In the Books featuring The Liar’s Promise by Mark Tilbury

Good morning! Welcome to In the Books, featuring The Liar’s Promise by Mark Tilbury. 🙂

Mark Tilbury - The Liar’s Promise_cover

About the Book: How does a mother protect her child from the unknown?

During a visit to a local theatre, four-year-old Chloe Hollis becomes hysterical. But her mother, Mel, doesn’t realise that this is just the beginning of the nightmare. In the coming weeks, Chloe talks of The Tall Man – Of death.

At her wit’s end, Mel confides in Charles Honeywell, the headmaster at the school where she works. But what Mel doesn’t know is that Charles is linked to what is happening to her daughter.

Will Mel learn the terrible truth? And can she overcome her own tragic past and save her daughter before it’s too late?

The Liar’s Promise is a story of past lives and future torment.

My Review: I have to admit, I expected this to be as dark and poignant at times as the author’s previous novel I read, The Abbatoir of Dreams, but he threw me a curve ball. Though it maintained the same dark and gripping themes as his other books, this has a little more of a light-hearted feel to it. I can’t explain it, but I’m guessing it had to do with the introduction of mysticism such as past lives and such. There’s something about knowing a person can eventually have a chance at justice that lifts the fog of trepidation, at least, for me.

The characters were as interesting and real as usual, bringing them to life as people I may or will know at some point. Personally, I loved the way the daughter would revert through various personalities throughout the story. Never knowing what was going to come out of her mouth kept things interesting, and I wondered a few times when those around her would have a total break.

With the intensity and characters driving the story, I have to say the author did a fantastic job of building the atmosphere in the different locations from warm and friendly to depressing and hostile.

Over all, this is an excellent story and is a great introduction to Mark Tilbury and his talents if you haven’t read any of his books yet.

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About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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