The Promise
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?

The Promise Details

TitleThe Promise
Author
ReleaseFeb 7th, 2019
PublisherThomas & Mercer
Rating
GenreThriller, Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

The Promise Review

  • Louise Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    Three schoolgirls make a promise - to take the horrible truth of what they did to the grave. For thirty years Sally and Beth have tried to put the trauma behind them, even though Carol, the third girl, has distanced herself from her former friends. Something had happened at the boarding school that was run by nuns. Now the former boarding school has been scheduled for demolition. The news has the girls scared and nervous.Sally and Beth hire Matthew, a Private Detective, to try and find Carol. Wi Three schoolgirls make a promise - to take the horrible truth of what they did to the grave. For thirty years Sally and Beth have tried to put the trauma behind them, even though Carol, the third girl, has distanced herself from her former friends. Something had happened at the boarding school that was run by nuns. Now the former boarding school has been scheduled for demolition. The news has the girls scared and nervous.Sally and Beth hire Matthew, a Private Detective, to try and find Carol. Will their secret be revealed? The story is a bit of a slow burner, but curiosity makes you read on to find out just what the secret is that the three girls are keeping. The chapters alternate between the past and present and narrated between the characters. Parts of the search for Carol seemed to drag out a bit. The pace quickens up at around 70%, but from then on it all just seemed a bit rushed. I did guess what the secret was, and I found it to be a little disappointing. All in, this is still a decent read.I would like to thank NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer and the author Teresa Driscoll for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Selena
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free e-copy of The Promise by Teresa Driscoll from NetGalley for my honest review.Three friends, Beth, Sally, and Carol met at a Catholic boarding school. They formed a special bond. Their bond, however is set by a deep and dark secret that has haunted them throughout their lives. A secret they all swore to take to their graves. Many years later, the girls get news that their former school is going to be demolished. Now they are in fear that their secret, long ago, will be discovere I received a free e-copy of The Promise by Teresa Driscoll from NetGalley for my honest review.Three friends, Beth, Sally, and Carol met at a Catholic boarding school. They formed a special bond. Their bond, however is set by a deep and dark secret that has haunted them throughout their lives. A secret they all swore to take to their graves. Many years later, the girls get news that their former school is going to be demolished. Now they are in fear that their secret, long ago, will be discovered. Also, someone is watching them, but who? Is there someone out there that knows what they did? The story is beautifully written and the characters are wonderful but the story moved along a bit slowly for me. It is told by four different points of view (Beth, Sally, Carol and Matthew).
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  • Jayme
    January 1, 1970
    “The candles. The Promise. The bluebells....” Something happened at the boarding school run by nuns. And, now that the school is scheduled to be demolished, a secret may be revealed. It’s the secret that three fourteen year old girls vowed that they would take to their graves. It’s the secret that ended up severing the tight bond that Beth, Sally and Carol once shared when they were students at the school, thirty years ago. Beth and Sally are still close. But they have been estranged from Carol “The candles. The Promise. The bluebells....” Something happened at the boarding school run by nuns. And, now that the school is scheduled to be demolished, a secret may be revealed. It’s the secret that three fourteen year old girls vowed that they would take to their graves. It’s the secret that ended up severing the tight bond that Beth, Sally and Carol once shared when they were students at the school, thirty years ago. Beth and Sally are still close. But they have been estranged from Carol for several years. They need to find her before the school is torn down. So they hire PI Matthew Hill to help locate their former friend. Told mainly through Beth’s perspective (past and present tense) the book takes awhile to set up. Once the plot is established, the present day perspectives of Matthew and Carol, are interspersed as well. Perhaps because it took awhile to establish the story, I was not immediately engaged in this book, as I was in the author’s previous two efforts, “I Am Watching You” and “The Friend” . I also was not as surprised by the reveals, so it was my least favorite of her three books. However, I still enjoy her writing style, and the characters she creates, and I never found myself wanting to skim, so, I would still recommend this for readers who have appreciated her earlier novels.3.5 stars rounded up! I would like to thank Netgalley, Thomas and Mercer, and Teresa Driscoll (who attended boarding school!) for the ARC I received in exchange for a candid review! Available Feb. 7, 2019!
