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The Promise

The Promise

Написано Teresa Driscoll

Озвучено Esther Wane, Billie Fulford-Brown и Steve West


The Promise

Написано Teresa Driscoll

Озвучено Esther Wane, Billie Fulford-Brown и Steve West

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4/5 (150 оценки)
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Издано:
Feb 7, 2019
ISBN:
9781721333271
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Аудиокнига

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The chilling new psychological thriller from the #1 bestselling author of I Am Watching You.

It was their darkest secret. Three schoolgirls made a promise — to take the horrible truth of what they did to the grave.

Thirty years later, Beth and Sally have tried to put the trauma behind them. Though Carol has distanced herself from her former friends, the three are adamant that the truth must never come to light, even if the memory still haunts them.

But when some shocking news threatens to unearth their dark secret, Beth enlists the help of private investigator Matthew Hill to help her and Sally reconnect with estranged Carol ­— before the terrible act they committed as teenagers is revealed.

Beth wishes she could take back the vow they made.

But somebody is watching and will stop at nothing to ensure the secret stays buried. Now, with her beloved family in peril, can Beth still keep the promise?

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Feb 7, 2019
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  • (5/5)
    The PromiseByTeresa DriscollWhat it's all about...Three friends who meet at a Catholic boarding school...with lots of nuns...share in a terrible tragedy that they have kept secret for all of their lives. When they learn that their old school and the grounds around it will be torn down...they begin to worry that their secret may not be a secret any more. My thoughts after reading this book...Carol, Sal and Beth have allowed this well kept secret to affect their lives and now with the potential that it might be out there is even more stress and more mystery. The fact that they have not shared this with anyone...not even parents or husbands...makes everything worse than it should be. What I loved best...Reading this book was like opening presents or actually watching blocks tumble. One thing kept leading to the next thing until finally every secret was exposed. What potential readers might want to know...This was a fast paced and beautifully written book. The suspense was in my face from the start and I didn’t want to stop reading. I know I will read more of this author’s haunting books! I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley. It was my choice to read and review it.
  • (5/5)
    Good story would like to listen to more like this
  • (4/5)
    This book has some great little surprise twists and turns. The storyline was both horrific and fascinating.
    Look forward to reading more From this author
  • (5/5)
    Wonderful wonderful book, had me gripped from the off right until the end. Grew to love the characters and realise the fragile sense of self we all have. Yet to others we are giants.
  • (4/5)
    I enjoyed this book and it had some unexpected turns. I could really sympathize with all the hurt, but I wasn't left devastated either.
  • (5/5)
    Good book, fast paced and good story line I enjoyed it and can't wait to read another
  • (4/5)
    Robert Crais's Suspect was one of my best reads in 2015, and Scott and Maggie were the main reasons why I read The Promise. (I stopped reading the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novels before Crais hit his stride.) I found this book to be another page-turner just when I was in the mood for lots of action.All in all, I thought there needed to be a bit more from Mr. Rollins because his threats to Scott and Maggie really ratcheted up the anxiety levels. But that could've been a slippery slope. Although Scott and Maggie's scenes really played up the dog's intelligence and training, readers tend to be very touchy when danger to animals is concerned. (Almost better for the human characters to come to harm!) Yes, I was fully engaged in reading this book and rooting for the good guys. I would love to give it my highest rating, but when all is said and done, the characterizations fell a bit short for me. Joe Pike seemed to be an afterthought, and Elvis's wit and wisecracks were missing. Even Scott seemed subdued. Only Maggie earned all her kibble. However, The Promise still ranks high as a thriller.
