Bar­clay’s lat­est story is tight and ter­rific

Northumberland Today - - ENTERTAINMENT - JEFF AY­ERS

Lin­wood Bar­clay’s Part­ing

Shot show­cases the dev­as­tated town of Prom­ise Falls a year after the hor­rific events that al­most de­stroyed the com­mu­nity.

Det. Barry Duck­worth thinks he’s seen it all when a young man walks into the sta­tion claim­ing to have no mem­ory of the past two days. He firmly be­lieves he was ab­ducted by aliens, but when Duck­worth looks at the man’s back, he’s hor­ri­fied to see a mes­sage tat­tooed there that claims re­spon­si­bil­ity for a mur­der. Pri­vate de­tec­tive Cal Weaver is asked to in­ves­ti­gate an­other young man who also has an is­sue with mem­ory loss. Ev­i­dence shows he got drunk, hopped into a car and ran over a girl, killing her. The young man wants an­swers, even if it means he’s guilty.

The two cases will col­lide in un­ex­pected ways, and watch­ing over the en­tire town is some­one bent on ret­ri­bu­tion and re­venge.

Bar­clay knows how to keep read­ers turn­ing the pages, and this stand­alone novel set in the same town with the same char­ac­ters after the events of his Prom­ise Falls tril­ogy will have fans ex­cited. New­com­ers might want to start at the be­gin­ning to get the full flavour of the nar­ra­tive.

One also has to won­der if an­other story set in the town is forth­com­ing due to the story’s am­bigu­ous end­ing. While the com­mu­nity might not be the ideal place to live, the sto­ries there do pro­vide won­der­ful read­ing en­ter­tain­ment.

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