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Welcome to Promise Falls. The small town with a big secret.
David Harwood is asked to check up on his cousin Marla, who's not been herself since losing her baby nearly a year ago. But when he gets there, he finds blood on the door.
Inside, Marla happily looks after a baby that isn't hers. She claims it was delivered 'by an angel', but David fears the worst.
His suspicions come true when a woman's dead body is found - with her own baby missing - making Marla the only suspect in the investigation.
But David knows no matter how troubled she is: Marla isn't a murderer. Is someone lurking in the shadows? And how far will David go to protect his family?
Praise for Linwood Barclay
'Nothing is more satisfying than tucking into a new Linwood Barclay novel' Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door
'A suspense master' Stephen King
'One of the best thriller writers in the world' Mark Billingham
'Seamless, breathless and relentlessly paced' Mirror
Promise Falls, N.Y., is a less salacious but deadlier version of Peyton Place in this engrossing smalltown thriller from Arthur Ellis Award winner Barclay (No Safe House). Reporter David Harwood, recently returned to town, visits his emotionally fragile cousin Marla Pickens, who lost her baby girl during birth 10 months earlier. Harwood is startled to find her caring for a 10-month-old baby boy, brought to her, Marla claims, by an angel. Meanwhile, Det. Barry Duckworth of the Promise Falls PD has multiple (and strange) crimes to contend with, including an especially ugly murder. Marla's newly acquired baby is at the heart of the mystery, but as Duckworth and Harwood pursue their separate investigations, secrets held by everyone from Harwood's parents and Marla's mother to hospital administrator Agnes Pickens and sleazy former mayor Randall Finley are exposed. Linwood's adept characterizations and knack for unsettling twists make this a surefire bestseller. Author tour.