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Broken Promise

(Promise Falls #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  11,085 ratings  ·  1,311 reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Linwood Barclay comes an explosive novel set in the peaceful small town of Promise Falls, where secrets can always be buried—but never forgotten…

After his wife’s death and the collapse of his newspaper, David Harwood has no choice but to uproot his nine-year-old son and move back into his childhood home in Promise Falls, New York. Da
Hardcover, 484 pages
Published July 28th 2015 by NAL
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Mary Beth
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in the Promise Falls Trilogy. I have a feeling that I am really going to love this series. I really enjoyed this book. It was action packed and had problems putting it down.

David Harwood moves back to his hometown to provide a better life for his young son. But he loses his job shortly after returning and is forced to move back in with his parents. He's on an errand for his mom when he stops in at his cousin Marla's house and discovers her with a baby that 'an angel droppe
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

When his newspaper shuts down widowed journalist David Harwood and his son Ethan move in with David's parents in Promise Falls, New York.

One morning, as a favor to his mother, David brings some prepared food to his cousin Marla - a troubled young woman whose baby died at birth nearly a year ago.

Since then Marla has been consumed by grief and once even tried to snatch a baby from the hospital. Luckily for Marla this was hushed up by her mother, the hospital's top administrator.

When Davi
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, mystery, series
Another solid read from author Linwood Barclay!

This is NOT a gripping, intense thriller that keeps you up at night. This is also not a book that showcases a deranged antagonist hell bent on evil and destruction.
What this book IS about is actually far more scary than that, because it's a story about people we all know and trust who have gone bad. The people you hear about on the news with their neighbors saying 'I'm so shocked, they were always so nice!'
In traditional Barclay style he has const
Chelsea Humphrey
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was going to give this one a 3.5, but decided to round it up due solely to the last page. Talk about wanting more!

I'm not going to summarize the plot because it was complicated and intensive. There were multiple storylines crossing and coming together at the end in typical Barclay form. This is the beginning of a new trilogy set in his fictional town of Promise Falls, NY. It didn't feel quite up to par of his past writing in the sense that there seemed to be a bit extra padding at times, but I
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Christine by: requested from Net G
Shelves: net-galley, ebooks
Broken Promise review—October 11, 2015

I would like to thank Linwood Barclay, Net Galley and NAL publishing for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an unbiased review.

Broken Promise is the first installment of the Promise Falls trilogy, set in upstate New York. My only other Barclay read is Tap on the Window, but that book and this novel are enough for me to see that Mr. Barclay is a master storyteller. I really enjoyed this novel.

Broken Promise is written mainly in 3rd person narrative with sev
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
I have to admit to approaching this book with a little trepidation. I did not enjoy the previous Linwood Barclay that I read. But this one? This is a completely different story.

Broken Promise is intriguing. It is compelling. It is fast paced and sweeps the reader along. Just as you think you know where this is heading, Mr Barclay will throw in a twist to the plot that has the book heading off in a completely unexpected direction.

The characters in this book could be your neighbours, your friends
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Broken Promise is the first in the Promise Falls Trilogy. Linwood Barclay has written a superb opener.

David Harwood has received a series of blows. First and most devastating his wife has passed away, the newspaper he works for is going under, and then he is forced to move back home with his 9 year old son. Moving back in with his parents is a little humiliating, but he makes the best of it and helps out. His mother asks him to take some soup to his cousin Marla and check up on her. When he arri
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this advance copy of Net Galley and Penguin Group in exchange for a honest review.
This was a pleasure for me as I love the writing of Linwood Barclay and eagerly await any new novels by him, having read everything he has released.
The hardest part of this task was overcoming the badly formatted copy I had that was littered with extra numbers printed on each page. I was determined not to let this spoil my enjoyment and enjoy what appears to be the first in a new series of books by this

With Ethan at school, David Harwood took the food his mother had asked him to deliver to his cousin Marla and headed to her house. David and Ethan had returned from Boston to Promise Falls so David could start at his reporter position for the local paper. The day he began the job, the paper folded and everyone was out of work. So David and Ethan were currently living at David’s parent’s house – not ideal but would do until he could find work and get their own place. The first sign that some
David Harwood is a former Boston Globe city editor and widower who returned home to Promise Falls so he could spend more quality time with his nine-year old son (better hours). He was to be a reporter for the local newspaper but it closed on his first day and now he’s living with his parents until he finds something new. When he stops by to check on his cousin, Marla, whose baby was stillborn some months ago and she’s still pretty fragile, David finds her with a baby boy she says was delivered t ...more
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

