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Too Close to Home

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Christopher Lane

11 Hours 0 Minutes

Brilliance Audio

September 2008

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“The night they killed our neighbors, we never heard a thing.”

In a quiet suburban neighborhood, in a house only one door away, a family is brutally murdered for no apparent reason. And you think to yourself: It could have been us. And you start to wonder: What if we’re next?

Linwood Barclay, critically acclaimed author of No Time for Goodbye, brings terror closer than ever before in a thriller where murder strikes in the place we feel safest of all. Promise Falls isn’t the kind of community where a family is shot to death in their own home. But that is exactly what happened to the Langleys one sweltering summer night, and no one in this small upstate New York town is more shocked than their next-door neighbors, Jim and Ellen Cutter. They visited for the occasional barbecue and their son, Derek, was friends with the Langleys’ boy, Adam; but how well did they really know their neighbors?

That’s the question Jim Cutter is asking, and the answers he’s getting aren’t reassuring. Albert Langley was a successful, well-respected criminal lawyer, but was he so good at getting criminals off that he was the victim of revenge—a debt his innocent family also paid in blood? From the town’s criminally corrupt mayor to the tragic suicide of a talented student a decade before, Promise Falls has more than its share of secrets. And Jim Cutter, failed artist turned landscaper, need look no further than his own home and his wife Ellen’s past to know that things aren’t always what they seem. But not even Jim and Ellen are ready to know that their son was in the Langley house the night the family was murdered.

Suddenly the Cutters must face the unthinkable: that a murderer isn’ t just stalking too close to home but is inside it already. For the Langleys weren’ t the first to die and they won’t be the last.

Praise for Too Close to Home

“[Linwood] Barclay knows how to put ordinary people into extraordinarily dangerous circumstances. . . . Readers will zip through it with delight.”—Publishers Weekly

“[An] affecting and effective thriller.”—Wall Street Journal Review

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  • Steve A.

    This was my first Linwood Barclay book, but it won't be the last. The character development was excellent, and there were more twists and turns than San Francisco's Lombard Street. I stayed captivated to the very end. Barclay has a very efficient style of writing, and there are no wasted words. I can't wait to explore other titles from this author, and I just checked, and there are 22 more books he has written. If they are as good as "Too Close To Home," I'll be reading Linwood Barclay for years.

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  • Connie

    This was a great mystery listen, many different sub-plots that left you guessing till the end, who actually 'did it'. A very good author, and the narrator was also good.

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  • FConrad

    I absolutely love to read this writers creations. Too bad he only has 2 books to select from. What I do find extremely annoying, (and not confined to just this writer), is the way the book is divided up into 99 audio-file chapters. There is a constant pausing in the middle of the sentence to change chapters. You can get completely unfocused with the partial sentences that are created by the pauses when dividing into separate audio files. Could someone tell me why?????? Why is it necessary to divide the CD into 99 audio files????? It is just plain ANNOYING!!!

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