A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay

Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 512 pages
Published July 28th 2015 by Doubleday Canada
Source: Review Copy thanks to Penguin Random House Canada

Promise Falls (#1)

I've read all Barclay's books by this point and have to say, unfortunately, this is not his best. The first half was great, with lots going on, a murder, weird things and kept me turning the pages. Then a point came when I had an "Aha" moment and came up with a scenario that would explain the major case of the book and the way things worked out I was right. That's ok, I often do figure things out, but there were so many other story arcs going on that I couldn't place how they would fit that I was eager to see how it all came together in the end. Then the book ended!! The next page told me to read the *next* book *next* year for the continuing story. WTF? Barclay doesn't write series! I had no idea this book had no ending and was majorly pissed off. There is a lot going on here and yes, I want to see what happens next so yes, I will be reading the next book. However, the publisher did Barclay's fans a BIG disservice by not putting on the cover something to the effect of "First in new series by Linwood Barclay" to give us a head's up that this would not be a stand-alone like every other one of his books.


  1. I liked this one :)


  2. I'm all eager to read the next one now :-) but that certainly through me for a loop when I found out it was the first in a series like that. Boy, I sure sound mad in this review. LOL!!!