A NOISE DOWNSTAIRS by Linwood Barclay {Review}


Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: July 24, 2018
Source: Borrowed from the library
Rating: ★★★★½


The New York Times bestselling author of NO TIME FOR GOODBYE returns with a haunting psychological thriller that blends the twists and turns of Gillian Flynn with the driving suspense of Harlan Coben, in which a man is troubled by odd sounds for which there is no rational explanation.

College professor Paul Davis is a normal guy with a normal life. Until, driving along a deserted road late one night, he surprises a murderer disposing of a couple of bodies. That’s when Paul’s “normal” existence is turned upside down. After nearly losing his own life in that encounter, he finds himself battling PTSD, depression, and severe problems at work. His wife, Charlotte, desperate to cheer him up, brings home a vintage typewriter—complete with ink ribbons and heavy round keys—to encourage him to get started on that novel he’s always intended to write.

However, the typewriter itself is a problem. Paul swears it’s possessed and types by itself at night. But only Paul can hear the noise coming from downstairs; Charlotte doesn’t hear a thing. And she worries he’s going off the rails.

Paul believes the typewriter is somehow connected to the murderer he discovered nearly a year ago. The killer had made his victims type apologies to him before ending their lives. Has another sick twist of fate entwined his life with the killer—could this be the same machine? Increasingly tormented but determined to discover the truth and confront his nightmare, Paul begins investigating the deaths himself.

But that may not be the best thing to do. Maybe Paul should just take the typewriter back to where his wife found it. Maybe he should stop asking questions and simply walk away while he can…


A NOISE DOWNSTAIRS is a creepy, twisty, and addictive thriller. One night professor Paul Davis stumbles across a colleague attempting to dispose of two bodies along a desolate road; eight months later, Paul is still suffering with the trauma. To lift his spirits, his wife buys him an old-fashioned typewriter in hopes that he’ll start writing again. But, poor Paul, late at night he’s the only one who can hear the typewriter’s keys tapping away on their own, and he’s convinced it had something to do with the double murder eight months ago.

I flew through this book it was so good! The mystery of the noise downstairs had me freaking out. I would be terrified to think my typewriter was possessed. This was a suspenseful, multi-layered mystery, and all the parts came together skillfully. One particular twist toward the end had me floored. Wha??? I had to reread it a couple of times to make sure it really happened. Weeks after reading this book, I’m still stunned! Wow. This is the first book by Linwood Barclay I’ve read, and I’m already a fan.

THE LIES WE TOLD by Camilla Way {Review}


Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Source: Review copy from the publisher
Rating: ★★★★½


The highly acclaimed author of Watching Edie returns with a new novel of dark psychological suspense that explores how those closest to us have the most to hide…

A daughter. Beth has always known there was something strange about her daughter, Hannah. The lack of emotion, the disturbing behavior, the apparent delight in hurting others. Sometimes Beth is scared of her and what she could be capable of.

A son. Luke comes from the perfect family, with the perfect parents. But one day, he disappears without a trace, and his girlfriend, Clara, is desperate to discover what has happened to him.

A life built on lies. As Clara digs into the past, she realizes that no family is truly perfect, and uncovers a link between Luke’s long-lost sister and a strange girl named Hannah. Now Luke’s life is in danger because of the lies once told and the secrets once kept. Can Clara find him before it’s too late?


THE LIES WE TOLD is a gripping and emotional psychological thriller, told mainly from the POVs of two women thirty years apart. Both are faced with a terrible situation. In present day, Clara’s boyfriend Luke has gone missing without a trace, while back in the 1980s, Beth is struggling to raise her very troubled daughter. But how are they connected? Secrets and lies rarely stay hidden forever, as Clara soon finds as she searches for clues to Luke’s disappearance.

This book is dark and unsettling, in particular Beth’s dilemma with her daughter, Hannah. What’s a mother to do? Ugh! I was impressed with how the author wove the many threads of this suspenseful mystery together, and just when you think things have reached a conclusion — hold on! This is the second book I’ve read AND loved by Camilla Way. Eagerly anticipating her next!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

THE NEW NEIGHBORS by Simon Lelic {Review}


Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Source: Review copy from the publisher
Rating: ★★★★½


The Girl Before meets The Couple Next Door in a Hitchcockian thriller about a couple who moves into their dream neighborhood only to discover nothing is as it seems…

The perfect couple. The perfect house. The perfect crime.

Londoners Jack and Syd found their dream home: lots of space, a great location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.

Everything is exactly what they hoped for when they move in–except Jack makes a disturbing discovery in the attic, and Syd begins to wonder about the girl next door. And they each keep the other in the dark.

A mistake.

Because someone has just been killed outside their back door, and now the police are watching them. This is their chance to prove they’re innocent–or to get away with murder.

Whose story do you believe?


THE NEW NEIGHBORS is a dark and creepy thriller-ish novel about a couple whose “dream” home is anything but. The book ended up being so much more than what the blurb hinted at. It was deeper, more emotional, and more distressing! Told in a dual narrative, the story alternates between Jack and Syd, the new owners of this perfect London house that they seem to have come by too easily.

Much of their narrative is told in journal form, with Jack and Syd writing to each other – and to the police – about the troubling and tragic things that have happened since buying the house, and in their separate lives before, which led them to this point. The style was a little confusing at first, but after a couple of chapters I was hooked. Jack and Syd were well-drawn and compelling characters I could easily empathize with.

THE NEW NEIGHBORS was a fast-paced riveting read for me. I loved the eerie tone throughout – felt like a gothic thriller. Hard to put down and original!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.