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The Promise Paperback – January 25, 2018
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"Jenkins spins a web of intrigue" - Judith Cutler
About the Author
Sally Jenkins lives in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands. She is a member of Sutton Coldfield Speakers' Club, a volunteer library reading group coordinator and a church bell ringer. Sally's first psychological thriller, Bedsit Three won the Ian Govan Award.
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Olivia is starting to have nightmares. Nightmares of a murder that took place thrirty years prior. She chalks it up to the stress that she has been under while preparing to her wedding with Mark. Mark is concerned about her and offers to help her get counseling, but there are secrets Olivia does not want to get out. Secrets she thought she buried years ago in her past.
Tina knows all about Olivia and her secret. Audrey, her ex-cellmate wrote out a confessional and accidentally mailed it along with the letter stating that Simon and Olivia would offer assistance to her if she ever needed it. Tina will stop at nothing to get what she wants even if it means blackmailing Olivia in order to reach her end goal.
I really enjoyed reading THE PROMISE. At first, I was a bit confused because there are many characters introduced pretty early on in the story, but I realized it was needed once everything started to come out. Tina, although having numerous bad points, still managed to come across as somewhat caring when she talks about her brother and her willingness to do anything to protect him when she is gone. I had a love/hate relationship with Tina. Tina is quite devious blackmailing Olivia and Simon, but deep down you know its rooted in her belief that her brother will be cared for.
The story is a slow build up and I really liked the psychological play which kept me glued to the story to find out how it would all go down. I do have to say that the manipulation and lies and long ago buried secrets had me flipping through the pages to find out what happens next.
THE PROMISE is told through different points of view which I always find work really well in any story and helps me make a better connection to each of the characters. I love seeing the thought process behind the characters actions and the author, Sally Jenkins did a beautiful job of this. I highly recommend picking up a copy of this story. it is well worth the read.
"A man has been stabbed. A woman is bloodstained. The nightmares from her teenage years have begun again for Olivia Field – just as she is preparing to marry.
Ex-convict, Tina is terminally ill. Before she dies, the care of her younger, psychologically unwell brother, Wayne must be ensured. So Tina calls in a promise made to her thirty years ago in a prison cell. A promise that was written down and placed with crucial evidence illustrating a miscarriage of justice in a murder case.
Tina believes Olivia is perfectly placed to provide the care Wayne needs, but to do so, Olivia must be forced to cancel her own wedding and wreck the lives of those close to her. Tina’s terrible blackmail demands put Olivia’s entire future and, ultimately, her freedom under threat."
The Promise by Sally Jenkins is a steady-paced, well written psychological thriller! Ms. Jenkins saturates The Promise with a myriad of characters and fills the pages with the slow building machinations of the present by filling us in on what happened 30 years ago.
The Promise held my attention with short chapters that kept me moving from page one through the end of the book. It was a quick read for me, but I enjoyed it thoroughly!
I give The Promise by Sally Jenkins four cups of steaming hot Room With Books coffee! I recommend you get your copy so you can join in the chatter! This book is bound to be a best-seller!
©February 9, 2018
I found that most of the characters weren't really likable and they all had issues, but that's okay. Nobody's perfect. The story is predictable, but it moves along pretty well and the psychological aspect of it is gripping. If you like psychology thrillers with some blackmail thrown in, take a look at this book.
The main premise of the book is how far someone would go to force someone to honor a promise made for them years ago. Tina needs to provide for her brother Wayne before cancer takes her life, She decides that Olivia should marry him and provide for him, and she is willing to go to extreme lengths to make sure it happens.
The story is very well written and paced, and the characters are well-defined. We get a look into their pasts, their motivations, and their emotions as the story plays out.
Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys this genre.
The characters are great and the book is really well written with it being set and a great pace. I loved the suspense that the novel builds up as we find out more about Tina and Olivia. You are left guessing about what will happen next and what the ending and outcome will be - the book leaves you with one thought - How far would you go to protect those you love?
Four stars from me - highly recommended!
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