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Broken Promise From New York Times bestselling author Linwood Barclay comes an explosive novel set in the peaceful small town of Promise Falls where secrets can always be buried but never forgotten After his wife s

  • Title: Broken Promise
  • Author: Linwood Barclay
  • ISBN: 9780451472670
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From New York Times bestselling author Linwood Barclay comes an explosive novel set in the peaceful small town of Promise Falls, where secrets can always be buried but never forgotten 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 DaFrom New York Times bestselling author Linwood Barclay comes an explosive novel set in the peaceful small town of Promise Falls, where secrets can always be buried but never forgotten 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.

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    1. Mary Beth on said:

      This is the first book in the Promise Falls Trilogy. I have a feeling that I am really going to love this series. I really enjoyed this book. It was action packed and had problems putting it down.David Harwood 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 droppe [...]

    2. Christine on said:

      Broken Promise review—October 11, 2015I would like to thank Linwood Barclay, Net Galley and NAL publishing for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an unbiased review.Broken Promise is the first installment of the Promise Falls trilogy, set in upstate New York. My only other Barclay read is Tap on the Window, but that book and this novel are enough for me to see that Mr. Barclay is a master storyteller. I really enjoyed this novel.Broken Promise is written mainly in 3rd person narrative with s [...]

    3. Jan on said:

      Another solid read from author Linwood Barclay!This is NOT a gripping, intense thriller that keeps you up at night. This is also not a book that showcases a deranged antagonist hell bent on evil and destruction. What this book IS about is actually far more scary than that, because it's a story about people we all know and trust who have gone bad. The people you hear about on the news with their neighbors saying 'I'm so shocked, they were always so nice!' In traditional Barclay style he has const [...]

    4. Chelsea Humphrey on said:

      I was going to give this one a 3.5, but decided to round it up due solely to the last page. Talk about wanting more!I'm not going to summarize the plot because it was complicated and intensive. There were multiple storylines crossing and coming together at the end in typical Barclay form. This is the beginning of a new trilogy set in his fictional town of Promise Falls, NY. It didn't feel quite up to par of his past writing in the sense that there seemed to be a bit extra padding at times, but I [...]

    5. Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* on said:

      I have to admit to approaching this book with a little trepidation. I did not enjoy the previous Linwood Barclay that I read. But this one? This is a completely different story. Broken Promise is intriguing. It is compelling. It is fast paced and sweeps the reader along. Just as you think you know where this is heading, Mr Barclay will throw in a twist to the plot that has the book heading off in a completely unexpected direction.The characters in this book could be your neighbours, your friends [...]

    6. Gary on said:

      I received this advance copy of Net Galley and Penguin Group in exchange for a honest review.This was a pleasure for me as I love the writing of Linwood Barclay and eagerly await any new novels by him, having read everything he has released.The hardest part of this task was overcoming the badly formatted copy I had that was littered with extra numbers printed on each page. I was determined not to let this spoil my enjoyment and enjoy what appears to be the first in a new series of books by this [...]

    7. Wendy on said:

      I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to read Linwood Barclay's latest novel "Broken Promise". He has recently become one of my favorite authors and this novel didn't disappoint.Widowed David returns to small town Promise Falls, New York hoping to provide a better life for his young son, Ethan. However, the town where David grew up and his parents still reside has been touched by scandal, a recent surge in crime and is now on the decline. An out of work reporter, David begins to investigate [...]

    8. Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books) on said:

      This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.I liked this book. I have to admit that I was able to guess a few of the big twists but I found enough surprises along the way to keep my interest. This book is the first in a new series set in the small town of Promise Falls. I had no idea that this book was part of a series and had assumed it was a stand alone novel. I was kind of surprised to find that this story left a few loose ends that I am sure will be picked up in future installments [...]

    9. Brenda on said:

      4.5★sWith Ethan at school, David Harwood took the food his mother had asked him to deliver to his cousin Marla and headed to her house. David and Ethan had returned from Boston to Promise Falls so David could start at his reporter position for the local paper. The day he began the job, the paper folded and everyone was out of work. So David and Ethan were currently living at David’s parent’s house – not ideal but would do until he could find work and get their own place. The first sign t [...]

    10. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede on said:

      David is on his way to visits his cousin that lost her daughter a couple of months before at childbirth. But he finds her with a child when he gets to her house. A child she claims her hersLinwood Barclay knows how to keep the readers in suspense throughout the whole book by not only creating an interesting story but by having very short chapters with no unnecessary chitchat. Don't take me wrong I love books with lots of descriptions and when it takes time for events to happen and long chapters [...]

