The Promise by Teresa Driscoll

Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read this advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Promise by Teresa Driscoll
309 pgs
3 Stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:
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?

I found this book, overall, a bit boring. I felt “the promise” and “the secret” kept being referred to, but I didn’t feel that building of suspense, it was just becoming annoying. When the secret was finally revealed, it felt anticlimactic. The premise of the book is built around this particular secret and as you follow the story, I didn’t feel it was all tied together well. I didn’t understand why certain events happened or what they had to do with the secret.
Towards the end I felt the story got a bit more interesting and there was a revelation that supported the “psychological thriller” aspect, but once again, I didn’t feel it tied in well with the rest of the story.

I gave this book 3 stars because I didn’t hate it, but I felt it was lacking. I would try reading another book by this author in the future.

Thanks for reading!
-V

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