Review | The Twenty- Three

The Twenty-Three

by Linwood Barclay


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…

This book is something else. Barclay is an EPIC writer. Let me start by saying you will definitely want to read the first two books in The Promise Falls series before reading this one. I did not and managed to piece all of the details together that were in book one and two but to get the full experience you should read all of them. There are LOTS and lots of details and people to meet. I could have used a notepad to write everything down as I was reading, it was that heavy into the details.

Barclay wrote a perfectly woven web. What starts out as people getting sick all over town causing chaos and panic and all the politics behind the scenes. Meanwhile there’s a murderer on the loose and all the people we meet are somehow connected. I loved how Barclay slowly intertwined the characters to one another.

Each set of characters has their own set of problems all the while this problem is going on in the city with sickness and the murders. It’s a fast paced “who done it” right from the get go. Nothing is as it seems, with lots of twists and disturbing little surprises. The last little bit of the book gave off a totally different vibe than the rest of the book, that I think I enjoyed more so than the “sickness” parts. But overall the overlapping stories flowed and were executed very very well.

My rating: 5/5 stars

*I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date: November 1, 2016


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