Synopsis from Good Reads:
When Cal Weaver stops at a red light on a rainy night while driving home, he ignores the bedraggled-looking teenage girl trying to hitch a ride – even when she starts tapping on his window. But as soon as he realises she’s one of his son’s classmates, he knows he can’t really leave her, alone, on the street.
But nothing prepares him for the consequences of trying to help her out. The next morning he’s gone from Good Samaritan to Murder Suspect, and with one girl dead and another missing, he’s suddenly at the centre of a deadly puzzle that reaches right to the heart of the town – from its bullying police force to its strangely furtive mayor – and finally to one family’s shocking secret.
Linwood Barclay is by far one of my favorite mystery/thriller writers. He does such a great job of creating complex and well-developed main characters. I’ve enjoyed every Barclay book I’ve read, but this one fell just shy of being a 4 star read for me.
There’s a lot going on in A Tap on the Window. Our main character, private eye Cal, is trying to work through the grief of losing his teenage son. He spends his free time trying to track down the person he believes is responsible. One night when driving home from his search, he agrees to give a ride to a teenage girl who says she knew his son. In doing so he gets caught up in a bigger scheme.
The synopsis makes it sound like he’s the prime suspect in a murder, but only very little time is spent with that. He quickly goes from suspect to detective. As he investigates he stumbles upon new plot lines – not only is there a dead girl and a missing girl, but another possible missing teenage boy, an underage booze ring, infidelities, corrupt cops and a possibly corrupt public official. The reader also gets another mystery by getting an unidentified third person POV of a woman and her son and the man they keep locked up, along with vague mentions of the things Cal is working on uncovering.
Overall, I enjoyed A Tap on the Window. While I thought there were almost too many plot lines, they did all end up cohesively fitting together and gave me a couple of twists that I didn’t see coming, even after I was completely sure I had figured it all out. I would recommend it to fans of mystery/thrillers and character driven novels.
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