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Broken Promise

Book 1, Promise Falls Trilogy - A Promise Falls Novel

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Description

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.

From Publishers Weekly

May 25, 2015 – Promise Falls, N.Y., is a less salacious but deadlier version of Peyton Place in this engrossing smalltown thriller from Arthur Ellis Award winner Barclay (No Safe House). Reporter David Harwood, recently returned to town, visits his emotionally fragile cousin Marla Pickens, who lost her baby girl during birth 10 months earlier. Harwood is startled to find her caring for a 10-month-old baby boy, brought to her, Marla claims, by an angel. Meanwhile, Det. Barry Duckworth of the Promise Falls PD has multiple (and strange) crimes to contend with, including an especially ugly murder. Marla's newly acquired baby is at the heart of the mystery, but as Duckworth and Harwood pursue their separate investigations, secrets held by everyone from Harwood's parents and Marla's mother to hospital administrator Agnes Pickens and sleazy former mayor Randall Finley are exposed. Linwood's adept characterizations and knack for unsettling twists make this a surefire bestseller. Author tour.

Customer Reviews

Broken promise

The thrill of the unknown keeps the reader intrigued throughout the book. I couldn't stop reading until I finished the last sentence. Simply amazing.

Worth More than One Read

This is a very exciting story that keeps the reader thinking and guessing right up to the very end, and leaves a cliff-hanger. The characters are very well-developed and real people. The action is not easy to foresee, and the book is very hard to put down. Everyone carries baggage, and the impact on everyone's life is remarkable. Very worth reading again and again.

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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Jul 28, 2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
  • Print Length: 528 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Promise Falls Trilogy
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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