From the New York Times best-selling author of No Safe House comes an explosive novel 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" who left it 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.
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This book cries out for a sequel!
I thought they did an excellent job narrating this book. I like to hear narrators read in a natural sounding voice, as if they were "there" and are relaying events, not simply reading a story.
This was a very good book with a few subplots surrounding the main plot. I found the central story line to be a bit predictable and had that part of the book figured out about 1/2 way through. There are clues sprinkled around through out the entire story that led no where and when the book concluded there was no resolution to the background story going on concurrently. Now that story has me totally baffled. That story is the one that ends this book with a cliff hanger that made me want another 12 hours of listening. Anyway, getting back to the core of this book, there are some very mentally unbalanced people in here! Controlling mothers, a daughter who has to be handled just the right way or it could send here over, a still born baby, a cheating father (that whole side of the family is messed up!). The other side APPEARS to be put together but I don't think they are. I think they have their screwey secrets that will come out in a sequel. Anyway, I highly Recommend this book. If you found this review helpful please indicate so. Thank You.