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Far From True

A Promise Falls Novel

by Linwood Barclay

Far From True by Linwood Barclay X
Far From True by Linwood Barclay
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  • Published Mar 2016
    480 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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  • Julie R. (Woodland, CA)
    Town of Secrets
    Far from true is a well written thriller filled with characters from Lindwood Barclay's first novel Broken Promises.

    The novel begins with an explosion at an outdoor movie theater killing several people. Private Eye Cal Weaver is hired to investigate a break in at a home of one of the victims and finds a secret room where a lot of adult activities have occurred and were recorded. Movies are missing and many people's secrets may be exposed.

    As Cal continues his investigation, Detective Barry Duckworth continues to solve the crimes of Promise Falls. From attempted rapes, murdered women and fire
    bombed bookstores, his hands are full. But what keeps you up at night is will he ever figure out what the number "23" means and if it's the same person who is doing all of these crimes.

    Overall, this book kept me entertained and I can't wait for the next installment.
  • Debi B. (Charleston, SC)
    Far From True
    I have read several Linwood Barclay books, including Broken Promises, which is the first of this trilogy. The characters are believable and just when you think you have things figured out, something else happens. Once I started reading this book, it was very hard to put down. I am so looking forward to book no. 3
  • Carol F. (Lake Linden, MI)
    My First Linwood Barclay
    I have never read a Linwood Barclay thriller before and so had no preconceptions about the quality of his writing. This book held my interest from the start and due to its short chapters I found it easy to pick up and read when I had few moments. I also did not realize this was part of a trilogy so was caught off guard at the end which was not the end. At first the characters seem like they do not belong in the same story but as you read you discover the connection between them. I wish there had been more development/back story of some of the characters but of course am not sure if this was taken care of in the first book. I will definitely look for the third book in this series.
  • Charlene M. (Murrells Inlet, SC)
    Not "Far from True"
    Linwood Barclay's novel Far From True is full of subplots and characters that appear to be random events. Which culminate in the solution that brings all the unrelated events together. Mr. Barclay is a master at building interesting characters & a story you can't put down.
  • David M. (Glendale, CA)
    Storytelling at its best
    In the second part of a trilogy, Barclay masterfully juggles a multitude of diverse plots; and, even more amazingly, ties everything together. Along with a variety of creepy and frightening villains, Far From True is filled with an assortment of flawed, troubled, and very endearing protagonists. All in all, the novel presents a many-layered tale with enough cliffhangers to keep most readers up late into the night. This is truly an enthralling novel, with enough tragedy, humor, and human emotion to rival a modern-day Shakespearean play.
  • Jeff M. (Somerset, NJ)
    Far From True
    For a small (fictious) town in upstate New York, Promise Falls has quite a number of bad things going on. This is the second novel in a planned trilogy (started with "Broken Promise") by Barclay. While I had read a number of his stand-alone thrillers in the past, not having read "Broken Promise" did not detract from this novel - you can easily catch up on the previous story threads. Barclay knows how to build the suspense and action and I found the book difficult to put down. While there are major storylines that will continue in the third book, the primary story in "Far From True" does, for the most part, reach resolution. While character development is not the strongest point, the action more than compensates and keeps the pages moving. I enjoyed the book and would recommend.
  • Sue P. (Richardson, TX)
    And Now?????
    When I requested this book, I decided to go back and read the first of the trilogy "Broken Promises" before I read "Far From True". Glad I did, although both novels end without total resolution.
    Lots of suspense and the characters were interesting, quirky and believable.
    I am looking forward to the 3rd and final book.
    Barclay definitely knows how to set a hook. Now, I'm ready to be reeled in.
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