Top positive review
A superb, powerful, haunting read - Driscoll's best book yet
7 February 2019
After reading Teresa Driscoll's last two thrillers, I Am Watching You and The Friend, I was incredibly excited to read The Promise - I wasn't disappointed, this is an absolutely stunning book. A few people have pointed out that it's a slower burner than her last two novels, and I'd agree, but I think this is one of the best things about The Promise - this isn't just another 'thrill a minute' shlocky read, it really gets under your skin in such an effective way; by the time I got to the conclusion (so powerful - won't spoil a thing), I had been so absolutely spellbound by the book that I had to go for a walk.
Just like Driscoll's other work, this book has everything I look for in a dark, twisty read. Great characterisation (by the end I felt like I knew them personally), captivating plot twists/turns - but not so frequent or over the top that I had my eyes rolling - great imagery, the works. I already knew I loved Driscoll's writing so it was wonderful to dive back into her prose and boy did this deliver.
All in all, amazing read. Really shows off how much of a command Driscoll has over language and pace, and if you liked her earlier stuff/are a fan, then this is a must-read - shows a darker, more contemplative side to her writing that just makes me appreciate her first two books even more. CANNOT wait for whatever she writes next - might have a new favourite author!