Book Review: A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay @doubledayca @PenguinRandomCA @linwood_barclay #ANoiseDownstairs #bookreview #partner #bookblogger #bookreviewer #booksonthebookshelf



PUBLISHER: Doubleday Canada

PUBLICATION DATE: July 24th, 2018



Thank you to Doubleday Canada and Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a beautiful paperback copy of A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay to read and share my review with my social media followers. I have heard many wonderful things about this book from other bookstagrammers and book bloggers and I was thrilled to have received a copy to read. This book guys. I loved it…


Paul Davis is hearing some very strange noises in the night. He hears the clickety-click of a manual typewriter–as if someone is vigorously tapping the keys. The eerie sounds began soon after his wife, Charlotte, bought him a classic antique Underwood. But only Paul can hear the noise coming from downstairs; Charlotte doesn’t hear anything unusual.

Is Paul losing his mind? Maybe. Or is something really there? Eight months ago, he stumbled upon Connecticut’s infamous “Apology Killer”–a psychopath who forced his victims to typewrite personal apologies to him before he cut their throats–disposing of two mutilated bodies on Milford’s Post Road. Most shocking of all, the killer was his colleague, someone he thought he knew. Paul’s been seeing a therapist for months to recover from the nearly fatal encounter, but his nerves and short-term memory have suffered since the traumatic event.

There’s only one way to learn if the noises are real or a figment of his hyper-imagination. One night, Paul rolls a sheet of paper into the machine. The next morning, when he checks the page, there is a chilling message:

“We typed our apologies like he asked but he killed us anyway.”

As he desperately searches to find a rational explanation for the note and the noises, Paul slowly begins to consider the unthinkable: The message is authentic, and the women butchered by his colleague are reaching out to him from beyond the grave.



A Noise Downstairs was an incredible book that I devoured from beginning to end. The title was perfect for this book and many times I got the chills and was creeped out from the eerie and mysterious typewriter. I would definitely get spooked out if a seemingly normal typewriter was making noises in the middle of the night and leaving me chilling, mysterious typed letters in the morning. How creepy is that!? It was a great story from the very first page and will keep you hooked until you turn that very last page.

This was the first novel I have read by Linwood Barclay and I am now one of his newest fans. I definitely want to read more of his work after reading this book.

The main character Paul and his wife Charlotte are very likeable characters. Paul is struggling with his memory and what he had gone through and is trying to live his life day by day with the help of his son Josh and his wife. There were many twists and turns in this book to keep the reader interested and wanting to know what would happen next.

A dark thriller that will have you reading late into the night to see what will happen next. Will Paul solve the mystery of the creepy typewriter? Who exactly is typing those creepy, bone-chilling messages for Paul late in the night? Are the messages trying to tell him a story or are they sending him a warning? Without giving away any spoilers you’ll have to read this book yourself to find out.

I definitely recommend this book to fans of psychological thrillers. You will not be disappointed!

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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