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