Review–Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay

David Harwood is a widower, father of an elementary-schooled aged son, and recent life failure. He moved to Boston to take a position as a reporter for a well-regarded local position before deciding to move back home. Shortly after moving home, the local newspaper he worked for closed their pages (so to speak) and David found himself returning to his parents’ home. With a lot of time on his hands, he gets pulled in to assist his cousin who is suspected of kidnapping the infant child of a murdered woman. David puts on his investigative hat and gets to it, uncovering a scheme that could end up ruining his family for good.

I very much enjoyed this quickly-paced and compelling thriller. Told between David’s first-person perspective and the third-person perspective of a local detective, I was quickly drawn in to the story. There are other side stories that are setup but with no outcome, I presume to be revisited in future books in this new series. Both David and the detective are likeable and relateable characters. I also found this book to be a welcome reprieve from other crime mysteries I read which are too often filled with gore and not enough mystery. This story, while very bizarre, felt realistic like it could wind up on 20/20 Thursday night mystery. I would read more in this series.

I received this book for free from Netgalley