I am delighted to be sharing my thoughts today on “The Promise” by Sally Jenkins. It is available in paperback or eBook format and can be purchased from Amazon Uk. My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the tour.
A man has been stabbed. A woman is bloodstained. The nightmares from her teenage years have begun again for Olivia Field – just as she is preparing to marry.
Ex-convict, Tina is terminally ill. Before she dies, the care of her younger, psychologically unwell brother, Wayne must be ensured. So Tina calls in a promise made to her thirty years ago in a prison cell. A promise that was written down and placed with crucial evidence illustrating a miscarriage of justice in a murder case.
Tina believes Olivia is perfectly placed to provide the care Wayne needs, but to do so, Olivia must be forced to cancel her own wedding and wreck the lives of those close to her. Tina’s terrible blackmail demands put Olivia’s entire future and, ultimately, her freedom under threat.
The Promise is a fast-paced psychological thriller told from several third person viewpoints. The novel explores the lengths to which people are prepared go in order to protect those they love and the impossibility of ever fully escaping our past actions.
Olivia has been having nightmare about a murder she witnessed 30 years ago. Tina, an ex-con is battling cancer and worries about how her brother Wayne will cope when she is no longer around. When Tina discovers an old letter that contains a promise of help, should she or Wayne need it, she contacts Olivia.
This is a reasonably well paced book as we learn about the event of 30 years ago in snippets as the story unfolds. A promise that was made is now due to be claimed, but the manipulation, cover ups and lies that have been twisted into this story have potentially dire consequences. As with all things in life, honesty is the best policy, but Sally has created a character that has always kept part of her past behind her, not sharing the most important details with those important, but this character thinks it is the right and only thing to do.
The cast of characters are not huge, but are definitely memorable. They each have a connection to each other in a well thought out way, but for some reason I couldn’t warm to any of them. I think because some of them are cheats and liars, but even though I wasn’t struck on the characters I read this book in one sitting. I found the story engaging and kept me turning the pages to discover the full ins and outs of the plot.
I would recommend this to readers of crime and mystery novels, it is one I enjoyed.
About the Author:
Sally Jenkins lives in the West Midlands. She is a member of a Speakers’ Club, a volunteer library reading group coordinator and a church bell ringer. Sally’s first psychological thriller, Bedsit Three won the Ian Govan Award.
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