Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay


TitleBroken Promise
Author: Linwood Barclay
Format: Paperback ARC
My Rating★★★★★

Synopsis (Provided by GoodReads):

From the New York Times bestselling author of No Safe House comes an explosive novel 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.

My Thoughts:

I received an ARC of this book from the Book Reporter sneak peek giveaway.

This book follows the main character, David and his son, Ethan. David has recently lost his job and his wife has passed away so he is put into a situation where he has to move back home to his parents house in Promise Falls, NY. One morning, David’s mother asks him to take over some food to his cousin, Marla, who has not been doing too well since the loss of her baby. She lost her child due to complications during childbirth. Little did David know that when he showed up at Marla’s home, there would be an infant child in her arms. Marla claims that the baby was brought to her by angel. This book follows the story of how the child ended up with Marla and what happened to the child’s mother.

I thought that this book was absolutely amazing. It was very well plotted out and the characters were well-developed. Speaking of characters, there are A LOT of them so I would suggest paying close attention to what’s going on while you’re reading this book. If you don’t pay attention, you might get lost in the mix of all of the chaos that’s going on in this book.

Linwood Barclay seems to have a tendency to hint at things throughout the book that you may think are significant but you really aren’t sure whether to pay attention to them or not. I love that about his writing style. He always keeps you guessing and when you think you’ve got it figured out, you are very, very wrong. This book was unpredictable and it’s unpredictability made it just that much more enjoyable. Linwood Barclay likes to build this web of characters and then bring them all together at the end of the book, which I find to be very intense and fast-paced. He has a way of telling a story that makes you not want to put the book down.

Linwood Barclay is my all time favorite author, so I will say to anyone that is interested in suspense/thriller novels, give Linwood a chance! His writing will blow you away and leave you completely stunned. I am so excited that this book is going to lead to two other books that take place in the same town of Promise Falls, NY and I cannot wait to get my hands on them!