A Tap on the Window

  • by Linwood Barclay
  • Narrated by Mark Zeisler
  • 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Cal Weaver stops at a red light on a rainy night while driving home, he ignores the bedraggled-looking teenaged girl trying to hitch a lift. Even when she starts tapping on his window. But when she says, 'hey, aren't you Scott's dad?' and he realizes she's one of his son's classmates, he can't really ignore her. OK, so giving a ride to a teenage girl might not be the smartest move, but how much harm could it do?
Over the next 24 hours Cal is about to find out. When the girl, Claire, asks to stop at a restroom on the way home, he's happy to oblige. But the girl who gets back in the car seems strangely nervous, and it's only when they get nearer their destination that Cal realizes she no longer has the nasty cut that he noticed on Claire's hand. After he's finally let her out of the car he remains puzzled and intrigued. But it's only the next morning that he starts to really worry.
That's when the police cruiser turns up at his door and asks him if he gave a lift to a girl the previous night. A girl who has now been found brutally murdered. If Cal is going to clear his name he's going to figure out what Claire was really up to and what part he played in her curious deception. But doing so will involve him in some of the small town of Griffon's most carefully kept secrets - and a conspiracy as bizarre as it is deadly.
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Slow to get going

Linwood Barclay has written some gripping thrillers but this isn't one of them. It takes nearly 9 hours of listening padded out by inconsequential details for the momentum to get going. It's a thin story that depends on some stupid decisions by the main character mixed with the fallout from his son's death a couple months earlier. The book did get better for the last few hours as the various strands of the narrative, that seemed unconnected, came together.
The narrator is very good.

I've listened to many audio books and this one has the longest silent pauses between chapters that I've ever come across. I kept thinking my player had turned off.
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- Kirstine

Don't bother

Would you try another book written by Linwood Barclay or narrated by Mark Zeisler?

I was looking for something easy when I picked this as I'd just finished a fairly heavy book. Having read a few Linwood Barclay's previous books I thought this would be a safe choice. How wrong I was. A terrible and utterly impluasible storyline, cringeworthy dialogue all delivered in a gruff and aggresive tone throughout. Unless you fancy having someone shout a rubbish story at you for 12 hours, I would certainly not recommend this audiobook.


What will your next listen be?

I will be looking for another crime or thriller audiobook, but will avoid Linwood Barclay like the plague.


What aspect of Mark Zeisler’s performance might you have changed?

His performance was fine, I think the source material was the problem.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger and how bad it was, dissapointment that I'd wasted a credit.


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- purplemunkey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-10-2013
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group