  • (5/5)
    AUTHOR: Crais, RobertTITLE: The PromiseDATE READ: 01/23/25 RATING: 5/AGENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Crime Fiction/ 2015 / Putnam / 402 pgs SERIES/STAND-ALONE: #14 Elvis Cole (#2 Scott James)CHARACTERS Elvis Cole/ private detective; Joe Pike/ private detective; Scott James/ LAPD police detective K-9 division; Maggie/ trained German Shepard TIME/PLACE: Present/LA FIRST LINES The woman stood in the far corner of the dimly lit room, hiding in the shadows like a fish in gray water. COMMENTS: Worth the wait. Crais is one of my favorite authors and one of the few I am currently up to date on. In this book, Elvis & Joe are joined by Scott & Maggie from Suspect Elvis is hired by a woman to find a co-worker -- Elvis is told not to tell anyone anything -- Meryl is trying to help her friend Amy who has taken a sudden leave & there is money missing. Amy's only child her son was recently killed in a terrorist attack in Nigeria and Meryl feels Amy is having some type of a breakdown. Meryl feeds Elvis a lead and he enters into quite a volatile situation, involving drugs, bombs and terrorism. Great read!
  • (4/5)
    I was looking forward to just book since I read the suspect. Having all my favorite characters together in the novel is wonderful. Robert Crais never disappoints.
  • (5/5)
    This is another page turner from Crais. In this case, Elvis is asked to find a woman named Amy because she has disappeared with a large amount of money from her government job, Two hours later as he is knocking on the door of a house where he thinks he may find someone who knows where she is, the police surround the house and find dead man inside. Of course they suspect Elvis.This case has all of Elvis' usual friends such as Joe Pike and the mercenary Jon Stone assisting in the investigation. One interesting touch is the inclusion of Maggie, a K-9 dog and her handler, Scott James. Maggie even narrates a couple of chapters to explain how the dog may see the action.
  • (4/5)
    Robert Crais is another author I pick up without bothering to see what the book is about. He's never disappointed me yet.The Promise is his latest book and it's the 16th book featuring private eye Elvis Cole and the enigmatic Joe Pike. But Crais really mixes it up this time, bringing in characters from other series. LAPD officer Scott James and his K9 partner Maggie and the also enigmatic Jon Stone make appearances.Elvis is hired to find a missing woman as her employer is quite worried - for a number of reasons. Elvis's initial search takes him to a house in LA's Echo Park - and lands him in a load of trouble. There's a dead guy in the house, along with a huge amount of explosives. And Elvis talked to the guy who left the house and disappeared.I always enjoy Elvis's sense of humour, snappy comebacks and his attitude. He's loyal to his customers, dogged and determined. Not always by the book, but he gets results. Joe Pike is the quiet one, the dangerous one and yes, the mysterious, kinda sexy one. Scott James is a bit of an innocent, but his loyalty to his dog makes for a great look at K9 policing. And as he's fairly new to readers, it's nice to get to know him a bit better. Jon Stone is a friend of Pike and I enjoy the glimpses we get to see of this mysterious man. (I think it's time for Jon to have a book of his own.) There's a fifth character and she has her own voice in The Promise. That's Maggie - the K9 officer. I have to tell you, I was sniffling during her chapters. (and then I went and hugged my dog)Although I enjoyed seeing so many favourite characters in one place, it ended up being a very busy book. Lots of POV's. It changed the tone and timbre of the book, giving Elvis less time and space to be, well, to be Elvis. And I always want more Pike. Mr. Rollins, the antagonist in the book, is also given a voice. So many POV's took away from the plot for me. But The Promise was still a good read for me. On the other hand, if you haven't sampled Crais' writing yet, this is a great book to meet his protagonists and choose what series to delve into next.
  • (4/5)
    Love the dog. Best part of the book. By introducing other characters and people the books stay fresh
  • (4/5)
    Three friends made a promise to keep a dark secret while young teens in boarding school. Now adults, something happens that causes their secret to be threatened.

