- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1508 KB
- Print Length: 356 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1786811359
- Publisher: Bookouture (17 Feb. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N0KF4SN
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 68 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Promise: A gripping thriller you won't be able to put down Kindle Edition
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Josie Parker, the single mother of 12-year old Georgie and 5-year old Marnie, is an ageing prostitute; some call her a slapper. Coming to the end of her working career, and having fallen into a heroin habit, she’s struggling to put food on the table and money into the electricity meter. Her friend Mandy is in almost as bad a position, though she has no kids to provide for. Delray is their pimp. He’s gone from running one or two street girls to having twenty mostly high-class escorts. He takes more than half of their earnings for “protection”. We actually see the protection in action, when he breaks the leg of an unruly punter with a baseball bat. His only redemption is that he won’t get into selling drugs; though he’s quite happy to live off women, and even move into providing underage girls. Javine is his seventeen-year old girlfriend, whose mother pimped her out, and who Delray is getting ready to be one of his working girls - and so the cycle threatens to repeat.
This is a gritty story which explores what can happen to women in these circumstances. What makes the story a bit special is showing the way that their dependants suffer too. To relieve the nastiness, it’s good that ultimately the girls and women don’t just take everything thrown at them, they begin to fight back. The story is also populated by a set of minor characters who live in the awful environment faced by Josie, Georgie, and Marnie. This world constructed by Casey Kelleher is as elaborate as one for a fantasy novel, and as chilling as in a horror story.Read more ›
You know, if you like a warm, cosy crime drama, or something that leaves you feeling all special and fluffy inside… stay away from this book. If on the other hand you like your books with a lot of grit and attitude then this will absolutely be the book for you.
After reading The Taken, I kind of knew what to expect when opening up the first page of this book. Casey Kelleher has established herself as an author very willing to tackle the dark side of human life with a brutal honesty, although without having to be too gratuitously violent that it disengages the reader. The Promise is a really gritty novel; covering subjects from drug abuse to prostitution and dancing around the periphery of child abuse, you won’t find anything here to warm your cockles. Not by a long chalk. Actually… that may be wrong of me to say, but more on that later.
This was a hard book for me to judge just how I felt. There is no denying that Miss Kelleher has an exceptional talent for writing. Far from pushing me away with what could have been a very abhorrent subject, she drew me in from the very beginning. Yes, I did find the subject matter objectionable, and it is a very strange book in that it is hard to feel any real empathy for any of the characters other than perhaps the pub landlord Dave, and the two children Georgie and Marnie, who are caught up in such a tragic story which is beyond their control and beyond comprehension at times.
And yet I couldn’t step away. Not so much because I needed to know that Georgie and Marnie were going to be safe, although that truly did matter to me, but because I was also intrigued by their mother, Josie. Josie is a strange character.Read more ›
The main characters are Josie a long suffering woman who hasn't had a break in all her life, she's a prostitute not by choice by necessity, she's also a drug addict who has 2 daughters. Her eldest Georgie is 12 and Marnie who's 4, life for them is horrible but they are so close and Georgie looks out for her kid sister.
Josie could cause a fight in an empty house, she's hard and does anything for a fix. This book is so hard to put down, edge of your seat time. with a lot of it. There are tears, tantrums, a murder or two, right nasty people you will find yourself hating and shouting at. You also get so much from the book too, well I did and I was engrossed from the first chapter. There is a twist but I won't spoil it for others.
If I could have given 6 stars for my review I certainly would have. It's a Fantastic read by a talented author and I can't wait for her next book to be published.
Two young sisters that look out for each other in terrible situations.
Started it at midnight Read most of the night and finished this afternoon.
Great ending , never saw it coming .
Thanks Casey for a cracker !
Read and enjoy people , I did
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kelleher has managed to write yet another electrifying, dark and twisted book. I’m beginning to appreciate a good thriller more and more lately, not just a thriller with a huge... Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Amy@Novelgossip
I am a massive fan of Casey and have been for years and couldn't wait to get my teeth into this latest novel. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Chelle's Book Reviews
Wow!wow! Absolutely brilliant. What a story loved it. Where you get your stories from it's amazing. Anyone thinking of buying don't hesitate won't be disappointed. Read morePublished 9 hours ago by janwads (cumbria)
This is a very gritty read, with topics that make for uncomfortable reading but they are handled with sensitivity and the writing is superb. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by The Quiet Knitter
I couldn't say this was an easy read, as with most of the authors books The Promise has such a difficult and emotional plot that at times I wondered if I could continue. Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Lou H Hunter
I have read case you Kelleher books from the beginning and as usual each new release does not disappoint!
This book did cover a sensitive subject and it was covered well. Read more
Had me hooked from the start wow what a great read really felt for josie and the girls well done casey i have read many of ur books and have not been dissapointed cant wait for the... Read morePublished 1 day ago by rita scott
Josie Parker has made a decision, she has never been a good mother, but she is ready to face prison if her two little daughters can have a better life. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Maria
Gripping story could not put this book down!!!
Read in a day. Keep up brilliant work!!! Eagerly awaiting next book!!!
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