- File Size: 1393 KB
- Print Length: 280 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (September 12, 2018)
- Publication Date: September 12, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07DQJL432
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,844 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Angie lives alone in the house she, her Mother, and daughter lived in. Everyone has gone but Angie stays. She is a little weird; but children love her. She also has a secret which she doesn’t want to be uncovered. She minds children occasionally, though she is not certified, at a price low income parents can afford. When Craig and Teresa move in next door with their daughters, Fran (11) and Jessica (4), Angie is elated. She had watched the renovation of the house and loved the idea of children in the house. Eventually, when she was in a bind, Teresa asked her to watch Jessica. Though Jessica didn’t say much, she loved being with Angie. Angie believed in magic and had few rules to follow. Eventually, Fran started staying after school as well.
Craig was working very long hours and Teresa started managing a hair salon and started working longer hours. Teresa was having problems with a hair stylist and she began suspecting Craig was having an affair. She and Jessica seemed to always be at odds and Fran, who was Craig’s daughter, was sullen and stayed in her room. Then the unthinkable happened, Jessica disappeared from her bedroom! Who took Jessica? Where did they have her hidden? Was she already dead? Everyone she possibly had contact with was under suspicion. Can they find her before anything bad happens to her?
Jessica ‘s Promise just did not deliver for me. I didn’t find much to like in any of the characters. In fact, most of them totally turned me off, even Angie who’s the most likeable is wonky and unsound due to earlier circumstances. I liked Jessica but she seems to be untenable, even for a three-year old. And the mother figure, Teresa is a mess as is her lover Craig.
Teresa has work issues with a jealous vindictive co-worker and is therefore gone for such long days leaving her biological child Jessica, (from a one night stand) with her neighbor Angie. She becomes suspicious of Craig, the lover who divorced his wife for Teresa and remodeled a home for her. He suddenly starts coming home really late with alcohol on his breath and strange messages on his phone. Round this out with Fran, a somewhat sullen 11-year old from Craig’s first marriage and you’ve got a kettle of brew from which to draw upon for what ultimately happens to Jessica.
Though the author tried to throw the blame around to keep her reader’s in suspense, it just did not go over well, IMO. The characters in general were not well fleshed out, the tension is sorely lacking, as is the plot line. The reader is well into the story before anything shocking even happens, although all along hints are dropped that lead you around the circle of suspicious characters.
I think Jill Childs is a strong writer, knows her topic very well, and her theme will resonate with most readers of this type of story. I did not find it to be a gripping emotional page-turner. It’s an easy read and you’ll be drug into the plot just to see who is ultimately responsible. Finally though, I would have expected Jessica to be much more traumatized than she finally appeared when considering the circumstances. And Craig was such a contradiction from his original character. How do people go through such machinations and huge life decisions only to find themselves in such unseemly circumstances?
When all the facts are on the table and we have a tangle of circumstances there seems to be some open threads that are left dangling. Even though the big problem is resolved, we are left to speculate about a number of issues Ms. Childs has thrown into this melting pot and I am left bereft of answers to questions that were used as plot devices throughout the novel. Overall, a solid story which seems to have drawn a strong link with many readers.