    While it was a slow burn to get to the secret, it still kept me interested. When things picked up about halfway through it was fast (shorter quicker and cliff hanger chapters) and I couldn’t put it down. The characters were all flawed and well developed. The story made sense and the end was not predictable. Enjoyed it.
  • (2/5)
    The theme of 'breaking the promise' was overdone. Surely as an adult she would recognise what they did was not something to hate you for.
  • (3/5)
    First Robert Crais book. I'm guessing if I'd read at least some of the previous books, I'd have a better handle on the various cast of characters and their backstories, so I'll throw that out there. That's not to say this isn't a standalone book, just that it would have been easier to understand who everyone was and how they all fit in. The plot was okay. An explosives expert wants to find out who killed her son at a suicide bombing in Nigeria. This puts her in the middle of a crime gang in Los Angeles (which seemed a little improbable honestly). Throw in some crooked cops, bombs, and murders and you have this book.I freely admit that Scott James and Maggie were my favorite characters, especially the parts from Maggie's POV. Scott is a K-9 cop and Maggie is his german shepherd trained in bomb-sniffing. I want to go back and read some of their series and maybe some Elvis Cole.
  • (5/5)
    The advantages are also the disadvantages in this latest novel from Robert Crais. He includes his entire cast of characters working together (eventually) to solve the crime, but although I love each of them, I really prefer to have one of them as the main character of his own book, with one of the others playing a minor role. In "The Promise", all their distinct and quirky personalities seem watered down. I enjoyed the story, but I hope the author returns to featuring one character at a time.
  • (4/5)
    Robert Crais knows how to capture my attention from the first page and hold it to the end and “The Promise” illustrates that perfectly. Crais arouses my curiosity in the opening paragraph by describing a “small, round, and dumpy” woman wearing a fringed leather jacket in a darkened room who was clearly afraid and reminded the observer of an overripe peach. Things are not always as they seem and that will turn out to be the case in this instance, but for most of the book Crais allows us, and Elvis Cole, to hold fast to our mistaken impressions.Hired by a woman claiming to be a friend of the “overripe peach,” Cole sets out to find the woman. Almost immediately he comes under suspicion as the police search for a terrorist with possible gang connections. For his part, Cole believes the terrorist is responsible for the woman’s disappearance. Cole enlists the help of his partner, Joe Pike, but two characters introduced in earlier books figure more prominently than Pike. Jon Stone, a former Delta Force operator who now works as a military contractor plays a prominent role. Stone has appeared in minor roles in earlier Cole/Pike novels such as “The First Rule” and he was featured more prominently in “Taken,” the previous novel in this series. Although our initial impression is that Stone is a shallow individual who lives for whoring and fighting, he emerges as an enlightened, philosophical, and thoughtful man of great depth. And for all of that, he is still as badass as Joe Pike. The final scene in the novel belongs to Stone.Scott James and his K9 dog Maggie, introduced in the stand-alone novel “Suspect,” also figure prominently. Readers who hoped to hear more of Scott and Maggie after making their acquaintance in “Suspect” will find their appearance here to be rewarding. Scott and Maggie are critical in bringing the search for the suspected terrorist to a close.I can’t wait to move on to #17, “The Promise”, in the Cole/Pike series, and I was delighted to read in a 2017 interview that Crais intends to feature Stone along with Joe Pike in #18. I’m hoping that we will see more of James and Maggie in the future as well. All are interesting characters quite capable of carrying a story by themselves.
  • (5/5)
    Fun read with the entire stable of Crais characters, plus more.
  • (4/5)
    There are a lot of viewpoints in this novel, from Cole & Pike, the villain of the book Mr. Rollins, and Scott James, introduced in Suspect, as well as his dog Maggie, one wonders how he did the research; maybe interviewing police dogs. This is very enjoyable and features a complex plot in which some people are not who they say they are. My only complaint is that the ending seemed rushed and lacked details.Free review copy.
  • (5/5)
    I'm new to Elvis Cole but I have listened to both novels with Maggie---and I just hope there are more to come---especially now that Cole and Pike are friends---now I need to go back and read more about Cole---very appealing character and both books were terrific in the audio version.
  • (5/5)
    This was a wonderful book to read. It touched on serious topics such as trauma, loss from terrorism, a murder mystery, and missing persons case but does so with effective laugh out loud humor. I enjoyed reading from the viewpoint of different characters, including a police dog-sounds silly but was very good.
  • (4/5)
    This is my first time to read a book from this author. I liked the beginning as we find Mr. Rollins meeting with two people in a rented house. He sure has some weird rules when someone enters the home. He insists they were gloves at all times and after the transaction is complete, he scrubs the entire house with Clorox . Paranoid much? The story seems to pick up a bit as Mr. Rollins is waiting for someone else to stop by. Everyone he associates with knows to always use the back doors. On this particular night, there is a knock on the front door. Yes this sets off a paranoid Mr. Rollins. What will he do when he hears a knock on the back door minutes later? As Mr. Rollins leaves the house he is spotted by a private detective named Elvis Cole. Elvis is in the area looking for a woman that has disappeared. The two stories collided in this fast paced but somewhat confusing at times thriller. I found it kinda predictable that the cops would assume Elvis was their suspect and immediately arrest him. The cops had been looking for someone that Elvis just happened to see. It is kinda confusing but I decided I needed to read the entire book instead of putting it down. I did enjoy the part about the police dog. They have always fascinated me. A K9 dog is well trained, fierce and determined to do their job. The author did a good job of letting readers get a glimpse into this hardworking and vital part of the police department. Overall the book was not bad and had some great moments of tension and action that kept me intrigued . To be fair to the author, I need to read other books with theses characters so I can understand them better. I was lost at times, but perhaps it was because I was not familiar with his characters from the other books. Overall it was a good read and has potential to keep readers interested. I received a copy of this book from the Goodreads Free Giveway for an honest review.
  • (4/5)
    To me, this novel is a return to form for Robert Crais: Good plot, nice interaction between the 'investigative team, believable dialogue, some trademark humor, realistic methodologies. The K9, Maggie, was a part of the story as well, with less irritating anthropomorphizing of her than in The Suspect.

