the guardian Sat 17 January 2009
The news that your neighbours, the Langleys and their teenage son, have been shot dead is shocking enough, but even more terrifying is the thought that maybe the killers went to the wrong house ... The Cutters, who live next door, also have a teenage son, Derek, who was in the Langleys' house when the killer came to visit; naturally Derek becomes the upstate New York cops' chief suspect. But this is just the start of an extraordinary and complicated series of events that, before the 380 pages are done, are going to lay bare many shameful secrets kept hidden for years. This book follows last year's acclaimed No Time for Goodbye, a Richard and Judy bestseller that impressed with its stunning ending. This also has some unexpected twists and turns, not to mention some very good red herrings, but while I was kept guessing right to the end, the surprise finale was unconvincing. Barclay should have gone with one of the red herrings.