The promise

It was their darkest secret. Three schoolgirls made a promise – to take the horrible truth of what they did to the grave.

Thirty years later, Beth and Sally have tried to put the trauma behind them. Though Carol has distanced herself from her former friends, the three are adamant that the truth must never come to light, even if the memory still haunts them.

But when some shocking news threatens to unearth their dark secret, Beth enlists the help of private investigator Matthew Hill to help her and Sally reconnect with estranged Carol ­– before the terrible act they committed as teenagers is revealed.

Although Teresa Driscoll has two previously published number 1 bestsellers I have read neither and so she was a new author to me when I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. It’s always great to find a new psychological thriller writer and I wasn’t disappointed at all with her style, What makes a great psychological thriller writer? Well, two main things in my opinion…

Firstly you need to be able to relate or feel the characters. Driscoll characterises so well that I felt like I knew them all personally. Their strengths, secrets and weaknesses were carefully constructed to paint a picture of three women and a lifetime of hiding the truth.

But the other key ingredient is the secret… The shocking twist, turn, revelation and the bits that lead you up to it. This book was lacking in actually it was beyond 60% when things started to happen. I felt like Driscoll had to throw a couple of curveballs in just to get the book heightened up and they sort of fell flat. Psychological thrillers are not generally slow burners but this one was.

The ending brought everything together neatly – and that was the saving grace for this book. The craziness of everything is revealed and the ends are tied together. Unfortunately the journey to get to that point is painful.

Published on the 7th February 2019 – this book is hot off the press and ready to read! Available for £3.99 on Kindle and £4.99 in Paperback if purchasing from Amazon.co.uk.

 

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