A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

179. Too Close To Home

Too Close to Home by Linwood Barclay

Pages: 404
Finished: Nov. 15, 2008
First Published: Sept. 2008
Genre: thriller
Rating: 4.5/5
Reason for Reading: Received a Review Copy from Random House Canada.

First sentence:

Derek figured, when the time came, the crawlspace would be the best place to hide.
Comments: The Cutters live in a small community in upstate New York; they live far back from the road and share the first part of the driveway with their neighbours, the Langleys. Teenage Adam Langley and Derek Cutter are best friends. One evening the Langleys are cold bloodedly shot and killed in their own home. Derek is the last known person to have seen them alive and the police start to question the validity of his story. The Cutters soon start to realize that the answer to the murder is much closer to home than they thought.

Canadian writer, Linwood Barclay, has written several novels but this is my first time reading him. This is one of those few page-turning, read while you eat, stay up late into the night books. A very quick read for me that had plenty of suspense, twists and reveals along the way. Don't be too sure of yourself if you think you have it figured out, I kept changing my mind till near the end and the secrets that keep outing themselves will keep you guessing too. I most certainly will look into Barclay's backlist. If they are anything like this one, I'm sure to have found a new favourite author.


  1. I can't wait to get to this one - along with a million other books! :)

  2. Not sure why but when I read your description blurb, Capote's In Cold Blood automatically came to mind. Anyway, this sounds like an interesting read but I'm not familiar with this author.