Thursday, October 20, 2016

Review - Far From True by Linwood Barclay @linwood_barclay @BerkleyPub

Far From True by Linwood Barclay
Series: Promise Falls #2
Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: March 22, 2016
Date Read:  October 16, 2016
Source: NetGalley

New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Linwood Barclay delivers the second spine-chilling thriller set in the troubled town of Promise Falls, following the electrifying cliffhanger ending of Broken Promise...

After the screen of a run-down drive-in movie theater collapses and kills four people, the daughter of one of the victims asks private investigator Cal Weaver to look into a recent break-in at her father’s house. Cal discovers a hidden basement room where it’s clear that salacious activities have taken place—as well as evidence of missing DVDs. But his investigation soon becomes more complicated when he realizes it may not be discs the thief was actually interested in....

Meanwhile, Detective Barry Duckworth is still trying to solve two murders—one of which is three years old—he believes are connected, since each featured a similar distinctive wound.

As the lies begin to unravel, Cal is headed straight into the heart of a dark secret as his search uncovers more startling truths about Promise Falls. And when yet another murder happens, Cal and Barry are both driven to pursue their investigations, no matter where they lead. Evil deeds long thought buried are about to haunt the residents of this town—as the sins of the past and present collide with terrifying results.

My Review

I enjoyed this book This is the second book in the Promise Falls trilogy which really does need to be read in order. I actually think that it would be best to read the trilogy in quick succession if at all possible. I actually waited a little more than a year after reading the first book and ran into a few problems remembering everything that was going on in Promise Falls at the end of Broken Promise. Once I regained my memory, the book moved really fast and I didn't want to put it down by the end. This book was really quite the page-turner!

As I mentioned, this book starts right after the events in the previous book which ended in a bit of a cliffhanger. This book follows a similar pattern but the cliffhanger seemed a bit more intense at the end of the book. I am so glad that the final book is scheduled to be released soon because I really need to know what is going on.

The book seemed almost too busy to keep up with at times but it all worked in the end. Many of the key players from the first book play an important role in this book as well. Detective Barry Duckworth has his hands full with all of the issues going on in this town. There is a drive in collapse that kills four people that starts this chapter of the trilogy off with a bang and the action never stops.

I would recommend this book to others. This was a solid addition to the trilogy although it would not work as a stand alone novel at all. I do enjoy Linwood Barclay's writing style and look forward to seeing how this trilogy wraps up.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley.

The Trilogy

Book #1 - Broken Promise - My Review
Book #2 - Far From True
Book #3 - The Twenty-Three - Look for my review to be posted soon!
About the Author
Photo credit: Bill Taylor

Linwood Barclay is a New York Times and #1 international bestselling author whose critically acclaimed novels have been optioned for film and TV.

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  1. I'll find the first book to read then! It has happened to me before to pick a book without knowing that it was a part of a trilogy and I couldn't get into the story

    Aeriko @ The Reading Armchair

  2. I like the sound of this one and Barclay's books in general but I'm thinking I should start with a stand alone as it sounds like a LOT is happening in this trilogy. I have a few of Barclay's books on my TBR shelf and you've reminded me how much I need to pick them up and actually read them!

  3. Here's another author whose work I'm determined to read. Thanks for reminding me!

  4. Seems like a pretty good series so far.


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