Book Review: A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay
A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay
This is a suspenseful thriller that twists and turns until the end. Carl Weaver is mourning the loss of his son Scott who tragically jumped from a building when high on drugs. He is driving home on a rainy night months later when he stops at a red light and a bedraggled-looking teenager taps on his window wanting a lift. Of course, he’s a middle-aged man, so he tries to ignore her. But then he realises she is one of his son’s classmates and he doesn’t feel like he can just leave her on the side of the road. He knows that giving a teenage girl a ride isn’t the brightest thing to do but what harm can it do?
Cal is about to find out that his decision to give her a lift will have tragic consequences. The girl, Claire, asks if she can stop at restroom on the way home. But the girl who finally gets into his car is strangely nervous and only when they drive further does Cal realise that it’s someone trying to impersonate Claire. Worse still the new girl demands that he stops his car when he calls her on the deception and she runs off into the middle of the night. What is going on? Being a Private Investigator he is determined to get to the bottom of it, now feeling responsible for the two girls after his brief encounter with them. But things get very hairy indeed when one of the girls is found murdered and the other has disappeared. And meanwhile he is still trying to find out more information about his son’s death.
This is a compelling thriller that at times is quite bleak, but there are enough twists to keep you reading. Linwood Barclay is a world-class thriller writer, and he delivers another page-turning read.