A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay

A Tap on the Window
A Tap on the Window
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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 when 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.

No-one hooks you into a story quite like Barclay and this is no exception. It maybe doesn’t have quite as many twists and turns as his earlier offerings but the narrative grips tight and there are still enough shocks and surprises to leave you gasping as the mystery unfolds.

Suspense writing at its best.