Well I’m delighted to be #CherryPopping once again and this time with Casey Kelleher and #ThePromise. When Noelle at #Bookouture contacted me and asked me to be a part of the #BlogTour my interest was piqued (Bookouture always pique my interest!) and then when I looked at the blurb, I was intrigued by the tag “it will engross fans of Martina Cole”. Although, I haven’t read any of Martina’s books for a long time, I was a big fan of her work, so I thought perhaps now is the time to settle myself back down to some #GrittyCrimeThrills! Let’s just say I was not disappointed!
What the blurb says:
Two sisters. One murder. And an unbreakable bond.
Growing up in squalor with their drug-addicted prostitute mother, sisters Georgie and Marnie Parker have had to endure the very darkest side of life.
When their mother is sentenced for brutally murdering a client, Georgie and Marnie’s already precarious lives are blown apart and they now share a terrible secret. Sent to a children’s home, the sisters hope this might finally be their safe haven after years of neglect. But they soon discover they’re in real danger.
Desperate to find a place of safety, Georgie and Marnie run for their lives, but end up in the hands of Delray Anderton. A violent London gangster and notorious pimp, Delray has big plans for beautiful teenager Georgie, seeing her as a chance to make some serious money.
Fiercely protective of each other, Georgie and Marnie must escape the clutches of a man who will do anything to keep the sisters for himself. And, they must keep the promise they made to each other – no one can ever know the truth.
I actually think I read this book without breathing! Seriously I started it and could not put it down, so fast paced and gripping was the plot! Josie Parker is having a major struggle bringing up her two girls, Georgie and Marnie. She’s trying to stay clear of the drugs but life has dragged her down to the very bottom and the draw of the escapism of just that one hit drags her back… Her descent back into addiction leaves her on her own, as her pimp, and all round Mr SuperBad man, Delray Anderton, throws her out of his fold – with no money and nowhere to turn she is forced to enter into a private arrangement with one of her clients which ends up with Josie in prison for murder and her girls taken into care. The plot will have you twisting, turning and screaming stop as your brain registers what is going on but there is no way out – you are hooked and you will not be able to put this book down until you have finished it!
Casey has created characters that you really should despise. My heart went out to Georgie and Marnie, neglected by their mother and left to fend for themselves while Josie was “entertaining” clients…you wanted to step into the pages of the book and rescue them from their plight and I found myself getting so angry at Josie for treating them this way. Yet Casey manages to turn your feelings right on their head and you realise that despite the surface neglect, underneath it all, Josie does care – she loves her girls and when she says everything she has done in life, she has done for them, the ultimate sacrifice. Sadly this story is true and it plays out in every city across our country – there are so many Josies’, Georgie’s and Marnie’s out there and The Promise invites you to delve deeper than the tabloid headlines and see the person behind the label, to try to understand what might lead someone down the path that they take…we all have a choice…but for some the choice is more restricted than others. My heart wept for them all throughout this book, they engaged me. connected me and Casey brought them to life for me. Delray – not so much weeping for him – oh Casey what a badass man you created there – him and Lenny made my skin crawl throughout – he was so not the #BadGuy we all want to love! I would have liked to find out a bit more about Delray though – what was his back story and what had led him onto the path that he had chosen – he has a serious hold over a lot of people and I’d have liked just a little more of the behind the scenes on him.
The Promise takes you on a journey through addiction, prostitution, abuse and people trafficking – it is not a candyfloss read that’s for sure but hopefully it will make people stop and think before they judge the lives that other people are forced to lead. It left me feeling like an emotional wreck, my heart was breaking for Josie and her girls and long after turning the last page I found myself hoping that they all come out the other end of this in one piece. It’s a fast paced, gritty but brutal read – powerful and compelling, it will leave you begging for more! Warning – once you start this then batten down the hatches because you are going nowhere until you are done!
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Born in Cuckfield, West Sussex, Casey Kelleher grew up as an avid reader and a huge fan of author Martina Cole.
Whilst working as a beauty therapist and bringing up her three children together with her husband, Casey penned her debut novel Rotten to the Core. Its success meant that she could give up her day job and concentrate on writing full-time.
She has since published Rise and Fall, Heartless, Bad Blood, The Taken and her latest release, The Promise.
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