    The story line itself was very good- someone is trying to sell a lot of untraceable plastic explosives to a buyer in the LA area, part of the process goes awry and the police and various other entities get involved in trying to figure out what's happening, and in the meantime our hero, Elvis Cole, gets pulled into the action via his attempt to find a missing person. Sounds complicated, and it is, but everything is resolved satisfactorily (or almost everything) at the end.

    The Pike and Jon Stone characters also played a major part in the story, and they're quite good. Unlike some thrillers where the 'white hats' have almost superhuman skills, these guys are very highly skilled but are not supermen. The 'world's greatest PI, Elvis Cole, likewise possesses a lot of professional abilities, and they made a great team in bringing the story to its conclusion.

    The Promise is a nicely done mystery with a great lineup of characters.... highly recommended.
  • (4/5)
    This is a great Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novel. Crais also brings in his character Scot James and his K-9 partner Scott James and Maggie, Cole makes a promise that could get them all killed. A very good read.
  • (1/5)
    What Makes a Writer: "The Promise" by Robert Crais Published November 10th 2015



    What is a writer? It is spending time devising plots in a basement with the help of a dictionary. And why do they do that? Why not do something else? What makes a writer? He could be doing something else, he could be picking mushrooms. But instead, he’s in his basement hammering the keyboard. Why? Doesn’t he have anything better to do, or anything else he can do? It’s a way of passing time for him, but not for some readers.

    If you're into bad writing, read on.
  • (3/5)
    Like a family or class reunion, but where only the people you like showed up. Love this story bringing together all my favorites from Robert Crais' novels. My favorite will continue to be Maggie. Can't get enough of that dog.
  • (4/5)
    Very good Crais. Too much police dog, not enough Joe Pike. But well done throughout. Well worth your time.
  • (5/5)
    From The Book cover:

    Loyalty,commitment, and the fight or justice have always driven Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. If they make a promise,they keep it. Even if it could get them killed. When Elvis Cole is secretly hired to find a grieving mother, his first stop is an ordinary house on a rainy night in Echo Park. Only the house is not ordinary and neither are the people hiding inside. For everyone this night is only beginning and it will bea long time ending.

    The Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series IMO...is one of the best being written today. The characters are likable, believable and entirely human with faults and weaknesses yet they are dedicated to the cause of justice. In Crais's 2013 novel, Suspect he introduces us to Scott James, a young LAPD police officer and his canine partner, Maggie ...an ex-military bomb dog injured in both body and spirit while on duty in Afghanistan. Crais has brought Scott James and beautiful Maggie into a heart stopping partnership with Elvis and Joe to help them keep The Promise. Robert Crais put two years into the development of this book and they were well worth the wait. One of the things that was especially touching about this book was that we heard the "voice" of Maggie throughout the book and how she felt and perceived the situation. In the words of the author..."Of course I want my novels to be page turners, but my books are about something deeper. The key to this story is truly about Amy Breslyn and what she's experienced and gone through. It's about how this impacts on all of the other characters and how it relates to them and what we as a nation have gone through with all of the insanity that's affected the world since 9/11". I couldn't have said it any better. An absolutely magnificent read.
  • (4/5)
    This was an Audible book very ably narrated by Luke Daniels and MacLeod Andrews. This is in the Elvis Cole series where Elvis is sent to investigate one thing, which turns into something else entirely different and far more dangerous. LAPD officer, Scott James, and his dog Maggie from another of the novels of Robert Crais, also form another strand to this tale. As always a fast moving story that is very hard to put down.
  • (1/5)

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    Not for me. I just couldn’t get into this book. The characters were not really likeable. Their lives were not interesting and I just didn’t care about them. The tease of something awful that happened years ago was not enough to make me like the characters. The story was just boring and I couldn’t make myself care about what would happen next. Sorry, I didn’t like this at all. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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