    11. Veronica ⭐️ on said:

      3.5 starsI’ve read a couple of Linwood Barclay novels and have loved the gripping suspense, ruthless killers and unexpected twists. Broken Promise has all these elements but the delivery is slow. There is a greater lean towards mystery, with a multitude of characters harbouring dark secrets and chequered pasts.Broken promise wasn’t a bad read, quite the opposite, with multiple plot lines it was intricate and well written. Just not what I’ve come to expect! Although not part of this series [...]

    12. Brenda on said:

      I always enjoy Linwood Barclay's books, and this was no exception. There are clues generously given along the way without revealing too much, and I eventually had an idea in my head what had happened. Still, there were some turns I didn't see coming. I like Detective Barry Duckworth and his internal thinking. As the first in a trilogy, some incomplete storylines are expected. With my memory, though, I've kept some notes because the next one won't be out until next March. I'm looking forward to i [...]

    13. Linda Strong on said:

      As Detective Duckworth calls Promise Falls, the town is like a suit, once new, has now turned shiny and threadbare.The story starts with the discovery of 23 bodies all squirrels, all hanging by their necks.Now that I have your attention, this is what you're going to find in this book other than the dead squirrels. In no particular order .Woman stabbed to death in her homeNanny and woman's baby are missingBaby turns up mysteriously at the home of another woman who previously kidnapped a baby fro [...]

    14. Judy Collins on said:

      F A N T A S T I C! Top 50 Books of 2015 "Best Cliffhanger Mystery Thriller Suspense Series."BROKEN PROMISE(Promise Falls #1) is "hands down" Linwood Barclay's finest work! OMG! What a gripping page-turner. Even more exciting, there is a continuation (like Christmas, comes again). An explosive novelabout the disturbing evil secrets of a quiet mysterious small town (turns out, not so quiet). Set in a fictional upstate New York small town outside of Albany, called Promise Falls—a town slowly dyin [...]

    15. Dale Harcombe on said:

      David Harwood, single parent to 9 year old Ethan returns to his home town of Promise Falls. The promised job as a reporter at the Standard soon evaporates and he ends up living back with his parents. When he goes to visit his cousin Marla he finds a smear of blood on the door. Marla is nursing a baby. Whose is it and why does she claim and angel give it to her? This is just one of the mysteries in this novel. Others include a woman found stabbed in a particularly brutal way, 23 dead squirrels an [...]

    16. Arah-Lynda on said:

      Actual real review coming your way soon."I want a new drug, one that does what it shouldOne that won’t make me feel too badOne that won’t make me feel to goodI want a new drug, one with no doubtOne that won’t make me talk too muchOr make my face break outOne that won’t make me nervousWonderin what to doOne that makes me feel like I feel when I’m with youI’m alone with youI’m alone with you, yeah, yeah"

    17. Carla Johnson-Hicks on said:

      I have had this book for awhile and kept putting off reading it, now I wish I had read it right away. I was riveted and once I got into it, I could not put it down. This is the first book in a trilogy and all the books have been published, so I will definitely get into the next one. This is a suspense/mystery that will keep you guessing most of the way, but not necessarily about the crime you are thinking.David Harwood, a single dad, leaves a job at the paper in Boston because he spends no time [...]

    18. Patrice Hoffman on said:

      I've always been a huge fan of Linwood Barclay. His novels are always fast paced and thrilling with twists and turns some turns can be seen a mile away yet he always throws in a wild turn that no one sees coming. Broken Promise is no different. This is the story of a big small town, Promise Falls, that has seen better days. From the way this novel turns out, better days aren't on the horizon anytime soon.David Harwood moves back with his parents after the death of his wife and career with his so [...]

    19. Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'? on said:

      Promise Falls is a small town that is slowly losing itself. The amusement park has shut down along with the newspaper. Because of this latest incident, David Harwood is forced to move back in with his parents along with his son, Ethan. Eager to find a job he helps his parents with whatever they need around the house. As he takes some food to his cousin, Marla, he makes a startling discovery. She has a baby that she insists an angel has brought to her house. When the mother of that baby is found [...]