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    The Promise by Teresa Driscoll is a slow building tale of three friends who find out that the boarding school where they met when they were children is about to be closed and demolished. This puts them all into a panic because of a terrible incident that they have all kept hidden for many years and promised never to reveal.I would like to thank NetGalley and Amazon Publishing for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jayme
    January 1, 1970
    The candles. The Promise. The bluebells....” Something happened at the boarding school run by nuns. And, now that the school is scheduled to be demolished, a secret may be revealed. It’s the secret that three fourteen year old girls vowed that they would take to their graves. It’s the secret that ended up severing the tight bond that Beth, Sally and Carol once shared when they were students at the school, thirty years ago. Beth and Sally are still close. But they have been estranged from Carol f The candles. The Promise. The bluebells....” Something happened at the boarding school run by nuns. And, now that the school is scheduled to be demolished, a secret may be revealed. It’s the secret that three fourteen year old girls vowed that they would take to their graves. It’s the secret that ended up severing the tight bond that Beth, Sally and Carol once shared when they were students at the school, thirty years ago. Beth and Sally are still close. But they have been estranged from Carol for several years. They need to find her before the school is torn down. So they hire PI Matthew Hill to help locate their former friend. Told mainly through Beth’s perspective (past and present tense) the book takes awhile to set up. Once the plot is established, the present day perspectives of Matthew and Carol, are interspersed as well. Perhaps because it took awhile to establish the story, I was not immediately engaged in this book, as I was in the author’s previous two efforts, “I Am Watching You” and “The Friend” . I also was not as surprised by the reveals, so it was my least favorite of her three books. However, I still enjoy her writing style, and the characters she creates, and I never found myself wanting to skim, so, I would still recommend this for readers who have appreciated her earlier novels.3.5 stars rounded up! I would like to thank Netgalley, Thomas and Mercer, and Teresa Driscoll (who attended boarding school!) for the ARC I received in exchange for a candid review! Available Feb. 7, 2019!
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    The Promise by Teresa Driscoll was a quick read for me. The story was a bit slow to begin with and I found the ending to be quite rushed. So much happened and quickly in the last 30% or so. It was a good story that has you wanting to know what has happened and who knows.3 school friends - Carol, Beth and Sally did something horrible at boarding school. Something that they will never speak about again - the secret they promise to take to their graves. But the news that their former school is bein The Promise by Teresa Driscoll was a quick read for me. The story was a bit slow to begin with and I found the ending to be quite rushed. So much happened and quickly in the last 30% or so. It was a good story that has you wanting to know what has happened and who knows.3 school friends - Carol, Beth and Sally did something horrible at boarding school. Something that they will never speak about again - the secret they promise to take to their graves. But the news that their former school is being demolished has them nervous and scared that their secret will be revealed. They are being watched and targeted - but who else knows about their past?Thanks to Thomas and Mercer and Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased.
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  • Adele Shea
    January 1, 1970
    Teresa Driscoll has done it again with another brilliant book.Boarding school brings together three girls and from the first day they strike up a bond that is unbreakable. Or is it?Beth, Sally and Carol are not only close during term time, they spend holidays together too. That is until they turn 14 and their lives are turned upside down. Things are never the same again but they must never speak about what happened all those years ago.How long can they keep The Promise?
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  • Amy-GallivantingPages
    January 1, 1970
    **2-2.5 Stars **Expected Publication: February 7th, 2019Unpopular opinion alert...I'm SORRY!! I wanted to like this so much, but it was such a slow burn that by the time something actually happened, my mind was made up that I just didn't really care. Three girls from boarding school make a "promise" to never discuss something tragic and throughout 60-70% of this book it just keeps referencing it without any details. Then the last 30% of this read, things get cray cray which did redeem it. I did **2-2.5 Stars **Expected Publication: February 7th, 2019Unpopular opinion alert...I'm SORRY!! I wanted to like this so much, but it was such a slow burn that by the time something actually happened, my mind was made up that I just didn't really care. Three girls from boarding school make a "promise" to never discuss something tragic and throughout 60-70% of this book it just keeps referencing it without any details. Then the last 30% of this read, things get cray cray which did redeem it. I did love the way things came together, it was dark and twisted but it just came too late for me. I can see how a lot of people are giving this rave reviews. I would say know going in that it will be slow and if you can stay interested, I think the ending will be worth it. Special thanks to NetGalley, Teresa Driscoll, and Thomas & Mercer for allowing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review..
