#BlogTour: The Promise by Sally Jenkins @sallyjenkinsuk @rararesources #ThePromise

The Promise is available now. My thanks to the author for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for having me on the blog tour. Should you wish to get your own copy you can do so on the following links:

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.

My Thoughts:

The Promise is an interesting and accurately paced psychological thriller. Many of the characters were unlikeable and this aided in the tension and the telling of the story. It is a relatively short book that managed to pack a lot in. 

Tina is dying and she would like to see her brother settled before she dies, she made a promise to her mother to do so. When Tina was in prison many years previously she befriended Audrey who is in prison for murdering her husband. Audrey made a promise that her son and his partner would help Tina if needed. What ensues is a claustrophic story of blackmail, desperation and mental illness. 

The Promise explores the lengths that someone is prepared to go to in order to honour a promise. Tina was particularly unlikeable but I think she behaved as she did out of desperation and love for her brother, by the end of the book she painted a pretty sad and lonely lady. 

The reader is swept along with the story, always knowing which direction the story was headed but never quite sure of the journey. This is a book because of its length that I managed to read in one go. It didn't feature the complexity of some psychological thrillers that I have read but I enjoyed it nonetheless. 

The ending provides somewhat of a cliffhanger and I hope that there is a follow up in the future. 

I would recommend this to fans of thrillers who fancy a change of pace and direction from some of their recent reads.

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.

Social Media Links –
Twitter: @sallyjenkinsuk

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