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The Promise by Teresa Driscoll

By Debi Lantzer @debiL1611

The Promise by Teresa DriscollThe Promise by Teresa Driscoll
Published by Thomas & Mercer on February 7, 2019
Genres: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Psychological, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 314
Format: ARC, eBook
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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?

When I read the synopsis of this story, I was immediately intrigued and knew I just had to read this book. I hadn’t heard of author, Teresa Driscoll, but when I did a little research I learned that she has written quite a few other psychological thrillers.  After reading today’s book, The Promise, it became clear this is another author I’ll want to follow!

“They sit very still in this room full of blood and sorrow – girls whose pulses burst in their veins and boom inside their ears. Their heads. Somewhere a clock ticks. A bird calls….

Three girls. One dead.” 

Beth, Sally, and Carol met at a Catholic boarding school and became the best of friends. When the girls are 14, something horrible happens and they make a promise to each other never to tell anyone what happened or the parts that they each played in this traumatic event.  The memory of this event and the secrets kept from it torture these girls into adulthood. When the now-38 year old women learn that the old boarding school grounds are going to be torn down, their secret may possibly be revealed. 

Beth is happily married to her husband, Adam and is terrified she could lose him and their two sons if anyone discovers her secret. Then there’s Sally, who started drinking many years ago trying to forget her part in what happened.  Carol has seemingly dropped off the face of the earth ceasing any contact with her own mom, or Beth or Sally.  Beth is desperate to locate Carol so they can make plans about their secret or free themselves from their promise.  They hire Matthew, a private investigator, to help locate Carol before the building is torn down.

The Promise is told predominantly through Beth’s perspective, both the past and the present tense. Once the plot of the story of The Promise is established, Matthew and Carol’s present day perspectives are interspersed too. There are some unexpected twists that keep readers in suspense and fully locked in and absorbed in this story.

The Promise by Teresa Driscoll Teresa Driscoll – a former BBC TV news presenter- is now an international #1 bestselling author. Her debut psychological suspense I AM WATCHING YOU hit Number One on Kindle in the UK, USA and Australia and sold more than half a million copies in its first year. Her second thriller THE FRIEND was also Kindle #1 in the UK and Australia and a top #10 bestseller in the USA. 

Teresa also writes women’s fiction. Her debut in this genre RECIPES FOR MELISSA was auctioned at the Frankfurt book fair between seven German publishers and her second women’s fiction title is LAST KISS GOODNIGHT.

During her long career as a journalist, Teresa worked for newspapers, magazines and television, including 15 years presenting the BBC TV news program, Spotlight. Covering crime for so long, she was deeply moved by the haunting impact on the relatives, the friends and the witnesses and it is those ripples she explores now in her darker fiction.

Teresa’s books have been sold for translation in 15 languages. She lives in glorious Devon with her husband and two sons and blogs regularly about her “writing life” at her website ~~


I received an advanced readers digital copy of this book from Thomas & Mercer through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to provide a positive review.

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