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  • ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    January 1, 1970
    There are seconds between one whole path in your life and a different one. A split-second choice. Do it. Or don’t. This was a carefully crafted, exquisite gem of a book. Of course I was expecting a twist, you read enough of this type of thriller and you KNOW one is coming, but I liked how the revelations came out and found the book to have a satisfying conclusion. The tension is built up in a way that you needed to keep reading. The writing is excellent and I got attached to the characters imme There are seconds between one whole path in your life and a different one. A split-second choice. Do it. Or don’t. This was a carefully crafted, exquisite gem of a book. Of course I was expecting a twist, you read enough of this type of thriller and you KNOW one is coming, but I liked how the revelations came out and found the book to have a satisfying conclusion. The tension is built up in a way that you needed to keep reading. The writing is excellent and I got attached to the characters immediately and they had very clearly defined personalities which made them easy to like or hate. The fact that Carol is somewhat MIA added an air of suspense to the novel because I never knew what she was thinking or what she might do next. She was unpredictable which was both exciting and nerve-wracking.Bottom Line: The book is well writen with a cast of characters and a story line that is contemporary and believable. It is a very emotional book and one that I didn't want to put down.Thank you NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer and Teresa Driscoll for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.#ThePromise #NetGalleyAll my reviews can be read here: https://shelleyann01.blogspot.com
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  • Melissa In The City 🥂
    January 1, 1970
    ALL THE STARS! This was everything I need, want and love in a book. Deception, lies, a mysterious death, promises...I’ve said in many of my reviews, I LOVE a book that has grown characters that suddenly face broken promises that they had as kids. Hiding lies and something very bad from childhood. It.Never.Ends.Well.This book was beautifully written and full of thrill! I love how we were made to think one thing....then boom! Twist! So many twists! I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! The settin ALL THE STARS! This was everything I need, want and love in a book. Deception, lies, a mysterious death, promises...I’ve said in many of my reviews, I LOVE a book that has grown characters that suddenly face broken promises that they had as kids. Hiding lies and something very bad from childhood. It.Never.Ends.Well.This book was beautifully written and full of thrill! I love how we were made to think one thing....then boom! Twist! So many twists! I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! The settings, the descriptions, the characters, the twists! I loved this book!Thank you to #NetGalley, the publisher and the author for my ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    I keep hearing great things about author Teresa Driscoll so I was excited to read her newest psychological suspense thriller The Promise as an advanced reading copy from NetGalley. I am a sucker for books about friends with a secret from their school days. This idea has been done a lot but she has a bit of a fresh take on it with the secret these Catholics boarding school girls have kept for many years. Now, their school is about to be torn down and developed so their secret may be revealed. The I keep hearing great things about author Teresa Driscoll so I was excited to read her newest psychological suspense thriller The Promise as an advanced reading copy from NetGalley. I am a sucker for books about friends with a secret from their school days. This idea has been done a lot but she has a bit of a fresh take on it with the secret these Catholics boarding school girls have kept for many years. Now, their school is about to be torn down and developed so their secret may be revealed. The book is told from alternating viewpoints and takes awhile to build up to the action. I was so focused on the main secret that I missed other secrets along the way. The books come together well at the end. 3.5 rounded to 4 stars.
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  • michelle
    January 1, 1970
    The Promise by Teresa Driscoll is about three friends Carol, Beth and Sally. When at boarding school, something terrible happened between them and they promised each other never to talk about it again. Present day, all three girls have gone their separate ways until they hear, that their old boarding school is being re-developed and there is a party, to honour the school and the girls who attended it. But they are all panicking as the secret from their past, will come out. Also, someone is watch The Promise by Teresa Driscoll is about three friends Carol, Beth and Sally. When at boarding school, something terrible happened between them and they promised each other never to talk about it again. Present day, all three girls have gone their separate ways until they hear, that their old boarding school is being re-developed and there is a party, to honour the school and the girls who attended it. But they are all panicking as the secret from their past, will come out. Also, someone is watching them and warning them to leave things alone. This is my first book by Teresa Driscoll, that I have read and I have heard great things about her books. I am also an avid Psychological thriller fan. I thought that, although I like the premise of this story it started rather slow. But as we learnt more about each individual t starts getting more interesting and I wanted to carry on reading. I will now look out for more of her books.Thank you NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for a copy of this book.
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  • Clare
    January 1, 1970
    With thanks to Netgalley and Thomas and Mercer for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.The Promise is about three school friends Beth, Sally and Carol. At the age of 14 tragedy struck one of the girls during the Easter holidays. Scared to tell their parents the three girls make a promise not to tell.In the present day Beth and Sally receive a letter to say their catholic boarding school is due to close. Beth and Sally have tried to forget the tragedy and are reluctant to go. Carol With thanks to Netgalley and Thomas and Mercer for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.The Promise is about three school friends Beth, Sally and Carol. At the age of 14 tragedy struck one of the girls during the Easter holidays. Scared to tell their parents the three girls make a promise not to tell.In the present day Beth and Sally receive a letter to say their catholic boarding school is due to close. Beth and Sally have tried to forget the tragedy and are reluctant to go. Carol left the convent when she was 16 and now lives in France. Carol distanced herself as an adult and not seen her friends for years. Unsure whether to go Beth decided to hire ex policeman Matthew Hill to find her.I agree with other readers that The Promise is a slow burner but that didn't put me off. The story really got going for me at the 60% mark, but after that there were so many twists and turns I was left reeling. I kicked myself for not guessing the girls secret, it was heart breaking but sensitively done. The chapters were divided between Before and Now 2016, ,the story is told from the POV of Beth, Matthew and Carole.I liked the characters in this book especially Sally, Matthew and Carol`s young next door neighbour.I highly recommend this five .star 🌟 read.
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  • Sandra Leivesley
    January 1, 1970
    Three friends, Beth, Sally and Carol meet at boarding school but while they are there something terrible happens and they make a promise never to tell anyone what happened. But the boarding school is about to be demolished and Beth and Sally have lost touch with Carol, and feel they must find her in case their secret is discovered. So they hire Matthew, an ex-cop private detective.The story, past and present, is told mainly from Beth's perspective, interspersed with that of Matthew and Carol, an Three friends, Beth, Sally and Carol meet at boarding school but while they are there something terrible happens and they make a promise never to tell anyone what happened. But the boarding school is about to be demolished and Beth and Sally have lost touch with Carol, and feel they must find her in case their secret is discovered. So they hire Matthew, an ex-cop private detective.The story, past and present, is told mainly from Beth's perspective, interspersed with that of Matthew and Carol, and there is a long, slow build up before we finally find out what the secret is. From that point things start to move pretty fast and there were a couple of big reveals that I didn’t see coming.I enjoyed Ms Driscoll’s writing style and her descriptions of life at boarding school. It came as no surprise to read in the authors notes at the end that she did actually go to boarding school herself. The back story of Matthew was also very interesting.This was my first book by Teresa Driscoll and I will now be looking up her back catalogue.Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Keirstin Smith (CloudOfThoughts)
    January 1, 1970
    The Promise by author Teresa Driscoll is an intense, fast paced thriller. Full of twists and turns, it is the story of three friends who vowed to take their darkest secret to the grave with them. As you can imagine, that secret is threatened to surface. Characters were developed well and the plot structure was good. A great book!Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of The Promise in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Caroline Mitchell
    January 1, 1970
    "Every spring when I watch the petals lost to the wind, I think of the fragility of our dreams."The Promise by Teresa Driscoll centres around three friends, a promise made decades before, and their relationships, past and present. The author's writing is very distinctive and she writes in such a lovely style as she brings her characters to life. You get to know them so well, they are living, breathing people you root for from very early on. "How cruel would it be? To dust a person with the magic "Every spring when I watch the petals lost to the wind, I think of the fragility of our dreams."The Promise by Teresa Driscoll centres around three friends, a promise made decades before, and their relationships, past and present. The author's writing is very distinctive and she writes in such a lovely style as she brings her characters to life. You get to know them so well, they are living, breathing people you root for from very early on. "How cruel would it be? To dust a person with the magic of the mountains then snatch the dream away."So many times I paused at a piece of text, admiring the prose. The story was so engaging, I couldn't help but keep turning the pages to discover more about this trio. It came as no surprise to learn the author spent time in a boarding school as the authenticity of the writing seeped from every page. The twists and revelations during the last quarter of the book blindsided me. The ending was truly satisfying and left me with a warm glow. Another winner from Teresa Driscoll. Five stars from me.