    20. Liz Barnsley on said:

      Broken Promise see's the indomitable Linwood Barclay back on top form - in this case starting a series which having read this makes me VERY happy.David has returned home and is stuck living with his parents along with his young son, after the job he came back to disappears. Running an errand one day, he discovers his cousin looking after a baby - strange as her child died at birth - her story of an Angel delivering the child sets David off to find the parents, but what he finds is horrific and b [...]

    21. Lorraine Southern on said:

      103/85, 4 stars **** :)Challenge complete, so let's end this here as I doubt much will be read over the next week or 2!I started the year off with a great J D Robb crime thriller and ended it with an equally great Linwood Barclay crime thriller :D Next year though, I will NOT waste time trying to slog my way through books that belong on the DNF pile. My new year 'book' resolution will be to bin everything that has not grabbed me by chapter 2 and to not buy rubbish that I 'think' I may like I th [...]

    22. Cameron Wiggins on said:

      First, I would like to express my thanks to NAL Publishing, NetGalley and the author who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.Broken Promise is my first adventure into the writing of Linwood Barclay, and it definitely will not be my last. This is the first installment in the Promise Falls Trilogy. Barclay has put together a very interesting and intricately intertwined thriller. I have deep admiration for an author that can have so many things going on in a novel and [...]

    23. Matt on said:

      First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Linwood Barclay, and Penguin Group Berkley NAL for providing me with a copy of this book, which allows me to provide you with this review.Barclay is back with another of his psychological thrillers that keeps the reader engaged and wondering until the bitter end. David Harwood holds the short end of the stick; a single dad after the loss of his wife, a plum journalism job that falls apart as soon as he starts, and he's forced to live with his p [...]

    24. Rosie on said:

      David Harwood is a single parent living in Promise Falls with his mum and dad. After losing his job he is at a loose end when his mother suggests delivering some food she made to his cousin, Marla. When David arrives at Marla’s house he is in for a big surprise. He finds Marla nursing a baby that cannot possibly be hers. She tells him an angel brought the baby to her. This leads David on a journey to find out where the baby really came from. He finds the mother murdered and it looks as though [...]

    25. Jackie Ullerich on said:

      Absolutely loved it! Love the realistic characters embroiled in some horrible situations. These are characters I care about and I could imagine them as a neighbor, a friend. This series is a must read.

    26. Susan Johnson on said:

      Widower Dave Hardwood, with his son, returns to his hometown to take a job as a news reporter. On his first day of work, the newspaper closes down. His cousin, Marla, just lost a baby at birth and then tries to steal one. On a visit to her, David discovers a baby. Where did he come from? Who are the parents? As David tries to unravel the mystery and keep Marla out of jail, the case takes unexpected twists and turns. Just as everything seems clear, something else happens before the reader can tak [...]

    27. March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room on said:

      Review: BROKEN PROMISE by Linwood BarclayAuthor Linwood Barclay never disappoints; his newest, BROKEN PROMISE, is the first in a trilogy set in the sad little town of Promise Falls, in upstate New York. On the surface, Promise Falls is just one of the multitude of sad American small cities, economically unfit, gasping out its last viable breaths. That's only the surface: underneath is ugly crime; a psychopathic former mayor intent on reacquring his death grip on the city, and eventually, on the [...]

    28. Barbara on said:

      3.5 starsWhen his newspaper shuts down widowed journalist David Harwood and his son Ethan move in with David's parents in Promise Falls, New York. One morning, as a favor to his mother, David brings some prepared food to his cousin Marla - a troubled young woman whose baby died at birth nearly a year ago. Since then Marla has been consumed by grief and once even tried to snatch a baby from the hospital. Luckily for Marla this was hushed up by her mother, the hospital's top administrator.When Dav [...]

    29. Monnie on said:

      For quite some time, I've been meaning to read something by this author, whose books tend to get rave reviews. So when I had the chance to request an advance copy of Barclay's Far From True from the publisher, I jumped at it and, to my delight, was approved. But then, I realized that book is the second in the Promise Falls Trilogy (at this writing, it's scheduled for release on March 8, 2016. Not wanting to be at a disadvantage by reading them out of order, I quickly got my hands on a copy of th [...]

    30. Paul on said:

      sorry all following my usual reviewing M.O. I'm not summarizing this title. suffice it to say it consists of a main plot that is pretty much resolved by books end, and 2 or 3 subplots which dangle through the other titles in the Promise Falls trilogyw even though I had guessed the main mystery Bout halfway through I still polished off this thriller in a day. because Barclay's style held me captivated with his characters. promise falls has catapulted into my second favourite literary town only be [...]

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