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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 Stars -- Don't Miss This Book!
In just his second novel, Howard Roughan is fast estabishing himself as one of the better writers in the mystery/thriller genre. Roughan's writing style is easy and fun to read, his characters are well-developed, credible and (mostly)likable, and his plot is exciting, suspenseful and filled with surprises. The Promise Of A Lie will keep you glued to the pages to see what...
Published on June 12, 2004 by Bobbewig

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This book was so exciting in kind of a simple way, certainly not a difficult read, with nice twists. I was anxious to keep reading it each day, and then anxious to finish it, but then the end left me sort of disappointed. It was a fun ride, though.
Published on April 12, 2004


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 Stars -- Don't Miss This Book!, June 12, 2004
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This review is from: The Promise of a Lie (Hardcover)
In just his second novel, Howard Roughan is fast estabishing himself as one of the better writers in the mystery/thriller genre. Roughan's writing style is easy and fun to read, his characters are well-developed, credible and (mostly)likable, and his plot is exciting, suspenseful and filled with surprises. The Promise Of A Lie will keep you glued to the pages to see what happens next. I'd highly recommend this book to you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Believe the Lies, This Book is Sensational! I Promise!, January 2, 2006
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James N Simpson (Gold Coast, QLD Australia) - See all my reviews
Howard Roughan's The Promise of Lie is a sensational thriller that once it gets going you cannot put down until the end. It is a lot more unpredictable than his former novel The Up and Comer although this book does spend a bit long at the beginning of the novel setting up the scene for the plot and the main character David Remler. If it were any slower I probably would have stopped reading, but when Conrad is murdered the pace quickens to an exceptional pace for the remainder of the novel.

In the Promise of a Lie famous author and psychologist David Remler has a patient who no longer requires his services so a gap opens in his hectic schedule. A Sam Grant is on the waiting list so Dr Remler books him in only to discover he is a she. She is the husband of the wealthy Conrad Kent who has told her she will not get to see their child if she divorces him. He is quickly seduced by her beauty and after spending the night in his apartment the next morning rings him and tells him she has murdered Conrad and is about to kill herself. Remler races to her house where he finds Conrad dead in bed but no sign of Samantha. Two police officers however do find him there and it is not long before he discovers Samantha Kent had no son, claims she has never heard of him and doesn't look a thing like the Samantha Kent he was falling in love with, and of course did not murder her husband. With no evidence to support his story Remler is soon on trial for murder.

This is a great book. David Remler does do some stupid things that you would have imagined someone intelligent enough to become a psychologist would know not to, such as roll over a dead body. Also what would have happened if the slot never opened up for Samantha in his schedule or someone else had got it. Apart from this though, The Promise of Lie is a sensation thriller which I would highly recommend to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just when you think the storyline has ended...think again, May 3, 2005
This review is from: The Promise of a Lie (Hardcover)
I really liked the characters, the storyline, the way the writer spins the characters, and the way he makes you think the story has ended and then, boom, a new twist that makes you intrigued. I hated putting the book down to take care of other responsibilities. This is a fast read. Quite a quandry that the poor main character got himself into.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Appearances can be deceiving., January 10, 2005
This review is from: The Promise of a Lie (Hardcover)
In Howard Roughan's thriller, "The Promise of a Lie," psychologist David Remler is still mourning the death of his beloved wife, Rebecca, who was killed in a car accident three years earlier. David is a compassionate and dedicated professional who finds comfort in his work. One day, a beautiful patient who calls herself Samantha Kent comes to see Dr. Remler. Samantha sets in motion a complicated series of events that culminate in Remler's being charged with the murder of Conrad Birch, Kent's husband. The doctor frantically tries to convince the police that he has been framed, but his protestations fall on deaf ears.

Dr. Remler, the first person narrator, is an intelligent, witty, charming and sympathetic protagonist. The secondary characters are lively as well. Terry Garrett and Victor Glass are two top-notch defense attorneys who give David hope that he can escape the frame-up. Other notable characters are a crusty old judge named Lomax, a highly skilled and somewhat shady computer hacker, and an eccentric billionaire and philanthropist named Arnold Kesper. These people all play key roles in determining David's fate.

Roughan writes with panache and he manages to make an improbable plot seem plausible. "The Promise of a Lie" is fast-moving and suspenseful, and I enjoyed the entertaining mix of romance, courtroom theatrics, and surprising twists and turns. This book is a winner from a very talented author.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HE'S DONE IT AGAIN..., January 29, 2005
This review is from: The Promise of a Lie (Hardcover)
Roughan's a consistant writer...another knock out! I started the book late one evening and stayed up way too late that night. I finished it the next day.

It was an excellent read. I applaud the writer for being able to keep the reader on edge all of the way through the novel. I liked all the characters as well as his excellent storyline and development.

I believe that this is only his second book, but I predict that there will be a lot more before he's finished!

Read it........you'll be glad you did!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Human Pendulam Swings, February 28, 2005
Dr David Remler is a successful psychologist working in trendy Manhatten. He has good friends in law, and lives arguably a contented yuppie existemce. The only shadow on his life is his dearly departed wife, who he quietly mourns. His peaceful existence comes to an abrupt halt when one patient hears the siren call of Hollywood opening a spot in his schedule for the beautiful and mysterious Samantha Kent.

Soon after meeting Samantha (goes by Sam) and having a couple sessions with her, life begins to unravel as David is framed for her husband's murder. Thankfully his friend Parker is a lawyer yet even Parker and a dream team may not save David Remler.