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  • Siân Plummer (plumreads__s)
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley and Thomas and Mercer for this ARC, in exchange for an honest review!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 thei Thanks to Netgalley and Thomas and Mercer for this ARC, in exchange for an honest review!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.This book starts off fairly slow, but I went in pretty blind in the hope for surprises. Curious to find out what the secret was… I was keen to keep reading. However, I did feel a bit disappointed. Although I liked the characters and the writing of this book.. I found that even going in blind I guessed every single twist way in advance of it being revealed. I was hoping to be pleasantly surprised by some unknown, or maybe a shocking twist at the end, however, I wasn't. Who knows, maybe I have read/seen too many thrillers these days to be surprised.. But maybe I am being unfair, I guess the overall promise was a slight surprise… but then I found that part to be delivered a bit flatly.Either way I did enjoy the book, and I give this one 3 stars!
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  • peggy
    January 1, 1970
    Three school girls have a secret that is so bad they have sworn never to tell. Thirty years later they are still dealing with the trauma of what happened. Little do they know that someone is watching them very closely but WHY?This book was a slow burner and I nearly gave up on it. It was really hard to get into.The premise of this book has been done to death and I am sorry to say that this is not a good version. The ending was disappointing and very abrupt. Not a book for me.I would like the aut Three school girls have a secret that is so bad they have sworn never to tell. Thirty years later they are still dealing with the trauma of what happened. Little do they know that someone is watching them very closely but WHY?This book was a slow burner and I nearly gave up on it. It was really hard to get into.The premise of this book has been done to death and I am sorry to say that this is not a good version. The ending was disappointing and very abrupt. Not a book for me.I would like the author, Thomas and Mercer and Netgalley for the advanced copy in return for giving an honest review.
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  • Shannon Dyer
    January 1, 1970
    Very satisfying! Review to come at AAR.
  • Jo
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed this dark and brooding psychological thriller. The premise of a dark hidden secret and a promise to keep that secret between three schoolgirls instantly grabbed my attention. I needed to find out what had happened and how this  secret and the promise they made had impacted all of their lives.The writing simmered with unease as I followed Beth's story. Now a married mum, it was evident on the page that her past and the shared secret still had an impact on her life today.Throu I thoroughly enjoyed this dark and brooding psychological thriller. The premise of a dark hidden secret and a promise to keep that secret between three schoolgirls instantly grabbed my attention. I needed to find out what had happened and how this  secret and the promise they made had impacted all of their lives.The writing simmered with unease as I followed Beth's story. Now a married mum, it was evident on the page that her past and the shared secret still had an impact on her life today.Throughout the story we catch glimpses of what happened in the past between Beth, Sally and Carol. But it's not until the very end that the truth is revealed and it did shock me. It is this secret that binds the story together and which made me race through the pages in my need to discover the truth.I loved Beth. She's a likeable character and was very real to me. I found her relationship with Sally fascinating, learning how the two girls had bonded over this shared secret and whose relationship continued to grow through into adulthood. Beth's struggle to keep the secret at all costs, and to reconnect with Carol were completely understandable.We then have the additional storyline involving Matthew, the private investigator,  who helps Beth and Sally in their search for Carol, knowing that there is far more to the story. I loved the interaction between these three characters and the fact that Matthew had his own secret.The Promise is an unsettling and entertaining read. Packed with tension, dark secrets and a truth that will shock. The author tackles a sensitive subject with empathy and understanding.If you love psychological thrillers with characters that you deeply care for and a griping plot, then you'll enjoy this book.With thanks to the publisher for the Advanced Reader Copy  for review purposes.
