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The morning it all started, newspaper reporter David Harwood had plenty to worry about. A single parent with no job, forced to return with his young son to the small town of Promise Falls to live with his parents, the future wasn't looking too rosy.

So when his mother asked him to look in on his cousin Marla, who was still not quite right after losing her baby, it was almost a relief to put the disaster his own life had become to one side. The relief wouldn't last long.

When he gets to Marla's house he's disturbed to find a smear of blood on the front door. He's even more disturbed to find Marla nursing a baby, a baby she claims was delivered to her 'by an angel.' And when, soon after, a woman's body is discovered across town, stabbed to death, with her own baby missing, it looks as if Marla has done something truly terrible.

But while the evidence seems overwhelming, David just can't believe that his cousin is a murderer. In which case, who did kill Rosemary Gaynor? And why did they then take her baby and give it to Marla?

With the police convinced they have an open and shut case, it's up to David to find out what really happened, but he soon discovers that the truth could be even more disturbing....

©2015 Linwood Barclay (P)2015 Recorded Books LLC

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  • Andrea
  • 10-13-15

Classic Barclay !

Good story, good narration, and it looks like there may be a sequel. Excellent listen !

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  • judith
  • 08-27-15

Engaging story, excellent narration.

Really held my interest from beginning to end, the pace never flagged. Haven't read a Lynwood Barclay for some time, and this is one of his better books. Might try another.

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  • Andy
  • 09-10-15

Broken Promise. Make a promise to yourself. Buy it

What made the experience of listening to Broken Promise the most enjoyable?

I've never been disappointed with Linwood Barclay novels, paper book or audio. So I knew the same would apply here before the download....the anticipation was duly rewarded.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken Promise?

When the truth broke, whilst expecting one character to be guilty of the crimes, the other took my breath away

Which scene did you most enjoy?

As always with Linwood Barclay novels, each scene brings quality and consistency - page by page.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Be careful what you promise

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  • Jacky
  • 08-23-15

Very enjoyable

Hi great easy listen, lots of different threads but the outcomes were a little predictable

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-16-15

brilliant

As always barclay produces a terrific story that grips you from the first word. roll on the next book

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  • Anna
  • 10-27-15

Great listening

Where does Broken Promise rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I can easily place Broken Promise among the best stories and sets of characters I have ever come across.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The character of David comes out clearly as the everyday hero, supportive of his son and his parents, trying to do what is best for all, and solving a mystery in the meantime. Nevertheless we understand there is something in his past we don't know.

What about Quincy Dunn Baker and Brian O'Neill ’s performance did you like?

The two voices contribute to a lively performance, in which David's point of view is distinct from the rest. They both do a great performance.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book gave me an adrenaline rush and I felt the urge to go quickly through it to discover what would happen at the end. The conclusion was satisfactory from a good / evil point of view, but perhaps too dramatic with respect to the tone of the rest of the story. As I felt sort of disappointed for many lose threads, I searched the internet and found out that the author is planning to publish two more stories to complete a Promise Falls trilogy. Cannot wait for the second book.

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  • Kirstine
  • 06-15-16

More interesting than a simple crime novel

This is the first in what promises to be an engaging series. Inevitably time is spent introducing the characters who, presumably, will re-appear in later books. Though crimes are committed these are the backdrop to associated stories about people’s feelings and lives that makes the book more interesting. The narrative never flags with plenty of twists and turns and the readers are excellent.

By the end of the book there are several loose ends that I guess will be carried forward into the books that follow. (They are: I’ve just started to listen to the second book in the series Far from True and think that one needs to listen/read in chronological order).

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  • Anne
  • 10-12-15

Ending complete let down

Perhaps it's just me that likes my books to end up with all the Riddles explained and the questions answered with perhaps a little left unsaid but this book is like the last chalet is missing
.., perhaps it's to make u do your own take on what was going on but to be honest I felt cheated after investing so much time listening !!!

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  • Dilettante
  • 08-12-15

Brilliant

Kept me captive for the first few days of my holiday - if you like his other books then this is definitely worth listening to / reading. You must listen right to the end.

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  • Colette
  • 08-25-15

Really not sure about this one

If I'd bought this in print form, it's one I'd have speed read just to find out what happened. It's quite a good story line but I felt it was written in a superficial way...as if we were observing the story and characters from a distance rather than being drawn into it. Has put me off anything else by the author unless I needed something for a beach holiday.

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