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    Exciting second installment

    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.
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    Powerful Novel

    Characters, Plotting and Pacing: The characters are well-developed with some that are very likable and others you love to hate. I absolutely detested Randall Finley and University Security Chief Clive Duncomb; it will surprise me if you do not feel the same way.. Mr. Bayclay skillfully filled these two characters with obnoxious traits, criminal behavior, offensive personalities, and incompetence. Mr. Barclay reveals the underbelly of small town life with all it quirks, seamy life, low employment rate, desperate people, alternate life styles, and crime. I found this town very believable, and this crime thriller very enjoyable and I feel you will as well. Recommendation: I recommend this book for a mature audience that loves a solid crime, mystery, and thriller novel. I received this book from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an honest book review. Books reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion; all book reviews on line under my name and on my blog. are my opinion.
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    Excellent Reading!

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. First, I must say that Linwood Barclay is one of my favorite authors and I had been eagerly anticipating the release of this 2nd book in the Promise Falls series. The first book, Broken Promise was excellent and so is this book. There is so much going on in this small town and I just loved all of the suspense! This book was excellently written and I can't wait until the next book! I gave five stars and I highly recommend!
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    Puzzle for Sherlock

    Netgalley bequest for an Honest Review This is Linwood Barclay’s 2nd of three books in the Promise Falls Series. Book 1 should be read before this one. Also be aware that there is a cliffhanger or should I say cliff- hangers at the end of the read. So this being said I really did not want to like this book! But surprisingly I DID. This author has a rare talent of weaving many characters and multiple plots into the happenings of Promise Falls NY. Interest catching first scene takes place at the Constellation Drive Inn. With the theater being sold, this is its last showing. All I can say is that it was a BOMB! This town has a black cloud over its head!! There are dramas taking place from murders, assaults, fires, bombs, and secrets. On the surface there really were more happenings than were necessary. Just made the book totally unrealistic. Was a quick read with everything going on throughout the pages. Journey of this Thackeray College town led us from laundry mat to bookstore and beyond. All in search of answers to crimes and happening that have the number 23 in common. The combination to an alarm was 2669 which added up is 23. I figured this out myself – back slap! I am usually a pretty good Sherlock Shirley on most mysteries but this one is an amazing maze of puzzles. Not many answers revealed either in book 2. Although a few clues are described about half way through the book our young town folk does not escape to tell of the discovery. Quirky citizens in town and the author’s description of them satisfied my leisure time. This is my first time Barclay but it will not be my last.
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