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  • Michael David
    January 1, 1970
    THE PROMISE is a suspenseful tale that builds slowly and keeps the reader curious thanks to Teresa Driscoll's imaginative writing. Beth and Sally are best friends from childhood who are looking for the third of their former friendship circle, Carol, when they each get a note alluding to a secret from childhood. Back when they were younger, the three attended a boarding school together and made a pact to conceal a ghastly secret...only now, it looks like someone knows the secret and may use it to THE PROMISE is a suspenseful tale that builds slowly and keeps the reader curious thanks to Teresa Driscoll's imaginative writing. Beth and Sally are best friends from childhood who are looking for the third of their former friendship circle, Carol, when they each get a note alluding to a secret from childhood. Back when they were younger, the three attended a boarding school together and made a pact to conceal a ghastly secret...only now, it looks like someone knows the secret and may use it to destroy their lives. This book was hard to put down as I was eager to understand what the secret was, and how it would possibly destroy the lives of Beth, Sally, and Carol. The chapters go back and forth to the past and present, and between characters. We also get a perspective from Matthew, a former police officer who is now a private investigator helping Beth and Sally hunt down the elusive Carol. I read some reviews that stated the "secret" doesn't live up to the hype...but I found it was still a good enough reason to cause fear in the characters and it didn't lose my interest once I found out what it was. The twists don't stop at that point. I'm a huge fan of Teresa Driscoll, and of THE PROMISE, and I can't wait until the next book she puts out. Thank you to Teresa Driscoll, Thomas & Mercer Publishers, and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Vikki Patis
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoy Teresa Driscoll, having discovered her with I Am Watching You, and I very much enjoyed The Promise too. The promise Sally, Caroline, and Beth made when they were together at boarding school was different to what I was expecting, and Driscoll cleverly through in some red herrings that twisted the story even further. I was also happy to see a recurring character turn up. Beneath the pacy, exciting thriller that I enjoyed, there are several key themes that stood out to me. How easy it can b I enjoy Teresa Driscoll, having discovered her with I Am Watching You, and I very much enjoyed The Promise too. The promise Sally, Caroline, and Beth made when they were together at boarding school was different to what I was expecting, and Driscoll cleverly through in some red herrings that twisted the story even further. I was also happy to see a recurring character turn up. Beneath the pacy, exciting thriller that I enjoyed, there are several key themes that stood out to me. How easy it can be for someone to manipulate you, and just how much someone can change when living with an abuser, how they can appear to push you away. Another is (and this may be my own beliefs interpreting what Driscoll has written) how dangerous blind faith can be, especially when it comes to religion (and women's rights). How terrible it can be, to be weighed down by a secret for so many years. The characters in this book were fully fleshed out, unique, and engaging, exactly what I've come to expect from Driscoll. Really enjoyed this one, highly recommend.
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  • Jacqueline Murphy
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy writings by Teresa Driscoll, she really has a way of drawing you in, another fantastic psychological thriller which plays on friendship, loyalty, secrets, love etc.Three young girls meet at boarding school and soon form a bond that will be unbroken right throughout their adult lives, the story is told from 4 perspectives, Beth, Sally and Carol from both present day and their time in the boarding school and the fourth from Matt, the PI, Sally & Beth hire to try to locate Carol. I really enjoy writings by Teresa Driscoll, she really has a way of drawing you in, another fantastic psychological thriller which plays on friendship, loyalty, secrets, love etc.Three young girls meet at boarding school and soon form a bond that will be unbroken right throughout their adult lives, the story is told from 4 perspectives, Beth, Sally and Carol from both present day and their time in the boarding school and the fourth from Matt, the PI, Sally & Beth hire to try to locate Carol.Something happened during fifth term, the girls were only 14 but that day changed their lives forever, from that day forth they made a promise to keep a secret and never to tell anyone outside of their trio. When the boarding school goes up for sale, Beth and Sally are keen to track down Carol who has withdrawn herself, there is something about the boarding school that must be dealt with before the sale, what could it be? Someone is sending threatening messages through Facebook telling them to keep away, who wants to keep them from digging in the past and what lengths will they go to to protect the secret?A slow build up to an explosive ending plenty of twists and turns, I thoroughly enjoyed it, I loved when it all came together, I can honestly say I didn’t know what it was, I guessed the secret well kind of but not the rest…. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.Many thanks to Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    Can three schoolgirls keep a promise from their younger years to never tell the truth?Seems unlikely but 30 yrs later Beth and Saley are trying to move forward and keep everything under wraps.Beth hires PI Matthew to help them reconnect with Carol . All that's certain is that the secret must never get out.Ok, but what secret is worth taking it to the grave?Glad you asked -- well how about one that involves an innocent child that deserved so much more than what she sadly received.I can't tell you Can three schoolgirls keep a promise from their younger years to never tell the truth?Seems unlikely but 30 yrs later Beth and Saley are trying to move forward and keep everything under wraps.Beth hires PI Matthew to help them reconnect with Carol . All that's certain is that the secret must never get out.Ok, but what secret is worth taking it to the grave?Glad you asked -- well how about one that involves an innocent child that deserved so much more than what she sadly received.I can't tell you much more than that but I can tell you this had me on the edge of my seat especially when the little boy became involved near the end.This to me was one of the best thrillers I've read to date.Amazing work from Teresa.Thank you to Teresa, the publisher, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.
