When their mother is sentenced for brutally murdering a client, Georgie and Marnie’s already precarious lives are blown apart and they now share a terrible secret. Sent to a children’s home, the sisters hope this might finally be their safe haven after years of neglect. But they soon discover they’re in real danger. Desperate to find a place of safety, Georgie and Marnie run for their lives, but end up in the hands of Delray Anderton. A violent London gangster and notorious pimp, Delray has big plans for beautiful teenager Georgie, seeing her as a chance to make some serious money. Fiercely protective of each other, Georgie and Marnie must escape the clutches of a man who will do anything to keep the sisters for himself. And, they must keep the promise they made to each other – no one can ever know the truth.
The Promise was a unique and gripping read and I can honestly say had never read something quite like it. Was it a thrilling book? Sure. Will I remember it forever? Probably not.
This is the story of Josie Parker and her daughters Marnie and Georgie. Josie is a drug-addicted prostitute who can’t seem to catch a break. She’s poor, their house is filthy and they barely have any money for food. What’s more: Marnie and Georgie spend their evenings locked in their rooms while her mother entertains her clients. Meanwhile, we have Delray Anderton, who happens to be Josie’s pimp and basically a really bad guy. And Delray has some plans regarding Javine Turner, a young woman who wants it all…
Although this was surely a fast and engaging read, I thought it lacked some mystery and surprises. I didn’t feel like I was reading a crime book, but simply a series of misfortunes. I guess I thought it would be a different type of novel and even though I couldn’t stop reading, I wanted a more memorable plot. Also, I can’t say that the ending caught me by surprise. However, despite the story being kind of simple, the characters, on the other hand, were not. And I loved that.
I need to warn you: The Promise by Casey Kelleher includes multiple graphic scenes and deals with ugly topics, so this is not for the faint-hearted. Let’s say I was glad I wasn’t eating anything while reading some of its scenes. When I finished the book, I suddenly felt the need of watching a silly rom-com and live in a world of rainbows and glitter. It was weirdly addictive, though.
Anyway, I would definitely pick up another book by Casey Kelleher, as I almost couldn’t believe that I wanted to keep reading after everything Marnie and Georgie went through. She’s an excellent writer that manages to suck you into the lives of her characters and never lets you go.
Netgalley – Bookouture, 2017