files????? It is just plain ANNOYING!!!

Author Details

Author Details

Barclay, Linwood

Linwood Barclay is a former columnist for the Toronto Star. He is the author of several critically acclaimed novels, including No Time for Goodbye, Stone Rain and Lone Wolf. He lives near Toronto with his wife and has two grown children.