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  • Lots of action!

    I liked this book. I have to admit that I was able to guess a few of the big twists but I found enough surprises along the way to keep my interest. This book is the first in a new series set in the small town of Promise Falls. I had no idea that this book was part of a series and had assumed it was a stand alone novel. I was kind of surprised to find that this story left a few loose ends that I am sure will be picked up in future installments. This book is told from multiple point of view. David's point of view is the primary source of narration which accounts for about half of the story. The rest of the story is told from a variety of characters including Detective Duckworth, Agnes, David's father, and a man who has just lost his wife to name a few. I think that each character was very well done with a distinct voice and each point of view added to the overall story. It really took all of these characters to see what was truly happening. The pacing of the story was fantastic and there were not any dull moments. There is quite a bit going on this novel. The main mystery deals with the murder of the mother of an infant son but there is more going on in this little town including incidents at the local amusement park, the local college, and even a case involving squirrels. Is everything connected and if so how? I did guess some of the major twists which was a bit of a disappointment because I really like to be surprised. There were enough twists that I didn't predict to keep the story interesting for me. I do wish that all of my questions had been answered. As it stands, I feel like I only received answers to some of my questions. I wouldn't say that the ending was cliffhanger because the main focus of the story was resolved even though a lot of questions do remain. I would recommend this book to fans of mystery thrillers. This is a fast paced novel with a lot of action and twists and turns to keep things interesting. I have read quite a few novels by Linwood Barclay and I think that this book lives up to what I have come to expect from this author. I can't wait to see what happens next in Promise Falls. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group NAL via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

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  • Worth More Than One Read

    This is a very exciting story that keeps the reader thinking and guessing right up to the very end, and leaves a cliff-hanger. The characters are very well-developed and real people. The action is not easy to foresee, and the book is very hard to put down. Everyone carries baggage, and the impact on everyone's life is remarkable. Very worth reading again and again.

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    This was a great story till the end. The story had two apparently unrelated themes which should have eventually intertwined but never did. The second theme was just left hanging unresolved. That's very unprofessional in my view. As a result, I wouldn't want to get into another story by this author.

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