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