I liked this book. I have to admit that I was able to guess a few of the big twists but I found enough surprises along the way to keep my interest. This book is the first in a new series set in the small town of Promise Falls. I had no idea that this book was part of a series and had assumed it was a stand alone novel. I was kind of surprised to find that this story left a few loose ends that I am sure will be picked up in future installments
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jun-15
I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to read Linwood Barclay's latest novel "Broken Promise". He has recently become one of my favorite authors and this novel didn't disappoint.
Widowed David returns to small town Promise Falls, New York hoping to provide a better life for his young son, Ethan. However, the town where David grew up and his parents still reside has been touched by scandal, a recent surge in crime and is now on the decline.
An out of work reporter, David begins to investigate
Veronica ⭐️
3.5 stars

I’ve read a couple of Linwood Barclay novels and have loved the gripping suspense, ruthless killers and unexpected twists. Broken Promise has all these elements but the delivery is slow. There is a greater lean towards mystery, with a multitude of characters harbouring dark secrets and chequered pasts.
Broken promise wasn’t a bad read, quite the opposite, with multiple plot lines it was intricate and well written. Just not what I’ve come to expect! Although not part of this series I woul
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, audiobook
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Linwood Barclay, and Penguin Group Berkley NAL for providing me with a copy of this book, which allows me to provide you with this review.

Barclay is back with another of his psychological thrillers that keeps the reader engaged and wondering until the bitter end. David Harwood holds the short end of the stick; a single dad after the loss of his wife, a plum journalism job that falls apart as soon as he starts, and he's forced to live with his p
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
David is on his way to visits his cousin that lost her daughter a couple of months before at childbirth. But he finds her with a child when he gets to her house. A child she claims her hers...

Linwood Barclay knows how to keep the readers in suspense throughout the whole book by not only creating an interesting story but by having very short chapters with no unnecessary chitchat. Don't take me wrong I love books with lots of descriptions and when it takes time for events to happen and long chapte
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers-us
Broken Promise .....this is the first Linwood Barclay book I have read for a number of years.
David Harwood has a good job working as an assistant editor on a newspaper in Boston and is raising his son on his own.
When he finally admits to himself that his unsociable working hours aren’t fair on his young son or himself, he takes a job on a local newspaper in his home town, Promise Falls. However, luck is not on his side and on the day he starts his new job, the editor announces the paper is shu
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid 4.5 stars
We are in the town of Promise Falls
Somewhere in New England

David a reporter back into town after working in Boston Globe. He works for a day at the local paper before it shuts down. He lives at his parents house. He has a son. He’s looking for a job.

Marla.. his cousin.. says an angel visited her and gave her a baby.

The mother of the baby is found killed in her kitchen ... who is the killer ? Was it Marla, or the angel or someone else.

Detective Duckworth has to find out the k
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy Linwood Barclay's books, and this was no exception. There are clues generously given along the way without revealing too much, and I eventually had an idea in my head what had happened. Still, there were some turns I didn't see coming. I like Detective Barry Duckworth and his internal thinking. As the first in a trilogy, some incomplete storylines are expected. With my memory, though, I've kept some notes because the next one won't be out until next March. I'm looking forward to i ...more
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual real review coming your way soon.

"I want a new drug, one that does what it should
One that won’t make me feel too bad
One that won’t make me feel to good
I want a new drug, one with no doubt
One that won’t make me talk too much
Or make my face break out

One that won’t make me nervous
Wonderin what to do
One that makes me feel like I feel when I’m with you
I’m alone with you
I’m alone with you, yeah, yeah"
Judy D Collins
F A N T A S T I C!

Top 50 Books of 2015 "Best Cliffhanger Mystery Thriller Suspense Series."

BROKEN PROMISE (Promise Falls #1) is "hands down" Linwood Barclay's finest work! OMG! What a gripping page-turner. Even more exciting, there is a continuation (like Christmas, comes again).

