Broken Promise by Linwood BarclayBroken Promise by Linwood Barclay

Broken Promise

byLinwood Barclay

Paperback | March 1, 2016

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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.
LINWOOD BARCLAY is the New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of twelve critically acclaimed novels, including No Safe House, A Tap on the Window, Trust Your Eyes, which has been optioned for film, and No Time for Goodbye. Visit him at
Title:Broken PromiseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 7.5 × 4.3 × 1.1 inPublished:March 1, 2016Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:140002658X

ISBN - 13:9781400026586

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal I bought this on a whim to try a new thriller author. So glad I did and now I've read all his books and can't wait for his next!
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read! This is the first book I've read by this author, after someone recommended this trilogy. I just finished reading this book and loved it and I can't wait to see what happens next. I'm starting the next book right now! Can't wait to see what else this author has written.
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down! I bought this book a couple months ago and could not put it down. There were many twists and turns. If your looking for a good mystery novel this is it. Could not wait to get to the next book in the trilogy.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I loved it so much that I made sure to have the second book on hand to start right away and the third one is already ordered. One of his best yet.
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turner Loved it so much that I am now purchasing the other two in this series. Not a dull page in this book!
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keep the pages turning I had read Lynwood's books before but they never caught my attention the way this one did. I didn't want to put it down.
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Broken Promises A great thriller with lots of twists, lies, and suspects.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED this book I bought this not knowing it was part one of 3, or having read any of the authors previous work. This book certainly changed that - well done and has made me a Barclay fan for life. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Broken Promises Very well written, and very enjoyable. Couldn't put this book down. Looking forward to reading the second book in the trilogy.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Promise Falls trilogy - Can't wait for the next! I have read all of Barclay's mystery novels and find him to be an incredible and intriguing author. I find that each of his story lines have a different twist to them, they are not at all repetitive, as well they have that surprise hint of sarcastic humour. After reading his first novel, I became a fan and have since read all of them. Far From True is next in line and I am excited to start! As well, being a Canadian myself, I am more than happy to support a great Canadian author!
Date published: 2016-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Promises a good read! 've been eagerly awaiting the release of Linwood Barclay's new book - Broken Promise. I didn't read any synopses - I knew I would love it, (as I have all his other books) and wanted to be completely surprised. Well, wasn't I surprised to find many characters I already knew and enjoyed living in the pages of this new book.... Newspaper reporter David Harwood (Never Look Away) moves back to his hometown to provide a better life for his young son. But he loses his job shortly after returning and is forced to move back in with his parents. He's on an errand for his mom when he stops in at his cousin Marla's house and discovers her with a baby that 'an angel dropped off.' Marla's baby died at birth - so whose baby is this? Promise Falls Detective Barry Duckworth (a favourite character of mine who was in Too Close to Home, Never Look Away and Trust Your Eyes) has his hands full. In addition to the baby case, someone has ritualistically slaughtered and displayed 23 squirrels, a ride at the defunct amusement park in town is up and running - with mannequins in seat 23, and a rapist is on the prowl at the local college. Uh huh, lots going on.....I wondered how is Barclay going to tie all of this together? I find Barclay's storytelling so engaging. We are introduced to many of the residents of Promise Falls. Backgrounds and personal storylines are detailed - some more than others. The reader is never sure who is going to play a part - and how large and in what capacity. I loved the detail and the ensemble cast - it somewhat reminded me of Stephen King's narrative style. (King calls Barclay "A suspense master.") But are these the only crimes in Broken Promise? Or just the only ones we know about? There's lots of hinting at events in the past that may paint a larger picture - snippets and tendrils tease the reader. Clues to many of the current crimes are quietly inserted at the end of some chapters, slowly building the answers to whodunit. I did figure out one of the crimes before the end, but I was happy to discover that I was not completely right. And that there's more to the story of Promise Falls. Now, I've read that a few readers feel cheated at the ending as not every loose end was tied up. This reader? I loved it - especially now that I know there will be two more novels in the 'Promise' series! The next book, Far From True, is due out in March 2016. A must read for me!
Date published: 2015-08-11

Editorial Reviews

National Bestseller"Barclay's best book yet." —Toronto Star “The story is fascinating and the characters are intriguing.”—The Associated Press"With its high rate of violent crime, deadly secrets, corrupt officials and, of course, lack of a daily newspaper, Promise Falls isn't a great place to live. But it's a lot of fun to read about." —The Peterborough Examiner“A true master is back on the scene, and this is another book that can go directly into the suspense lover’s hall of fame.”—Suspense Magazine"An exciting new novel . . . its unsettling climax does leave you anxiously wondering what will happen next. . . . Barclay's credentials as a top-notch suspense novelist are now firmly established." —The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon) "A skilled, fast-paced, suspenseful writer of well-structured fiction, a veteran who can be counted on to deliver an absorbing novel cast with real humans." —The London Free Press (Ontario)“An exciting start to a new series set in Promise Falls.”—Library Journal