Too Close to Home

Too Close to Home

Book - 2008
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Random House, Inc.
“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.

Baker & Taylor
Using his neighbor's house to spend some private time with his girlfriend while the Barclays are on vacation, Derek Cutter suddenly becomes the prime suspect in a small-town murder case when the Barclays return home early and are unexpectedly killed--with Derek still hiding in their basement. By the author of No Time for Goodbye. 125,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
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.
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.

Baker
& Taylor

Using his neighbors' temporarily empty house to spend some private time with his girlfriend, Derek Cutter becomes the prime suspect in a murder case when the neighbors return from their vacation early and are killed--with Derek still hiding in their basement.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2008
ISBN: 9780553805567
0553805568
Characteristics: 404 p. ; 24 cm

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mwegmann
Dec 21, 2016

Good domestic thriller, with fairly predictable ending. It is an easy read, with good flow and believable characters. Impressed by how prolific the author is.

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Yoo_hoo5
Aug 03, 2015

eh, just an okay book.
The trouble I had with the book was the language. For educated people and people who were made out to be decent people, their vulgarity was out of character. As well, what parent allows their son to use such vulgarity in front of them? Why do authors feel like in order to grab the reader's attention, they need to use profanity? It actually ruins it for me.
I also thought it a little out there that the mayor who'd been beaten and ridiculed by his own employee would ask that employee to stay in his employ.
It was well-written, minus the language, but it just didn't garner a high rating for me.

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BLACKSQUIRREL_1
Jul 26, 2014

kind of predictable, but i like his books.
2 background characters (cop & lawyer) were in another book of his i read recently--(A Tap on the Window?),as well as the name of the town. Maybe he's going to develop them into a series.

mjsn Jun 22, 2012

The Langleys were murdered in their own home one summer night. They were leaving town but had an emergency so turned around and came back home. The son of the family who lived next door, Derek, was hiding in the Langleys house to hang out while they were away and saw the murders and the murderer. Before he knew it there was evidence pointing at him as the murderer. Very good suspense novel with lots of twists and turns.

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mntullo
Sep 19, 2010

A great book, just make sure you have time to read it because you don't want to put it down.....

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blossom21
Feb 23, 2010

Winner of the Ellis Award for mystery fiction in 2009, this thriller is a gem. Exciting, believable characters, a good plot, a good who-done-it and lots of humour.

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