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Broken Promise

(Promise Falls Trilogy Book 1)

By Linwood Barclay

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A pulse-pounding, exhilarating thriller from the acclaimed No. 1 bestseller, Linwood Barclay

BOOK 1 OF 3

Welcome to Promise Falls. The small town with a big secret.

David Harwood is asked to check up on his cousin Marla, who's not been herself since losing her baby nearly a year ago. But when he gets there, he finds blood on the door.

Inside, Marla happily looks after a baby that isn't hers. She claims it was delivered 'by an angel', but David fears the worst.

His suspicions come true when a woman's dead body is found - with her own baby missing - making Marla the only suspect in the investigation.

But David knows no matter how troubled she is: Marla isn't a murderer. Is someone lurking in the shadows? And how far will David go to protect his family?

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Praise for Linwood Barclay

'Nothing is more satisfying than tucking into a new Linwood Barclay novel' Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door

'A suspense master' Stephen King

'One of the best thriller writers in the world' Mark Billingham

'Seamless, breathless and relentlessly paced' Mirror

Biographical Notes

Linwood Barclay is the international bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels, including NO SAFE HOUSE, A TAP ON THE WINDOW, TRUST YOUR EYES and the Richard & Judy 2008 Summer Read winner and number one bestseller, NO TIME FOR GOODBYE. He lives near Toronto with his wife.

www.linwoodbarclay.com.

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  • Publication date: 10 Sep 2015
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Broken Promise is a treat, full of ingenuity and flair and, what's more, it's a book that does not accentuate its effects, but assumes that the reader will be paying the closest attention. — THE INDEPENDENT
If you like your crime more twisty than a bowl of fusilli pasta, then you will love Linwood Barclay and this tale of a small town newspaper reporter investigating a gruesome murder and a missing baby. — RED ONLINE
a relentless white-knuckle ride of a thriller, set in the fictional small American town of Promise Falls... There is real storytelling craft on display here, and if ever a book deserved the description 'page turner' it's this one. — BIG ISSUE
Fast and smartly plotted. — SUNDAY MIRROR
Like a less surreal Twin Peaks, this is a compellingly grotesque portrait of the American dream in meltdown. — SUNDAY EXPRESS
Like a less surreal Twin Peaks, this is a compellingly grotesque portrait of the American dream in meltdown. And don't expect all the answers in this first volume - Barclay is keeping plenty of secrets back for parts two and three. — MAIL ON SUNDAY
Broken Promise smoothly combines a page-turning Harlan Coben pace with a Jeffery Deaver-esque twist. There's even a hint of classic Stephen King in the presentation of an American small town with disturbing secrets. Barclay's evocation of middle-class America and the frustrations of a man forced to return to his roots form the heart of this cleverly constructed mystery that amply demonstrates why Barclay is one of the biggest-selling US writers of crime fiction. The first chapter may read simply "I hate this town", but readers will be seduced by the dark heart of Promise Falls. — SUNDAY HERALD
compulsive — BUZZ MAGAZINE
Barclay's greatest strength is weaving menace into everyday situations and he delivers this in spades in Broken Promise. — DAILY EXPRESS
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