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The Promise Kindle Edition
“Brilliant writing and a compelling story will keep you on your toes all the way.” —The Sun
“Expertly handled noir…” —Fiona Barton, Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of The Widow
“Gripping and well written with warm, realistic characters who will haunt you long after you’ve reached the dramatic end.” —Jane Corry, Sunday Times bestselling author of My Husband’s Wife
“Sink your teeth into this juicy thriller.” —Take A Break
“In this dark and twisting tale, Teresa perfectly brings to life the heartbreaking bond between former school friends.” —Woman’s Own
“A haunting story of secrets, loss, and regret, The Promise is nevertheless also a celebration of the close bonds of friendship and the lengths people will go to protect the ones they love.” —My Weekly
About the Author
For more than twenty-five years as a journalist—including fifteen years as a BBC TV news presenter—Teresa Driscoll followed stories into the shadows of life. Covering crime for so long, she watched and was deeply moved by all the ripples each case caused, and the haunting impact on the families, friends and witnesses involved. It’s those ripples that she explores in her darker fiction.
Teresa lives in beautiful Devon with her family. She writes women’s fiction as well as thrillers, and her novels have been sold for translation in nineteen languages. You can find out more about her books on her website (www.teresadriscoll.com) or by following her on Twitter (@TeresaDriscoll) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/teresadriscollauthor).
- ASIN : B07DN86N4C
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (February 7, 2019)
- Publication date : February 7, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 4596 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 309 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,438 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Beth wishes she could undo the bad thing & do the right thing instead. Maybe, their lives could have been completely different if she had. She keeps it all bottled up. She longs to be rid of the guilt & the shame.
Sally & Beth remain close but they never hear from Carol. The last time the 3 of them were together was for Beth's 30th birthday. Beth is about to celebrate her 40th birthday. They haven't seen Carol in nearly a decade. It appears as if Carol does not want to be found.
It's important that they find her. They learn that the school they attended is closing & the site is being sold for redevelopment. Their secret could be discovered, when they start digging. Beth tried every trick in the book to track Carol down, but she has hit a brick wall. So, she hires a private investigator. He can't afford not to take the case but he knows they aren't telling him the whole story. There's something they're not telling him about Carol. Is she unstable? Is she dangerous?
I remember being involved once with someone who asked me what I was most ashamed of. In truth, I had to think long and hard about his question and when I answered that nothing sprang to mind immediately, I registered the disappointment on his face. What I realised afterward was that he wasn’t disappointed I didn’t have any shameful secrets hidden but rather that he did. And this is the central theme of The Promise.
Carol, Beth, and Sally attend a Catholic boarding school, share a dorm room and bond tightly. An incident involving all three girls sees them promising not to speak or reveal what has taken place. For thirty years Sally and Beth attempt to put the trauma behind them, even though Carol, the third girl, has distanced herself from her former friends. Notification that the convent they attended is to be torn down and redeveloped forces them to face what they did, which prompts the hiring of a private investigator, Matthew, as they don’t want their buried secret discovered.
The intrigue in this story is having the reader’s mind guess at what terrible act the girls performed and attempted to cover-up and who is spooking them now. The revelation when it comes turned this from a psychological thriller to a sad story for me. The real tragedy of the theme is just how damaging holding on to secrets is to one’s psyche and the debilitating effects it can have for years down the line.
The story revolves around three women who have been friends, Beth, Carol, and Sally, since boarding school. They share a horrendous secret that they promise to keep to themselves, never sharing with another soul. They drift apart over the years, especially Carol who moves away to France where she meets her future husband. Beth and Sally keep close but soon have a falling out when Sally finds a man who Beth doesn’t approve of.
There are many twists and turns that keep the reader engaged and wondering when The Promise will be revealed. There are some surprises that were especially shocking and others that were disturbing.
I think the author did a commendable job of keeping suspense going until the end of the book. I can see how this book became a best seller. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and gripping read that I highly recommend to all who love a mystery that they can’t solve.
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Every single character had to have a 'secret', the alcoholic father, the philandering father, the hoarder mother, the ex cop who's riddled with guilt when a thief he's chasing cops it. The anorexic friend, the over-zealous husband, the young girl whose parents are divorcing, the list just goes on and on. Every time a new character was introduced I was thinking 'what now, what's wrong with this one'. The thing they made the promise over is not shocking at all, bit of a damp squib really. I don't know what the twists were, I didn't find any. By the end of the book I didn't really care what happened to any of the characters. Far too much going on to fully develop any of it, characters, plot lines etc. A very disappointing book in my opinion.
Just like Driscoll's other work, this book has everything I look for in a dark, twisty read. Great characterisation (by the end I felt like I knew them personally), captivating plot twists/turns - but not so frequent or over the top that I had my eyes rolling - great imagery, the works. I already knew I loved Driscoll's writing so it was wonderful to dive back into her prose and boy did this deliver.
All in all, amazing read. Really shows off how much of a command Driscoll has over language and pace, and if you liked her earlier stuff/are a fan, then this is a must-read - shows a darker, more contemplative side to her writing that just makes me appreciate her first two books even more. CANNOT wait for whatever she writes next - might have a new favourite author!
But on to the book - I really enjoyed the previous two books written by this author, I Am Watching You (as mentioned above) and The Friend but this one surpasses both of them easily. I don't whether it is because Ms Driscoll has more experience as a writer (highly unlikely) or because the story itself is just so incredible. The story is about three women, Sally, Beth and Carol who became friends when they were all at boarding school. Sally and Beth have remained close friends, but Carol seems to have disappeared over the years and when they find out the school is being closed down and demolished, Sally and Beth realise they need to get in touch with Carol to discuss about something that happened when they were at the school. I won't say anything more as I hate it when people give the whole plotline of a book away, but all I will say is that it is a cracking read and make sure you start reading of it when you have plenty of spare time as you will not be able to put it down. A definite must read.