Broken Promise


Linwood Barclay
New American Library
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9780451472670, $25.95,

David Harwood’s life has had enough tragedy to last a lifetime. After the death of his wife and his professional life a disaster he decides to move his son and himself back to Promise Falls where he grew up to begin a new life. Shortly after he comes home he learns that his cousin Marla had a miscarriage that she has never recovered from. When he goes to check on his cousin because his mother asked him to, he finds Marla is taking care of a child and her story of how and why is too bizarre to believe. Marla claims that an angel knocked on her door and presented her with the child saying he is yours to take care of. So begins “Broken Promise” another great thriller from Linwood Barclay. Readers will enjoy the many twists and turns of the plot of “Broken Promise” until its final revealing ending for the Harwood crisis. The novel is also left open for a sequel to tie up some of the loose ends of other scenarios he introduced here but does not conclude. “Broken Promise” shows why Barclay is one of the masters of the genre of suspense novels.