A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Far From True by Linwood Barclay

Far From True by Linwood Barclay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 480 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Doubleday Canada
Source: egalley via netgalley

Promise Falls Trilogy: (#2)

I enjoyed this a lot more than the first book because now I'm aware going in that we are in the midst of a trilogy :-) And as such there is still no answer to the big mystery which started in the first book. We become a little wiser, but there are more questions than answers and during the overall plot there are some mini-arcs going on at the same time which do get resolved. One thing that I didn't really "get" with the first book because it frustrated me so much, and because I read Barclay's earlier books when they were first published which is quite some time ago, is what the author is actually doing with this series! The Promise Falls Trilogy is populated with characters from his previous books! When I started to think about this and pay attention to it, I became way more interested in who these characters actually were because I remembered their pasts that kept being referenced! The three books the main characters are taken from are: Too Close to Home, Never Look Away and A Tap on the Window.

There is a *lot* going on in this book. Barclay has to spend a good amount of time backtracking, like in any trilogy, reminding us what happened in the previous book. I sometimes find that annoying (especially in fantasies) but in a mystery this intricate it was essential for me! I haven't got a clue who the ultimate villain is going to be as everybody I've put my money on so far has ended up dead. So all bets are off as far as I'm concerned and I can't wait for the last book to see how Barclay ties all these loose ends together!


  1. I have enjoyed the Barclay books I have read but you reminded me why I enjoy stand alone stories. I like the concept of characters from other books, not necessarily for the trilogy.

    I'm not sure if I will read this one specifically but I will pick up another LBarclay.

  2. An author I have seen around but never read. Maybe one day!