Review: The Twenty-Three (Promise Falls Trilogy #3) by Linwood Barclay


Synopsis from Good Reads:

From New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Linwood Barclay comes the third jaw-dropping thriller set in Promise Falls.
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…

The Twenty-Three will be available November 1, 2016

I received a copy of this title from NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

The Twenty-Three is the conclusion to the Promise Falls series and I think Barclay definitely saved the best for last.

The book starts out setting the stage of a town catastrophe. A contamination in the water supply sends hundreds of people to the hospital. To make matters worse, the contamination appears to be deliberate. Barclay did such a great job setting up the atmosphere. I could really feel the panic and fear that such an event would cause. He also sets a steady pace for the rest of the novel. Shifting through several different perspectives (focusing mostly on Detective Barry Duckworth, Private Investigator Cal Weaver, and former investigative reporter David Harwood) kept the suspense high and there were just enough twists and surprises to keep me guessing right up until the very end.

In addition to the water supply mystery, Duckworth is still working on the cases of a serial killer and the odd incidents relating to the number twenty-three that have been playing out through the past couple books. I loved that we finally got to find out what twenty-three was relating to and how all the mysteries throughout the series connected.

My only real problem with this book came at the conclusion. While almost everything wrapped up nicely, I felt David’s storyline was a little open-ended. I would have liked to get one last POV of him and also from Cal. I also would have loved an epilogue. I have a feeling, though, that we haven’t seen the last of these characters and that is just fine by me.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Twenty-Three. I loved how all the mysteries came to a head and were resolved, with just enough twists thrown in to keep me on my toes. The writing, as always, was wonderful and suspenseful. I really had a hard time putting this one down and the few times I had to, I was still thinking about it. I definitely recommend this series to fans of mystery/suspense.

Overall Rating (out of 5): 4 Stars

4 stars

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