Book Review: A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay

That’s dedication for you…posting a review on my birthday!! Yay Happy Birthday to me


Here’s my thoughts on Linwood Barclay’s A Tap on the Window…I’m off for coffee and cake 🙂

A Tap On The WindowWhat’s it about?

When Cal Weaver stops at red light on a rainy night while driving home, he ignores the bedraggled-looking teenaged girl trying to hitch a lift. Even when she starts tapping on his window. But when she says, ‘hey, aren’t you Scott’s dad?’ and he realizes she’s one of his son’s classmates, he can’t really ignore her. OK, so giving a ride to a teenage girl might not be the smartest move, but how much harm could it do?

Over the next 24 hours Cal is about to find out. When the girl, Claire, asks to stop at a restroom on the way home, he’s happy to oblige. But the girl who gets back in the car seems strangely nervous, and it’s only when they get nearer their destination that Cal realizes she no longer has the nasty cut that he noticed on Claire’s hand. After he’s finally let her out of the car he remains puzzled and intrigued. But it’s only the next morning that he starts to really worry. That’s when the police cruiser turns up at his door and asks him if he gave a lift to a girl the previous night. A girl who has now been found brutally murdered.

If Cal is going to clear his name he’s going to figure out what Claire was really up to and what part he played in her curious deception. But doing so will involve him in some of the small town of Griffon’s most carefully kept secrets – and a conspiracy as bizarre as it is deadly.

My thoughts

Having only read one other Linwood Barclay novel (No Time for Goodbye) which I really enjoyed, I was really eager to get started on Barclay’s latest offering. Well…I wasn’t disappointed! I was totally gripped from the first chapter.

The book is filled with conspiracies, cover ups, police bullying, and the protagonist, Cal, trying to exonerate himself and discover the truth.

This is a really great thriller with so many twists and turns with an ending that I just didn’t see coming.

Regular readers of my blog will know that I love a good legal thriller (ie John Grisham-esque) but I think Linwood Barclay could be also become a firm favourite – I just need to read more!

Although..I do actually prefer the proof copy cover that I received compared to the published cover. Which do you prefer?











Thanks to Graeme at Orion Books for sending through a pre publication copy for review.

Available from Amazon as Hardback | Kindle


  1. 10th October 2013 / 5:49 pm

    Happy Birthday Lindsay!

    Fab review.

    I think the new cover is more eye-catching and I would be more likely to pick it up off a shelf or click on a link …


  2. 11th October 2013 / 4:14 pm

    I like the proof copy too, but maybe I’m biased as I’m the mother of both Graeme at Orion, and the girl on the cover!

  3. 13th October 2013 / 7:19 pm

    Thank you ladies for stopping by and commenting.

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