The Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay.
(Promise Falls: #1)
2015, 484 Pages
Genre: mystery, suspense
Let me first preface this review with the disclaimer that "I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review"; and also, that this book is actually the first in a new series by Barclay (a novella in this series will be out in the new year, Final Assignment). Barclay has written another series called Zack Walker, which was his debut book - Bad Move. He has also written a novella that he later extended into a full-length novel and two books that also connected - No Time For Goodbye and No Safe Houses. I have read 5 novels and one novella by Barclay and am a fan of his suspense thrillers.
James M, Cain novels) but with more suspense chills. I would put him in the same category as my go to suspense/thriller/mystery master, Harlan Coben as they have a similar writing style.
HOWEVER, I am trusting Mr. Barclay with my time and patience and will be continuing the series. I have already invested a lot in book one to just abandon ship, and am honestly curious enough to want to know where this is all going. After reading reviews for Bad Move this just might be his way of starting series - looooooong descriptions with too much going on but not fast enough. I am taking one for the team- rest of the team being you all- and will keep you posted with this series. I am hoping that book 2 will have a higher rating than this one.
In the meantime I recommend his standalone novels: