Sunday, August 23, 2015

Broken Promise (Promise Falls #1)

Linwood Barclay

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 Netgalley).

My Thoughts

David is forced to move back to his hometown with his son Ethan. Until he can get a job, they are living with his parents. A simple act of kindness towards his cousin Marla gets David involved in situations he could have never predicted. In trying to help Marla out, David uncovers many secrets and they don’t just involve his family.

This was a fast paced, easy read. There is a lot going in this story, but the author handled the different plot lines quite well. David is a likeable character, so it was easy to get caught up in his story. For me, the best past is this is book one of a series. The author left us with some unanswered questions that have me looking forward to whatever comes next.

My thanks to Penguin Group. via Netgalley, for allowing me to read this in exchange for an unbiased review.

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