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Broken Promise
A Promise Falls Novel
By (author): Linwood Barclay
9780385693141 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense Feb 26, 2019
$19.95 CAD
Active 5.18 x 8 x 1.15 in 512 pages Doubleday Canada Anchor Canada
From the New York Times-bestselling author of No Safe House comes the first novel in an explosive trilogy about the disturbing secrets of a quiet small town.

After his wife’s death and the collapse of his newspaper, David Harwood has no choice but to uproot his nine-year-old son and move back into his childhood home in Promise Falls, New York. David believes his life is in free fall, and he can’t find a way to stop his descent.

Then he comes across a family secret of epic proportions. A year after a devastating miscarriage, David’s cousin Marla has continued to struggle. But when David’s mother asks him to check on her, he’s horrified to discover that she’s been secretly raising a child who is not her own—a baby she claims was a gift from an “angel” left on her porch.

When the baby’s real mother is found murdered, David can’t help wanting to piece together what happened—even if it means proving his own cousin’s guilt. But as he uncovers each piece of evidence, David realizes that Marla’s mysterious child is just the tip of the iceberg.

Other strange things are happening. Animals are found ritually slaughtered. An ominous abandoned Ferris wheel seems to stand as a warning that something dark has infected Promise Falls. And someone has decided that the entire town must pay for the sins of its past…in blood.

Series Overview: Promise Falls Trilogy: #1

Publication History: Doubleday Canada, HC (07/2015)

NATIONAL BESTSELLER: Broken Promise was a major bestseller, selling over 50,000 net copies across formats in Canada.

SIMULATENOUS PUBLICATION: All three books in the trilogy (A Broken Promise, Far From True, The Twenty-Three) will be published in paperback at the same time, so readers can binge on Barclay.

SOON TO BE TV: The Promise Falls series has been optioned for a TV series, with Barclay penning the pilot and working in collaboration with Lynn Coady (Mary Kills People, Orphan Black).

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Linwood has devoted fans and he’s a perennial bestseller here and in other territories; now is the time to appeal to new readers and grow Linwood’s fanbase beyond the devotees.

IF YOU LIKE: Jo Nesbo, Lee Child, William Landay, Lisa Gardner, read Broken Promise.

LINWOOD BARCLAY is the multi-million copy #1 internationally bestselling author of seventeen previous novels for adults, including Broken Promise, Far From True, The Twenty-Three, No Safe House; A Tap on the Window; Trust Your Eyes; Never Saw It Coming, and two thrillers for children. His books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. He wrote the screenplay adaptation for his novel Never Saw It Coming, and his book The Accident has been made into a television series in France.

Author Residence: Oakville, ON

Author Website:

Author Social Media: Twitter: @linwood_barclay

“Barclay’s best book yet.”—Toronto Star

“The story is fascinating and the characters are intriguing.”—The Associated Press

“Twist-driven thrillers packed with explosive action are a hallmark of Linwood Barclay’s career.”—USA Today

“With its high rate of violent crime, deadly secrets, corrupt officials and, of course, lack of a daily newspaper, Promise Falls isn’t a great place to live. But it’s a lot of fun to read about.”—The Peterborough Examiner

“A true master is back on the scene, and this is another book that can go directly into the suspense lover’s hall of fame.”—Suspense Magazine

“Barclay’s credentials as a top-notch suspense novelist are now firmly established.”—The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)

“A skilled, fast-paced, suspenseful writer of well-structured fiction, a veteran who can be counted on to deliver an absorbing novel cast with real humans.”—The London Free Press (Ontario)

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