An explosive novel about the disturbing evil secrets of a quiet mysterious small town (turns out, not so quiet). Set in a fictional upstate New York small town outside of Albany, called Promise Falls—a town slowly
Carla Johnson-Hicks
I have had this book for awhile and kept putting off reading it, now I wish I had read it right away. I was riveted and once I got into it, I could not put it down. This is the first book in a trilogy and all the books have been published, so I will definitely get into the next one. This is a suspense/mystery that will keep you guessing most of the way, but not necessarily about the crime you are thinking.

David Harwood, a single dad, leaves a job at the paper in Boston because he spends no time
Patrice Hoffman
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've always been a huge fan of Linwood Barclay. His novels are always fast paced and thrilling with twists and turns... some turns can be seen a mile away yet he always throws in a wild turn that no one sees coming. Broken Promise is no different. This is the story of a big small town, Promise Falls, that has seen better days. From the way this novel turns out, better days aren't on the horizon anytime soon.

David Harwood moves back with his parents after the death of his wife and career with his
Dale Harcombe
David Harwood, single parent to 9 year old Ethan returns to his home town of Promise Falls. The promised job as a reporter at the Standard soon evaporates and he ends up living back with his parents. When he goes to visit his cousin Marla he finds a smear of blood on the door. Marla is nursing a baby. Whose is it and why does she claim and angel give it to her? This is just one of the mysteries in this novel. Others include a woman found stabbed in a particularly brutal way, 23 dead squirrels an ...more
Linda Strong
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing

As Detective Duckworth calls Promise Falls, the town is like a suit, once new, has now turned shiny and threadbare.

The story starts with the discovery of 23 bodies ... all squirrels, all hanging by their necks.

Now that I have your attention, this is what you're going to find in this book.. other than the dead squirrels. In no particular order ....

Woman stabbed to death in her home

Nanny and woman's baby are missing

Baby turns up mysteriously at the home of another woman who previously kidnapped a
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
Promise Falls is a small town that is slowly losing itself. The amusement park has shut down along with the newspaper. Because of this latest incident, David Harwood is forced to move back in with his parents along with his son, Ethan. Eager to find a job he helps his parents with whatever they need around the house. As he takes some food to his cousin, Marla, he makes a startling discovery. She has a baby that she insists an angel has brought to her house. When the mother of that baby is found ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
This was my first book by this author and it was fantastic. I could put it down. A complete roller coaster, one thing after another for David who moves back to Promise Falls with his son, Ethan. I loved the small town setting and characters and hope to meet them again as the series continues. Linwood Barclay could be my new favourite author!
Liz Barnsley
Broken Promise see's the indomitable Linwood Barclay back on top form - in this case starting a series which having read this makes me VERY happy.

David has returned home and is stuck living with his parents along with his young son, after the job he came back to disappears. Running an errand one day, he discovers his cousin looking after a baby - strange as her child died at birth - her story of an Angel delivering the child sets David off to find the parents, but what he finds is horrific and b
Lorraine Southern
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
103/85, 4 stars **** :)

Challenge complete, so let's end this here as I doubt much will be read over the next week or 2!
I started the year off with a great J D Robb crime thriller and ended it with an equally great Linwood Barclay crime thriller :D Next year though, I will NOT waste time trying to slog my way through books that belong on the DNF pile. My new year 'book' resolution will be to bin everything that has not grabbed me by chapter 2 and to not buy rubbish that I 'think' I may like ... I
Cameron Wiggins
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
First, I would like to express my thanks to NAL Publishing, NetGalley and the author who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Broken Promise is my first adventure into the writing of Linwood Barclay, and it definitely will not be my last. This is the first installment in the Promise Falls Trilogy. Barclay has put together a very interesting and intricately intertwined thriller. I have deep admiration for an author that can have so many things going on in a novel and
Jennifer (Wonderland Books)
I received an ARC of this book from the Book Reporter sneak peek giveaway.

This book follows the main character, David and his son, Ethan. David has recently lost his job and his wife has passed away so he is put into a situation where he has to move back home to his parents house in Promise Falls, NY. One morning, David's mother asks him to take over some food to his cousin, Marla, who has not been doing too well since the loss of her baby. She lost her child due to complications during childbir
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Linwood Barclay is the #1 internationally bestselling author of seventeen novels for adults, including No Time for Goodbye, Trust Your Eyes and, most recently, A Noise Downstairs. He has also written two novels for children and screenplays.
Three of those seventeen novels comprise the epic Promise Falls trilogy: Broken Promise, Far From True, and The Twenty-Three. His two novels for children – Chas

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