Everything has been leading to this.
It's the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 23rd, and the small town of Promise Falls, New York, has found itself in the midst of a full-blown catastrophe. Hundreds of people are going to the hospital with similar flu-like symptoms - and dozens have died. Investigators quickly zero in on the water supply. But the question for many, including private investigator Cal Weaver, remains: Who would benefit from a mass poisoning of this town?
Meanwhile, Detective Barry Duckworth is faced with another problem. A college student has been murdered, and he's seen the killer's handiwork before - in the unsolved homicides of two other women in town. Suddenly, all the strange things that have happened in the last month start to add up. Bloody mannequins found in car "23" of an abandoned Ferris wheel, a fiery, out-of-control bus with "23" on the back, that same number on the hoodie of a man accused of assault. The motive for harming the people of Promise Falls points to the number 23 - and working out why will bring Duckworth closer to death than he's ever been before.
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... and never visit Promise Falls! Promise Falls, Upstate NY, is having a really bad month. Okay, I am pretty sure that Promise Falls does not really exist (I could not find it in my Maps app); but Mr. Barclay makes it feel awfully real in his Promise Falls series. In any case, I suggest that you visit there only virtually, via this audiobook series, because Promise Falls is turning into a dangerous place to live! However, you really, really must start from the beginning, with “Broken Promise.” In fact, if you want to get properly diligent about it, you should first listen to Barclay's “Too Close to Home,” “Never Look Away,” and “A Tap on the Window,” in order to learn the full back-story on the characters that re-appear in the Promise Falls series. (BTW: I suspect that we will be hearing more from Barclay about Promise Falls, because he leaves a few plot threads dangling here in “The Twenty-Three.” I cannot wait for the next episode!)
Mr. Barclay uses a clever technique in this Promise Falls series, where each entry features a different character, who gets to speak in the first person. First, out-of-work newspaper reporter David Harwood (whom we learned about in “Never Look Away”) tells the story from his point-of-view in “Broken Promise.” Then, private investigator Cal Weaver (from “A Tap on the Window”) picks up the story in “Far from True.” Finally, police detective Barry Duckworth (introduced in “Too Close to Home”) tells us about Promise Falls’ poisoned-water mystery here in “The Twenty-Three.” You will like Barry Duckworth. He has smarts, intuition, diligence … and an inordinate sweet-tooth. What’s not to like?
In each of the Promise Falls series so far, the publishers used two narrators: one to voice the featured character, and one to narrate the rest of the story. “The Twenty-Three” has the best pair of narrators in this series, in my opinion. I especially liked Richard Poe’s depiction of Detective Barry Duckworth. Poe believably conveys not only Duckworth’s investigative thought processes, but also his — funny! — battle with doughnuts; and Poe capably voices the other characters with whom Duckworth dialogues.
Bottom Line: If you like mysteries, then buy this audiobook … but first listen to its prequels in the Promise Falls series.
I love dark gritty thrillers, mystery, psychological, police procedural, and horror with the romance set at a minimum to none.
Not if they haven't read book one or two. Most authors add refreshers in the story so readers can get reacquainted with the characters but this one really didn't. Frequently I had to go research to rememeber who was who.
David has always been my favorite and I was really disappointed with how they left his part of the story kind of a mystery at the end.
These two narrators are excellent. I really enjoy listening to any book they narrate.
Vengence is a Bitch
I love Linwood Barclay and have listened to every one of his books but this one left me with so many questions and from I understand, this was the end to the series. To those who have listened to book one and two, I encourage you to listen to this one too. The end of the book just felt rushed and the last line of the book was just stupid. I think the readers deserved a more complete ending, that's all.
I am SO angry. Another letdown. Linwood Barclays was one of my favorite writers until he apparently jumped the shark in Promise Falls trying to wring every bit of juice out of a dead, rotten storyline. Everything I thought he knew about crafting a story is gone. He took several implausible story lines with forgettable undeveloped characters- threw them all in a bowl and persed it out in three books- non of which is a stand alone. When I got to the end of the third book- GUESS WHAT??! More loose ends of the least interesting storyline. I'm done with this author. I feel betrayed.
The intertwining of the character's stories, with really creative plot lines.
Assumed the reader had read the novels in the Promise Falls series, especially the previous one, "Far From True". The author spent way, way, too much time catching the reader up, making the story plod along at times, while in the moment, it moves at breakneck speed, like a Saturday Afternoon Serial. I, like many readers, I'm sure, read books in their series order, so I do not need to be told the underlying story over again, let's just get on with completing the story arc. I.E. - We know how David met Sam, yet Mr. Barclay has to relive the entire sequence of events over and over. Just mentioning the shotgun would be enough of a trigger for me (no pun intended!).
any scene with Barry Duckworth - love his character. Doughnut, anyone? I also love Crystal.
Want a cup of coffee.... well, not so much!
I love Mr. Barclay's work, and will continue to read his stories. I did find this book to be almost tedious at times, due to the author feeling the need to assume the reader either has no memory, or has never read a previous book in the series. I was just screaming some times at the player, "just get on with it". The narrators were great, especially Mr. Duckworth's character.
If you have not read previous books of Promise Falls - this is not 4 U. Multiple mini stories made this hard to follow. Still, look forward to Barclay's next book
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