Broken Promise

By Linwood Barclay

4 out of 5 stars

Broken Promise is the first book in the Promise Falls Trilogy and boy, what a start! There is a whole lot of things going on in this book and I mean a WHOLE lot of things. David Harwood has moved back home to Promise Falls with his son to work on the newspaper there. Once he moves back in with his parents, the paper shuts down and he’s left jobless. (There is a job offer by a shifty character that must go into the next book.) His mother asks him to bring some food over to his cousin Marla, who really has not been the same since she lost her baby at birth. What he doesn’t know is that simple visit will lead him into a kidnapping and murder mystery. Marla has a baby that she says was brought to her door by an angel. When he finds a name in the stroller, they drive to the house only to meet up with a very distraught husband/father and the very dead body of his wife. There is so much more than meets the eye here, that’s for sure.

There is also a lot going on in town. There are a bunch of dead squirrels, an ominous warning on a carnival ride, and a serious of attacks at the local college. In between all of this mayhem, we learn about several of the citizens of Promise Falls. There are quite a few loose ends in this book that I am sure we will learn more about it book two, Far From True. (Which I am diving into next.)

I have never read Linwood Barclay before and I am asking myself why?! I belong to a site where we discuss books and if it wasn’t for Ricky, I might not have picked it up but he has extolled the virtues of this author , and I value his opinion. Glad I listened! The pacing was so quick and precise throughout the whole book. I was so wrapped up in the baby/murder part and I didn’t even care when it went off in a different direction with someone else. I think that many of the characters had been in other books because there was some talk of backstories that I didn’t really know but that didn’t take away from the story at all. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to book two.  I cannot wait to see what happens next!

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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