‘The Promise’ by Emily Shiner

The Promise: A gripping psychological thriller with a jaw-dropping twist by [Emily Shiner]


If you break the promise, you pay the price.

Scott will do anything to protect his wife, Erin. That’s why he secretly installs a tracking app on her phone and watches her through hidden cameras in their home.

When he learns there’s a chance one of Erin’s kidneys will fail, he vows to shield her from the truth and find a donor for her at any cost.

That’s how he meets Kathleen. She is the answer to his dreams, a perfect match for Erin. There’s only one problem – Kathleen has no intention of becoming a donor. That doesn’t bother Scott – he is confident he can manipulate her into giving him what he wants.

But Kathleen isn’t as innocent as she looks, she has her own agenda. And she doesn’t care who she hurts as long as she gets what she needs.

As lives hang in the balance, Erin and Kathleen are bound together by a terrible promise. But when that promise is broken, who will pay the ultimate price?

My Review

I am a huge fan of psychological thrillers and especially those psychological thrillers that have a twist to them.  I read the synopsis of ‘The Promise’ and it certainly sounded like the sort of story that I would enjoy.  Well I was spot on too because I really enjoyed reading ‘The Promise’ but more about that in a bit.

It took me a little while to get into ‘The Promise’, which has a lot to do with the fact that I was tired when I started to read and finding it hard to concentrate.  I did get into the story and then that was it- the rest as they say is history.  I can’t say that I took to the characters as such but at the same time I cared about what happened to the two leading ladies.  The male lead character was a different matter altogether as I got the impression that he wasn’t exactly who he claimed to be.  I had my own theories as to what was going to happen and I had to keep reading to see if I was on the right track or whether or not I had wandered down another path entirely.  The more of the story I read, the more I wanted to read and the quicker the pages seemed to turn.  I soon got to the end of ‘The Promise’.  I found ‘The Promise’ to be a tense, gripping and dramatic read, which kept me guessing and which kept me on the edge of my seat.

‘The Promise’ is well written.  Emily has one of those writing styles that is easy to get used to and easy to get along with.  She certainly knows how to grab the reader’s attention and draw them into what proves to be a compelling read.  The story hits the ground running and maintains a steady pace throughout.  The story is told from the points of view of the three lead characters with each chapter voiced by one of the three characters.  The chapters interlink well and the story flows seamlessly as a result.  Reading ‘The Promise’ felt like being on a scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with several twists and turns along the way.  I love the way in which Emily makes the reader feels as they are part of the story themselves and at the heart of the action.

In short, I really enjoyed reading ‘The Promise’ and I would recommend it to other readers.  I will definitely be reading more of Emily’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 4* out of 5*.

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