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The Promise

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Summary

The chilling new psychological thriller from the #1 bestselling author of I Am Watching You.

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?

©2019 Teresa Driscoll (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“Expertly handled noir…” (Fiona Barton, Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling author of The Widow)

“Gripping and well written with warm, realistic characters who will haunt you long after you’ve reached the dramatic end.” (Jane Corry, Sunday Times best-selling author of My Husband’s Wife)

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Secrets, lies, twists and turns but gritty subject

I am a big fan of Teresa Driscoll - particularly "I am Watching You" and found "The Friend" very good if s little implausible at the end. "The Promise" was very well written, with lots of plot twists and surprises along the way, some more predictable than others.
I was not keen on Carol, as she seemed a little of an unconvincing character and also was not that onboard for how Beth's story developed but it was more the subject matter and medical details I was not really a fan of as just not really my thing. Not that it was terribly gory but just a sensitive subject and without spoiling the story, there was just quite a lot of "women's stuff" going on which I found hard to listen to and think if I had known I might have given it a miss as I love a good entertaining, escapist thriller and I found it rather grim in places.
Narration was great for Beth's character I am guessing that was Esther Wane and despite a few mispronunciations it was a great read, Carol's character was just not that likeable especially her strange hatred of Crows (which I adore) so hard to like the narrator but I did think she did a good job ... unlike Steve West who gave me the creeps with the Matthew character who seemed like he had done nothing to deserve coming across as so weird and unattractive.
So to sum up, great tightly woven plot, suspense, intrigue and twists, some unpleasant topics, no actual animal cruelty but murderous intentions towards corvoids, story keeps you guessing but would have preferred less medical descriptions dreariness, distress and sadness as felt quite bleak and worn out after reading it, unlike the previous two.
Sadly the next Teresa Driscoll "I Will Make You Pay" which is set in the world of journalism and sounded a lot more unbeat than this one (though ISteve West is again playing the main part) was another disappointment despite always excellent Elizabeth Knowelden giving another great read.
So to rate Teresa Driscoll's books in order of preference would be sadly in order of first "I am watching you" best to the latest one "I will make you pay" worst. I will look out for book number 5 and hope for a return to previous form.

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This is a domestic drama, not a thriller per se.

I was rather bored halfway through and really found the male actor hilarious because he was trying to sound like Bruce Wayne. It was a fine story, but not a thriller as I'd thought.

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Promising

3 girls, a deadly secret held since their school days...now its threatening to be revealed...

I have listened to quite a lot of thrillers now, I am by no means an expert...but its now taking more to impress me.

The Promise was only okay not brilliant, that being said I was excited to find out what happened even if I did guess quite a lot of it early on.
It did has an interesting narration style, each chapter narrated by a different character which a separate narrator...this was extra surprising when a male narrator chipped in what seemed like halfway through the book.
This was a nice easy listen, and entertaining few hours...but nothing spectacular.

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no bad

I thought this book was good read but in all honesty too much happened at the end

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Gripping book with plots I couldn’t foresee!

I would definitely recommend this book, the performances were excellent and didn’t distract from the story. The performances greatly enhanced the story. It was a definite feeling of a page turner for me. I didn’t see a lot of the things that happened coming. Most books you can guess but the author did a great job here of not giving too much away.

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brilliant

really good did not see the twist coming!! however did get confused as I had listened to I am watching you first. you will see what I mean

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be careful what you agree to

three school friends make a promise to never reveal what they know. But one of them has already spoken, breaking the vow. When developers take over their old convent school they know its only a matter of time.

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Great book.

love it. kept me interested to the last page. definitely to be recommended. will check other books from this author.

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Another great from Teresa Driscoll

Another great story line, so much emotion and character building. Loved it all. I love Teresa’s small nod to each book being in the same universe with the constant of Mathew and Melanie. Fast becoming one of my favourite authors ♥️

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Really good story

Well written and well performed. Kept me listening intrigued to know what was coming next.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-08-19

Interesting listen with good plots

I liked the book, I think in terms of subject matter and the ability to grasp the issues and challenges of a person and the emotions that go with it, this was a very good listen with a very good narrator. However, there was an unnecessary dramatic build up to the secret promise. Honestly It could have been revealed early on and then the after effects played out through out the story. The flaw was in the writers’ thought process that the center of the book was a promise when it really was the development of the characters surrounding the effects of the promise. It was still a very good book.

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  • Lady in the Pink House
  • 06-06-20

Predictable

It was an interesting enough story with good character development, but it was very predictable.

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  • Ann Marie Martin
  • 02-06-20

The secret gets the best of these three friends. "

This is a psychological thriller with complex characters. I could believe this happening to three fourteen year old friends and it haunting them for most of their lives. The author describes each character as they become adult and one friend suddenly distances herself from them. They start out in a boarding school under the direction of nuns. People are hurt physically and mentally, but the plot is exposed when the school is being demolished. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read. There is suspense, crime, friendship, betrayal and parental relationships. It cannot be put down when reading it. I have also read "The Friend" which is equally interesting.

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  • P. McCarron
  • 10-05-20

The things that shape our lives.....

Beautifully written and performed! This story touches on life from adolescence to adulthood.
Worry about the past, worry about the present and into the future.

These three girls all loved each other and lead their lives based on a promise that shaped them.

Looking forward to Teresa Driscoll’s Audible books!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-12-19

Time Stopping

Kept you wanting to keep reading and not put it down. A very good read!

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  • barbara
  • 29-10-19

The Promise

What an an emotional sad, yet beautiful story, full of love, hatred , friendship etc. I loved every minute. It is a story that will keep your mind thinking all the time, long after you have read it. The narration was excellent.

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  • Billy Powell
  • 15-10-19

Promises

This book kept me interested the whole time and it wasn't predictable like other books

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  • NK
  • 23-09-19

Good book

Good book but not great. Was a bit too much like a soap opera, a bit too melodramatic. Parts were predictable though the ending wasn’t.

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  • Lily
  • 27-07-19

The Promise

Wonderfully written, it was full of suspense and surprises. I really enjoyed it because I wasn't able to solve the mystery like I do with most books and I was very surprised when all was revealed. If you love mystery and suspense I highly recommend this book.😁

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  • Whiplash
  • 10-07-19

Mediocre

Kept waiting for the psychological thriller twist that I love... it never came. The story was just a story. The mysteries that were explained & revealed, were told so abruptly that if you weren't paying attention, you would have missed.
Blah. Not really a fan of this one.