Book Reviews of Parting Shot (Promise Falls, Bk 4)

Parting Shot (Promise Falls, Bk 4)
Parting Shot - Promise Falls, Bk 4
Author: Linwood Barclay
ISBN-13: 9780385690232
ISBN-10: 0385690231
Publication Date: 11/7/2017
Pages: 512
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 7 ratings
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Book Type: Hardcover
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Ya know, when a book gets to page 150-200 don't you think you'd be deep into the story? well, not this one

It moved so slow and pages of pages of just nothing happening and that is just a boring tedious book to read, needless to say I did not finish it
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Book Description:
If you made a mistake that took someone's life, you'd remember it . . . wouldn't you?
After a tragedy rocks the community of Promise Falls, Cal Weaver is asked to investigate the threats being made to the accused's family. He's heard all about it on the news: the young man who drank too much, stole a Porsche and killed a girl, and who claimed afterwards not to remember a single thing. The whole town is outraged that he got off lightly, but for reasons Cal can't explain, he accepts the job. Then Cal finds himself caught up in a vicious revenge plot, chasing someone set on delivering retribution. In Cal's experience, it's only ever a matter of time before threats turn into action. . . .
A gripping thriller packed with scandal, from the master of the twist you never saw coming.

My Review:
It seems that the Promise Falls trilogy is not really over as this book is considered the 4th book in the series and also a standalone. I would read the trilogy first before reading this one though, as there are lots of references to the trilogy. I found this book to be very entertaining and crazy, as most of Barclay's books are, but I enjoyed it very much. The characters are unique and fascinating. The plot has two storylines that end up coming together making this book a real page turner towards the end. The last page was a complete unexpected surprise but a brilliant ending to a good book. This book makes me want to pull off my shelf all the Barclay books that I have not read yet as I think I need to read him again and again. I would highly recommend this book to those who love mystery thrillers with humor.
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This book started out with two concurrent stories, seemingly not related. There were so many different character names between the two stories that I found it a bit confusing especially when every other chapter skips to the other storyline. To make it even more confusing, the two main characters are men about the same age; one a private investigator and the other a police detective. Sosimilar that you're not always sure which storyline you're reading.

After about 1/3 of the way through the book (between pgs 150 and 160 (which means it has a very slow start and build-up), a single sentence gives you the hope that these stories are tied together. Then the puzzle pieces start fitting together. Once you get to this point in the book, it really keeps you guessing and there are some unexpected twists that you don't see coming. It becomes quite a page-turner. That said, every time the story concentrated on a character, I had to stop and think about which storyline they were connected to.

Edited to add: Apparently there is another book that is a required reading before this one. It is called The Twenty-Three', and it basically leaves you hanging at the end, requiring you to read this one!