Far From True

Far From TrueFar From True by Linwood Barclay
Series: Promise Falls Trilogy
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Suspense
Published by NAL on March 8, 2016
Pages: 480

 

About Far From True (from the back cover):
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.


If I haven’t read the first book in a series, I’m normally very cautious about picking up the second.  However, I have heard so many great things about Linwood Barclay, I decided to jump in anyway; if I ended up being lost, well, that’d be my own fault.  Fortunately, while this series is meant to be read in order, there is enough background information to not feel totally lost.  I’m not sure I will be able to put together the pieces of the overall mystery that connects these stories without having read the first book, Broken Promise, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was able to follow the town and get a good feel for what all is happening with the various characters.

Far From True is highly entertaining and kept me reading for hours at a time.

This is a huge story with lots of characters, action, and individual storylines.  While some are wrapped up, others are dangling precariously off a cliff.  But this is the type of books I love.  There is so much story, so many lives to explore, and all sorts of mysteries to unravel.  Far From True is highly entertaining and kept me reading for hours at a time.

I very much enjoyed the characters and having the chance to follow their lives.  It is a huge cast and some characters are only in a few scenes which are widely spaced apart.  At times I did have to take some time to remember who was who and what their story was.  But the large variety of characters helped to keep the story interesting.  Each one has a distinct personality and brings a unique appeal to the book.  Those that were unlikable had certain qualities that kept them from feeling cliché while those that were likeable each had individual characteristics that drew me to them.  Both the good and the bad elicited strong emotional reactions, and there were certain directions that I wanted each to go based on my reaction to their choices.  Needless to say, I was quite engaged in this story and invested in the characters’ lives.

There are lots of surprises and oftentimes exactly what happens is unknown until the last possible moment.

The different mysteries are excellent.  The overarching storyline of the person terrorizing the town of Promise Falls is still largely unresolved.  However, a lot of depth with numerous layers of mystery have been added to that plot line.  While I have several ideas as to who the person responsible might be, given some of the other twists in this book, I can reasonably assume I’m wrong.  Of the mysteries that are resolved in Far From True, few take a direct path.  There are lots of surprises and oftentimes exactly what happens is unknown until the last possible moment.

Far From True is a terrific book that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Even though I picked up midway through the series, I have no regrets.  Far From True is a terrific book that I thoroughly enjoyed.  It does have quite the cliff hanger ending, with a long wait until the third’s book release in November of 2016.  I look forward to seeing how this series ends!

Note:  A storyline in this book deals with hook-ups and therefore has a moderate amount of sexual content.  While the scenes are not explicit, some of the content is somewhat suggestive.  There is also some strong language.

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