This novel is so full of twists and turns it defies cliche. Roughan has a very likable first person narrator that as a reader I was rooting for no matter how bleak the situation. His supporting characters are also as another reviewer mentioned likable as well. The plot although explored in other novels is presented in a fresh fast moving style as opposed to what could have been a tired haven't I read this before fashion. My only half negative comment is the motivations behind the "villian" could have been a little more in depth. Otherwise while this is not literature it is a sharply written thriller that should be enjoyed when read as such. Roughan also cleverly played on the title of Roughan's book "The Human Pendulam", whose premise was even good people can do ineplicable acts of evil to make the plot swing back and forth very much a pundulam. Well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Second Novel, June 23, 2004
This review is from: The Promise of a Lie (Hardcover)
David Remler, Psychologist, also happens to be the bestselling author of The Human Pendulum which points out that even the mild-mannered have the power to do evil lurking inside of them. Just when David is contemplating dating again, new patient Samantha Kent turns up.
Sam, as she likes to be called, is a beautiful woman afraid that she is going to kill her husband. Sympathy and attraction combine to send Dr. Remler over the acceptable lines of doctor/patient relationship and he finds himself thrust headlong into disaster.
David runs into Sam at a fundraiser and accepts her offer to cook dinner at his place. He escorts her home by taxi, relieved that he has not given in to his attraction for her.
Two days later, at 2:30 a.m. Samantha calls Remler, saying she has killed her husband. Her voice sounds drugged, but she won't answer David's questions. He races to her house and finds the door open and her husband stabbed to death, but cannot find either Samantha or her son.
David frantically searches the house from top to bottom, desperate to stop more tragedy. David is also surprised to notice that the dead man's face is familiar to him, though he can't remember where.
The police arrive before David has a chance to call them and immediately becomes their main suspect.
Quickly, Dr. Remler discovers that he has been masterfully framed to take the blame for this murder. The murder weapon is his - a knife taken from his kitchen and found outside the dead man's bedroom window. There is no child and the real Samantha Kent has been in Boston all weekend. She has kept her maiden name, but was very much married to the dead Conrad Birch. So who is the Mystery Patient? Will "The Human Pendulum," Dr. Remler's bestseller, be his downfall?
Questions fly and Remler's lawyers race to answer them and save his good name while keeping him out of prison.
Howard Roughan has given readers an astonishing good read in "The Promise of a Lie," proving that his successful first novel "The Up and Comer" wasn't a fluke. His work is outstanding for one who has only written two books. Readers will be thrilled to discover a new author whose work they can devour for many years to come.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent legal thriller, March 2, 2004
This review is from: The Promise of a Lie (Hardcover)
He has an afternoon opening that Samantha Kent grabs up because she urgently needs to talk to psychologist Dr. David Remier. She confesses to him that she wants to kill her husband because that is the only way she can escape her marriage and keep her son. David tries to talk her out of it, but soon after their second session she calls him to tell him she killed her spouse.
He rushes over to Samantha's apartment but only finds the murdered body of her spouse. Neither Sam nor her son is anywhere to be found and the police have a difficult time believing his story. When the police search David's apartment, they find one of his kitchen knives missing and that the remaining knives match the murder weapon found near the crime scene. Perhaps the most shocking aspect is that the woman who called herself Samantha Kent was an imposter. David is arrested and his lawyers must find a way to make sense of this incredible scenario since nobody besides David has seen the mystery woman masquerading as Samantha.
THE PROMISE OF A LIE is an excellent legal thriller. The courtroom scenes are full of drama and excitement and there is a surprise twist that halts the trial temporarily. The protagonist, who tended to see the best in people, learns to never again take anything at face value again; trust remains to be seen (not so subtle hint to the author). Howard Roughan has provided so many twists, turns and shocking developments in his latest crime thriller that readers will be unable to stop reading until the last page is turned.
Harriet Klausner
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Suspense at it's finest., April 10, 2004
This review is from: The Promise of a Lie (Hardcover)
Psychologist David Remler is used to dealing with seriously troubled patients, but nothing could prepare him for 'Sam' Kent.
Sam, short for Samantha, is a beautiful, young and desperate woman. She enters David's office and tells her tale of a bad marriage to a man she wants dead. As David hears more of Sam's story he starts to feel sorry for her, as well as being attracted to her. A chance meeting at a benefit dinner will have David over stepping doctor/patient boundaries and have him facing charges of a crime.
David receives a call in the middle of the night from a frantic Sam saying she killed her husband. David rushes to her apartment to find a dead body, but no Sam.
The police begin questioning David to find his story has many holes, the first being that Samantha Kent was away on vacation at the time of the murder. When Sam does return home she is not the woman David was seeing as a patient and the victim just so happened to be a patient of David's years before.
David is arrested and the trial becomes a major focus point in the media. The prosecution believes to have the case locked with a guilty verdict, but David's dream team of lawyers is working overtime to find the key to the murder...the mysterious patient.
When a crucial piece of evidence is found the trial takes a devastating turn and David realizes he has been the pawn in a diabolical set-up.
'The Promise Of A Lie' is the most exciting and original thriller I have read in a long time. The clever plot is filled with twists, turns, masterful courtroom scenes and truly shocking surprises. Howard Roughan has written a non-stop thrill ride that can't be put down once started. His first novel was very good and showed the promise of a new heavy weight in the suspense arena, but with his new novel Roughan surpasses all expectation with one of the finest suspense novels in years proving he is a true master storyteller.
Do yourself a favor and read this excellent novel!
Nick Gonnella
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4.0 out of 5 stars invigorating!!, July 9, 2014
I first read the books he co-wrote with James Patterson and found that he had most interesting plot lines, unlike the usual mysteries. I searched for books he wrote and was excited to find this. He did not disappoint. It was fun, enjoyable....a great read!!!
Thank you !!
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