Book Review: The Promised World – Lisa Tucker [TSS]

Title: The Promised World
Author: Lisa Tucker
ISBN: 9781416575399
Pages: 336
Release Date: August 3, 2010
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Thriller/Suspense
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

Lila and Billy are twins, and their bond is unshakeable. Or so Lila thought, until she is informed that Billy has committed suicide-by-cop after his estranged wife accused him of abusing one of their children. Already fragile, this news tears Lila apart. But when her husband, Patrick, starts digging into Billy’s situation, he finds some disturbing news that make him question whether Lila ever really told him the truth.

Review:

The Promised World is a novel that will have you questioning everything around you.  Patrick has no idea what to believe after Billy’s death.  He loves his wife, Lila, but he has always been wary of Billy, even as Lila insists he’s harmless.  This new information about Billy’s abuse of one of his children really makes Patrick begin to wonder why Lila has always viewed Billy through rose colored glasses. 

One thing The Promised World does very well is make insinuations.  Because the reader has no idea who to trust, who might have an agenda, who might be manipulating the situation to make themselves look good, all the reader has is pieces of the story, fragments of the overall picture.  An offhand remark can insinuate into the reader’s brain and end up changing everything completely.  I loved this constant questioning and reevaluating – it kept me incredibly engaged in the story as I struggled to discover where the truth lay.

I’ll admit that Lila bothered me over the course of the novel.  I understood that she was fragile, but the attachment she had to Billy bothered me, especially when she refused to acknowledge he ever did anything wrong.  While I did feel for her (and suspected her, at times – the genius of this book), Lila never really endeared herself to me, and as a result I didn’t really connect with any of the characters in the book.

An engaging and exhilarating read, The Promised World was my first Lisa Tucker novel, but it won’t be my last.  After reading this book, I completely understand why people have been raving about it.  It’s an incredible psychological novel, and Tucker creates a tense, unrelenting atmosphere that is taut with suspense.  I really enjoyed this novel and can’t wait for Tucker’s next book!

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Comments

  1. I’ve had this on my list because of the twin factor (I like books about twins) — glad to know that you generally liked it.

  2. I’ve had this on my list because of the twin factor (I like books about twins) — glad to know that you generally liked it.

  3. I love books that mess with your head and make you doubt yourself. It gets the adrenaline flowing!

  4. I love books that mess with your head and make you doubt yourself. It gets the adrenaline flowing!

  5. I’ve been intrigued by this book and think I would like it. It sounds like it would be hard to put down.

  6. I’ve been intrigued by this book and think I would like it. It sounds like it would be hard to put down.

  7. The Promised World sounds good! I like psychological novels and books that leave me questioning thing.

  8. The Promised World sounds good! I like psychological novels and books that leave me questioning thing.

  9. I love when we don’t who to trust in a book!

  10. I love when we don’t who to trust in a book!

  11. I knew very little about this book before reading your review, but it does sound brilliant and like a book that would really intrigue me. I also love it when a book leaves you questioning motives and wondering who you can trust, and although this was not on my list before, it is now! Thanks, Swapna!

  12. I knew very little about this book before reading your review, but it does sound brilliant and like a book that would really intrigue me. I also love it when a book leaves you questioning motives and wondering who you can trust, and although this was not on my list before, it is now! Thanks, Swapna!

  13. I’m in agreement — love when I don’t know who to trust in a novel! Makes me zip right through the story.

  14. I’m in agreement — love when I don’t know who to trust in a novel! Makes me zip right through the story.

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