My Mini Review + Favorite Quotes From… A Tap On The Window by Linwood Barclay

Title: A Tap on the Window
Author: Linwood Barclay
Original Publication Date: August 06, 2013
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Fiction, Suspense

Goodreads Synopsis: When Cal Weaver stops at a red light on a rainy night while driving home, he ignores the bedraggled-looking teenage girl trying to hitch a ride – even when she starts tapping on his window. But as soon as he realises she’s one of his son’s classmates, he knows he can’t really leave her, alone, on the street.

But nothing prepares him for the consequences of trying to help her out.The next morning he’s gone from Good Samaritan to Murder Suspect, and with one girl dead and another missing, he’s suddenly at the centre of a deadly puzzle that reaches right to the heart of the town – from its bullying police force to its strangely furtive mayor – and finally to one family’s shocking secret.


My Mini Review

The last half of A Tap on the Window was jaw-dropping. My eyes were constantly popping open– I just could NOT put the book down for the last 2-3 hours. I stayed up until the sun rose to finish it.

While the beginning was a little slow going, everything was said and done for a reason. Cal Weaver, our protagonist, may have us focused on one mystery but, there were many more along the way.

The story was action-packed and less revolved around the characters but, I still felt a connection with each one. I rooted for some and was weary about others. I could never pinpoint ‘whodunit’ in any situation, I was blind sighted and shocked thousands of times. I loved the small town setting, how everyone knew each other somehow, and that everything tied together seamlessly.

My Rating: 5 out of 5
Dates Read: April 30-May 21, 2019


My Favorite Quotes

“Sometimes doing the right thing hurts.– Sometimes, doing the right thing is not always worth doing. It’s hard to be right all the time. It’s not an easy way to live your life.”

“We’ve decided we can’t control what our kids do, so we’re just happy if we know where they’re doing it.”

“It didn’t do me any good to dwell on these things. But there were so many to dwell on.”

25 thoughts on “My Mini Review + Favorite Quotes From… A Tap On The Window by Linwood Barclay

  1. I have not read any of this author’s books but I know they are popular. I love these types of books in principle but often in reality they leave me a bit disappointed, maybe I’ll give this one a go if I can find it at work though 🙂 glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. I had only heard of Linwood Barclay when I started this book! I didn’t know how popular he was. What do you usually find disappointing about these sort of books? I’m curious!

      I hope you do enjoy this one if you find it. 🙂

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      1. I find the endings predictable or the plot not as gripping as the cover and blurb promises or the story too drawn out and long. I love watching those sort of shows but not reading about them as fun.

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    1. I was not expecting his son’s death to be solved. I just kind of thought it was something he wasn’t able to get over! It was sooo good, better than I even expected. Thank you again, Norrie!!

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  2. I’m adding this to my list. After reading the wife between us, as suggested by Mackenzie, I’ve been wanting to read more thrillers or mystery books so this is perfect. I’m more interested because you gave it a 5 out 5 lol

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