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  • Melissa In The City 🥂
    January 1, 1970
    ALL THE STARS! This was everything I need, want and love in a book. Deception, lies, a mysterious death, promises...I’ve said in many of my reviews, I LOVE a book that has grown characters that suddenly face broken promises that they had as kids. Hiding lies and something very bad from childhood. It.Never.Ends.Well.This book was beautifully written and full of thrill! I love how we were made to think one thing....then boom! Twist! So many twists! I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! The settin ALL THE STARS! This was everything I need, want and love in a book. Deception, lies, a mysterious death, promises...I’ve said in many of my reviews, I LOVE a book that has grown characters that suddenly face broken promises that they had as kids. Hiding lies and something very bad from childhood. It.Never.Ends.Well.This book was beautifully written and full of thrill! I love how we were made to think one thing....then boom! Twist! So many twists! I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! The settings, the descriptions, the characters, the twists! I loved this book!Thank you to #NetGalley, the publisher and the author for my ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • gem
    January 1, 1970
    I love stories which blend the present with flashbacks and this one does so through Beth's narration as we learn just what it is about her old school being knocked down has her seriously scared...Alongside her narration are three other points of view, but it was Beth's I enjoyed reading most.The story itself is good and the last quarter of the book really amps up the action. I had guessed what the reveal(s) would be but that didn't stop me from really enjoying it and wanting to read the authors I love stories which blend the present with flashbacks and this one does so through Beth's narration as we learn just what it is about her old school being knocked down has her seriously scared...Alongside her narration are three other points of view, but it was Beth's I enjoyed reading most.The story itself is good and the last quarter of the book really amps up the action. I had guessed what the reveal(s) would be but that didn't stop me from really enjoying it and wanting to read the authors previous books.
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  • Colleen
    January 1, 1970
    *2.5 stars*I was excited to read this book after really enjoying Driscoll's I Am Watching You. Unfortunately, I didn't find this one to be nearly as good. The Promise was certainly a decent thriller with a few surprises threw in. In fact, I was impressed that I was actually shocked a couple of times, which to me signals a successful mystery/thriller. However, I just didn't connect with the characters as much as I had hoped. Beth and Sally, the main characters and best friends, didn't really spea *2.5 stars*I was excited to read this book after really enjoying Driscoll's I Am Watching You. Unfortunately, I didn't find this one to be nearly as good. The Promise was certainly a decent thriller with a few surprises threw in. In fact, I was impressed that I was actually shocked a couple of times, which to me signals a successful mystery/thriller. However, I just didn't connect with the characters as much as I had hoped. Beth and Sally, the main characters and best friends, didn't really speak to me, so I found it hard to become too emotionally invested. However, this was a quick and fast-paced read. I would recommend if you're looking for a psychological thriller.
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  • Helena C
    January 1, 1970
    I loved I am Watching You so was delighted to receive an advance copy of The Promise. The story is mainly told from Beth's perspective and goes back in time to when Beth and two of her friends were in boarding school. Something happened which was a secret and they made an agreement never to disclose it until they got a note about it.. They now need to track down Carol, the third friend. This is certainly a page turner. Teresa Driscoll's writing style is excellent with twists and turns to keep yo I loved I am Watching You so was delighted to receive an advance copy of The Promise. The story is mainly told from Beth's perspective and goes back in time to when Beth and two of her friends were in boarding school. Something happened which was a secret and they made an agreement never to disclose it until they got a note about it.. They now need to track down Carol, the third friend. This is certainly a page turner. Teresa Driscoll's writing style is excellent with twists and turns to keep you guessing til the end.Thank you to Teresa Driscoll, Thomas & Mercer Publishers, and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Four stars!
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! What a thriller of a story! This book grabbed my attention at the beginning and I had a hard time putting it down. At times it did remind me of another book I had read and I thought I had it figured out. The ending did kinda surprise me! Thanks to Netgalley for the free ARC for my honest review.
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  • Heather Bennett
    January 1, 1970
    The Promise has many twists and turns. It had a few slow spots, but the end was worth it. The characters were well developed and Teresa Driscoll is a good writer. I would read another book from her again anytime.
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