The Promise by Teresa Driscoll: A Book Review

The Promise a book ReviewI loved Teresa Driscoll’s novel, I Am Watching You, so I jumped at the chance to read her latest psychological suspense novel, The Promise.

Would you keep the promise you regret making?

The Promise hooked me as I learned about 3 girls as close as sisters, thanks to attending boarding school together. Now that they are adults, a promise they made in the past has inexplicably kept them bound, and at the same time, very much at odds with one another. With a wrecking crew scheduled to demolish the school they attended, they must decide what to do to keep a long-buried secret.

The Characters

The relatable characters kept me spellbound, as did the mystery surrounding the trio’s youthful vow, a vow they all seem to regret. As in life, things are often more complicated than they first appear. Driscoll does a beautiful job of using a light touch. Rather than hitting us over the head, she unwraps the story like a delicate scarf.

The prose was lovely, and added to the emotion of the storyline, particularly when told from Beth’s point of view. The author used 4 points of view and at times told the story from the past. This might be a bit complex if you prefer a single point of view. While at times, I wondered if the book could have been more effective with fewer points of view the result was very effective.

Surely, another bestseller!

Driscoll paced The Promise in a way that left me holding my breath in anticipation. I particularly loved the relationships the author explored between the girls and their mothers—both in their youth and as adults. I recommend this book to women who enjoy psychological suspense and exploring how we deal with difficult choices and situations and how they affect our lives and the lives of those we love. Teresa Driscoll is fast becoming one of my favorite contemporary authors.

As always, I comment on content which readers might want to avoid. In The Promise, there were only a couple of instances of swearing (and they were very appropriate in the context). Sex is mentioned, but not described explicitly. There is brief violence.

The Promise is sure to keep you turning the pages until the very end. It will be available for purchase on February 7, 2019.

I give The Promise 5-stars!.

Thank you to Net Galley and Thomas Mercer for allowing me to read an ARC copy of The Promise, in exchange for an honest review.

About Heather EricksonThe Ericksons

I am an author, writer, and speaker and homeschooling mom of 3. Since doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan with stage IV lung cancer in 2012, I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace. My books are available at

The Memory Maker’s Journal 

Facing Cancer as a Friend: How to Support Someone Who Has Cancer

Facing Cancer as a Parent: Helping Your Children Cope with Your Cancer

I also blog about living with cancer at Facing Cancer with Grace.

6 thoughts on “The Promise by Teresa Driscoll: A Book Review”

  1. I love NetGalley. This book sounds wonderful. I’ll have to check, see if it’s still available.

  2. It sounds like the girls made their vow over something either not legal or otherwise traumatic. At least, that’s what I’d expect with a set up like that.

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