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Publisher's Summary

When a new family moves in next door, it takes Anna just two days to realise something is very wrong. She can hear their five-year-old daughter Charlie crying, then sees injuries on the little girl which cannot be ignored. Anna reports the family to the police and social services but when no one comes to Charlie's aid, Anna understands that she is alone with her fears for the child's life.
So when Charlie comes to her door asking for help, the only thing Anna can think to do is take the girl and run.
Raising delicate but deeply felt questions about our individual responsibility for the children around us, Promise is a novel that obliges the listener to ask: if Charlie were my neighbour, what would I do?
©2016 Sarah Armstrong (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Michelle Shank on 09-18-16

Promise will draw you in...

A modern take on a longstanding social issue. When and how ...and how far...would you go to protect a stranger's child? I fell in love with so many of the characters and have even caught myself wondering how they are doing now. This story also explores the mother-daughter bond from a fresh angle as well. Just wish there was a manual of Australian terms and items. What the heck is a pyklette??? A cookie?

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Nova5ever on 02-14-17

Very engaging!

Good story, very thought provoking! This is a story I would listen to again! A good read!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Laura Jan Shore on 07-09-16

Suspenseful, heart-rending story of love

This book probes a moral dilemma. A child is being abused and the neighbour can't sit by and let it happen.The determination of Anna to rescue and keep this child safe from child abuse is laudable especially as it disrupts and endangers her own life. As a reader, I am hoping Anna will get away with her choice. The suspense is intense. These characters are beautifully drawn and believable. I especially enjoyed the north coast landscapes which were evocatively described. I loved listening to it being read aloud with such dramatic flair that it felt like I'd watched it as a film. This book would make a dynamic TV serial for the ABC. I heartily recommend this book!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Felicity on 05-17-17

Gripping, moving and brave

What did you like most about Promise?

It takes the subject in a daring new direction and gets you questioning how you'd behave in a similar situation. Would you be as brave and as foolhardy as Anna to protect a child.

What did you like best about this story?

The way the writer shifts your sympathies constantly over Anna's choices. Sometimes you're on her side, other times not. It resist sentimentality and obvious solutions - also the descriptions of the bush are evocative and the characters well rounded.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All the scenes in the bush.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It could well be, I was always keen to tune in when I managed to and finished it pretty quickly.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed both the book and the reading of it.

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