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Summary

Best friends. Broken promises. Buried secrets.

Ten years ago, Rose made a promise to help her goddaughter, Eloise, if she was ever in trouble.

A promise she may live to regret.

But she meant every word...until the night Eloise turns up on her doorstep covered in blood and asking for the unthinkable.

Rose has buried secrets before. Only this time, they’re about to come back and haunt her.

The Promise You Made is the addictive new psychological thriller by A J McDine.

Perfect for fans of Jackie Kabler, Shalini Boland, Lisa Jewell, Sue Watson and Samantha Hayes.

©2021 A. J. McDine (P)2022 W F Howes

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Deliciously detestable main character

First book Iv listened to by A.J. McDine and almost gave up due to the narration. But despite that the story kept me going. I’m definitely a fan of McDine now.
Fiona Mitchell personally I found grating to listen to, but if you can get through that the story is fantastic.

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McDine honours her promises as usual ...

... and brings us another great thriller!

I’ve read all of AJ’s thrillers, they’re all wonderful but this is my favourite. She just gets better and better.

McDine has an amazing talent for creating characters whose lives you get sucked into from the first turn of the page. But what makes this story so compelling is the protagonist who’s like an old cat lady you dislike, feel sorry for, then fall in love with as her story unfolds.

The book opens with a bang when Rose’s best friend’s daughter - who she hasn’t seen since she was a young girl - shows up on the doorstep asking Rose to honour the promise she made to her years ago: to come whenever she needs help. Only the help the girl needs isn’t quite what Rose is expecting!

McDine’s writing is so tight and realistic - her dialogue particularly - that you forget you’re reading fiction as you spend time with her three-dimensional characters. It’s a real talent to be able to do that, especially to create wonderful character arcs that make you change your mind as they develop slowly and believably. So many thrillers blur into each other but I never forget AJ’s because I feel like I’ve lived every moment.

Great story and I love the narrator; her performance is natural and engaging. What more can you ask for?

Can’t WAIT for the next one!

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  • 27-03-22

Despicable protagonist..

The most despicable protagonist I’ve ever come across. So much so i think it raised my blood pressure. I found it to be so irritating That i was angry.. so angry i wanted to smash her face in. Sorry… I’m not a violent person just frustrated beyond belief. I felt the the hatred viscerally. I’m not sure what was so different about her from the typical thriller psychopath but for there was something more irritating about her.
Having said all that.. the book is well written and i highly recommend it. Listening after a drink may help. Lol