Title: The Promise
Author: Teresa Driscoll
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
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.
Beth wishes she could take back the vow they made.
But somebody is watching and will stop at nothing to ensure the secret stays buried. Now, with her beloved family in peril, can Beth still keep the promise?
The Promise is a fun, fast and entertaining read which is a great blend of interesting, well-developed characters and enough suspense to keep me interested without it solely focusing on what happened to Beth, Sally and Carol all those years ago.
The story is quite believable and not too ‘out there’. It didn’t sacrifice realism for BIG surprises or dramatic occurrences. It’s not as dark a read as I expected, but I didn’t mind – it felt more focused on family drama and friendship than shocking twists, though there are a few surprises along the way, and was a fairly slow burner – although plenty happens which kept me wanting to read on. I’m a big fan of thrillers, crime and mystery but I also don’t mind when a book isn’t overly dramatic or shocking, and I found this struck just the right balance.
I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a mystery/thriller that isn’t too crazy, especially if you fancy an easy read that you can get through in no time – I certainly finished it very quickly and really enjoyed it.
Many thanks to Thomas & Mercer for providing a copy of this book on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.