A Noise Downstairs

de Linwood Barclay (2018)




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College professor Paul Davis is a normal guy with a normal life. But that normal existence is turned upside down late one evening when he spots his colleague Kenneth driving in a suspicious manner along a deserted road. Curious and concerned, Paul follows Kenneth, and catches him in a horrifying act—trying to dispose of two dead bodies.

That was eight months ago.

After nearly losing his own life that night, Paul is battling PTSD, depression, and severe problems at work and home. To cheer him up, his worried wife, Charlotte, gives him a surprise present: a vintage typewriter—complete with ink ribbons and heavy round keys—because he’s always wanted one. Paul feels inspired to write about the terrifying experience that damaged his life. “If I can look into the eyes of evil in the real world,” Paul explains, “maybe I won’t have to run from it in my sleep.”

However, the typewriter soon becomes a source of anxiety itself. Paul swears he can hear the keys clacking in the early hours of the morning when everyone is in bed. Charlotte and his son deny playing with the old-fashioned machine or hearing any strange sounds. It is only Paul who can hear the noise he swears is coming from downstairs. Are Paul’s claims real—or is he going off the rails as Charlotte fears?

Titre original : A Noise Downstairs (2018)

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2018 Editions William Morrow & Company

Anglaise Langue anglaise | 368 pages | Sortie : 24 Juillet 2018 | ISBN : 9780062678256

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  • Lourinki Le 25 Août 2019 à 00:49
    Folie ? Manipulation ? Fantômes ? Quel est le problème avec Paul, depuis qu'il a failli mourir à la suite d'une agression ? J'ai adoré ce roman de bout en bout. Pourtant je l'ai lu en anglais, ce qui habituellement me donne l'impression que le rythme est un peu lent... tout bêtement parce que je lis beaucoup plus lentement en anglais ! Je n'ai pas eu ce problème avec celui-ci : je l'ai dévoré.

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