Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay

Broken Promise

byLinwood Barclay

Kobo ebook | July 28, 2015

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From the New York Times--bestselling author of No Safe House comes the first novel in an explosive trilogy about the disturbing secrets of a quiet small town.
     After his wife's death and the collapse of his newspaper, David Harwood has no choice but to uproot his nine-year-old son and move back into his childhood home in Promise Falls, New York. David believes his life is in free fall, and he can't find a way to stop his descent.
     Then he comes across a family secret of epic proportions. A year after a devastating miscarriage, David's cousin Marla has continued to struggle. But when David's mother asks him to check on her, he's horrified to discover that she's been secretly raising a child who is not her own--a baby she claims was a gift from an "angel" left on her porch.
     When the baby's real mother is found murdered, David can't help wanting to piece together what happened--even if it means proving his own cousin's guilt. But as he uncovers each piece of evidence, David realizes that Marla's mysterious child is just the tip of the iceberg.
     Other strange things are happening. Animals are found ritually slaughtered. An ominous abandoned Ferris wheel seems to stand as a warning that something dark has infected Promise Falls. And someone has decided that the entire town must pay for the sins of its past . . . in blood.

Title:Broken PromiseFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 28, 2015Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385683758

ISBN - 13:9780385683753

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of Twists Lots of twists and turns. Very exciting novel.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Broken Promises A mystery filled with secrets and never ending twists.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is great I'm not usually a fan of trilogies etc because you're always having to wait for the next book, but Barclay is such an amazing author - as well as being Canadian - and I just simply love his writing.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from thrilling/entertaining very good read, we all wonder and dream and have nightmares, but sometimes things always veer to the worst
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cool book Cool book....excited for the rest of the series
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Mystery by Canadian Author! Could not put this book down! Great plot, great character development. Leaves you with unanswered questions so that you can't wait to pick up the next two in the trilogy. Lots of mystery and suspense. Barlcay keep you thinking you know who is guilty and changing your mind a thousand times. I would definitely recommend the entire trilogy for any mystery lovers.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Great book to start the series. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good story Enjoyed this but others are better!
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from another winner Looking forward to the next book in this trilogy. I'm never disappointed by Linwood Barclay. I've read them all.
Date published: 2015-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I promise you you'll enjoy this one. Having been a fan of Linwood Barclay for a while, I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to read "Broken promise". David moves back to his hometown "Promise falls" with his young son for a job opportunity at the local newspaper. When that almost immediately falls through, he is forced to live with his parents until something else comes up. As a favour to his mother, he goes to check on his cousin Marla whose mental balance has been delicate since her daughter's stillbirth. He finds her confused but elated and in possession of a baby that "an angel" brought her. When the baby's mother is discovered to have been bludgeoned to death in her kitchen, suspicion for the kidnapping and murder points in her direction. This book is a fast paced read. It took me a little while to get all the characters straight, there are about four different storylines going on. But then the book took off and I couldn't read the pages fast enough. I did find all the storylines a little confusing, there was a lot of jumping around and things weren't flowing well and I kept waiting for a connection that didn't come, but as this was only the first on a series, I believe some of those unanswered questions will be focused on in later books. Linwood Barclay keeps you anxiously reading as the chapters are ended on a "have to know what comes next" note as the reader gets more pieces of the puzzle and closer and closer to the truth. I did find it a little frustrating to get to the end of a chapter, wanting to know what happened right away only to find the next chapter was a different storyline. However it did keep me flying through as I needed the answers to the main piece of the story. I did guess the truth early enough on but it still was a good ride getting there. The whole book takes place in a couple of days and those couple of days are action packed. Linwood barclay's books are a treat to read, this also is a great thriller that a reader find hard to put down. Thanks to penguin group and netgalley for the opportunity to read this book free in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-08-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Left wanting Not his best work. Seemed slow to develop the plot and never sped up to ignite my excitement. His earlier works were more entertaining and compelling.
Date published: 2015-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Broken Promise Great read. Couldn't put it down. Looking forward to the second in the trilogy to see what happens next in Promise Falls.
Date published: 2015-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Broken promise Very well developed plot. I wish the next book could be released sooner. Linwood gets better with every book.
Date published: 2015-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent, as usual! Well deserved 5 star rating! His books never get boring, never too much description of anything, enough twists and turns to keep me turning the page for hours. This author has fast become one of my faves and is high on the top 5 list. Can't wait for the next one.....this one leaves a cliffhanger, please write faster!
Date published: 2015-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Broken promise Arrrgg cannot wait for the next one,,barclay,as always, is incredible, Great characters, page turning suspence, but not in a creepy way.
Date published: 2015-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Broken Promise Awesome book! Never disappoints! Fast paced, lots of turns. And twists. Characters are extremely realistic. Too bad we have to wait until next year for next book
Date published: 2015-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great novel and start of a new series * I received an e-galley copy of this book from Penguin First to Read* First off, I love all of the books that Linwood Barclay has written. He is definitely one of my favourite authors. I love his dry wit and humour, which is thrown in every so often. This book was no exception, a great read and best of all it's the first in a trilogy. I love series, you really get to know the main characters in a way that's sometimes not possible in one book. This novel starts off with David visiting his cousin Marla and finding her with a baby. Problem is, her baby died at birth and she shouldn't have this baby. Marla explains that an "angel" brought the baby to her door and left him with her. David decides to look into what happened and the story starts. This is by no means the only mystery in this novel. There are a lot of things going on in Promise Falls! While some of Marla's story is resolved, there are a lot of other situations that aren't and I can't wait for the next book in the series to see what happens. There are a lot of characters introduced in this book and I think that some of them will definitely play a more important role in the next book. I loved the way the author ended the book, with just a glimpse of what might be coming next...
Date published: 2015-06-12