A Tap on the Window

It just wouldn’t be summertime without another thriller from Linwood Barclay. Like clockwork he churns out one great book after the other. A Tap on the Window is no exception. Cal Weaver still has many questions he wants answered after the tragic death of his son Scott, so when a soaking wet teenage girl taps on his car window asking for a ride home (yes alarm bells should have gone off in his head) he offers her a ride because, hope against hope, he thinks that she may be able to offer some info as to who sold Scott the drugs that eventually lead to his death. But the situation turns peculiar after a stop at a roadside diner when Cal realizes there is something weird about the girl, and what he’s got himself into. But of course it’s too late to go back and undo what’s already been done.  He soon realizes that Griffon New York is a town full of secrets, and the further he delves into his suspicions about Scott, and the girl he picked up, the deeper he gets involved. Barclay is a fantastic writer. His books are fast paced to say the least, full of twists and turns at every corner, and a joy to read. You won’t find better if it’s a thriller you’re looking for.

I want to point out a passage (page 210) that stuck with me… “The thing was, my generation felt so advanced, communicating through e-mails, but most kids texted, having abandoned e-mail long ago.”  There’s a little voice in my head that keeps saying “I told you Mum… e-mail is now for “oldies”.

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