Review: Can't Go Back (Devlin & Falco #3) by Debra Webb


Print Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (December 14, 2021)

From  The past and the present collide in the final installment of USA Today bestselling author Debra Webb’s Devlin & Falco series, threatening everything these two detectives care about.

Birmingham detectives Kerri Devlin and Luke Falco arrive at the scene of a double homicide to discover that nothing makes sense. A woman and her child are dead, and though the husband says he killed them, the evidence says otherwise. Why would a man confess to unspeakable murders he didn’t commit?

What starts as an open-and-shut case explodes into a web of new leads. Devlin and Falco get to work tracking down every single one—including a disturbing connection between the murders and Falco’s dark past.

Falco knows the incident from eight years ago will jeopardize the partnership he’s built with Devlin, both on and off the job. If he could go back, he would—but what happened happened, and there’s a murderer on the loose. Devlin and Falco must slog through the pain to get to the truth, and so far the only truth they know is that everyone is lying.


My Rating:  2 stars out of 5

I am so disappointed that this is the last installment in this series. Not only because I think there is so much more potential for these characters, but also because sadly, this was my least favorite in the series. 

Don't get me wrong, I love it when things aren't quite what they seem. I love a good tragic backstory. And I love it when the author throws in a good red herring (or two). However, this story just seemed to be too much all at once. To the point that even though I have been with these characters since the beginning, I at times found myself confused.

I enjoyed learning more about Falco's past, and I wish we had seen more of that play out. I felt like seeing that part of him made a lot of his character and his motivations make more sense. In addition, it also gave us a glimpse into some of the other characters that were involved in the present case (some of which like Dog and O'Grady I would have liked to know more about). 

I also enjoyed the way that the author made it possible to empathize (to an extent) with the choices certain characters made. You could immediately tell that while their actions were wrong, the reasoning behind said actions were justified. This was another case however where I wanted more background. It was implied that these two were working together - what caused that (other than the obvious as it would have been easy for one party to point the finger at another party and paint them as guilty). 

And while I liked seeing how Devlin and Franco were navigating their relationship, I am curious how their future would be possible. I can't imagine they would be allowed to continue working together as partners without it potentially becoming a conflict. 

Overall, I enjoyed this series, and I would definitely read more from this author! 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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