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Promise Not to Tell: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

15 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

A Moving Story, but ends a little weak

This was a good, fast-paced novel, where the ghost story aspect played second fiddle to the greater story about shame and regret, and what happens to a person's heart and soul when they have to live with a decision they can never, ever take back. Kate, 41, returns to he...
This was a good, fast-paced novel, where the ghost story aspect played second fiddle to the greater story about shame and regret, and what happens to a person's heart and soul when they have to live with a decision they can never, ever take back. Kate, 41, returns to her childhood home in Vermont to try to make some decisions about what to do for long term health care of her mother who is afflicted with Alzheimers. The first night she is home, a young teenage girl is gruesomely murdered, and the details of that murder strongly resemble those of another girl, Delores 'Del' Griswold, who had been murdered some thirty years earlier. Ridiculed in life as 'the potato girl' for her dirt poor existence and outsider ways, her death has made her legendary, with every bad thing that ever happens in town being blamed on the ghost of the potato girl. Kate's own involvement with Del when they were children, and--in a desperate attempt to fit in with the popular crowd--her fateful decision to not stand up for her friend at a critical moment has haunted Kate for years. The novel is written in chapters that alternate between present day and thirty year old events, and as Kate begins to unravel the mystery of who killed Del all those years ago, she is granted the impossible gift to finally make amends. While I recommend the book, I did feel it was weak at the end. Without giving away the 'who-dun-it' of the story, the climax where Kate confronts the murderer while he/she is in the act of trying to commit a third murder just doesn't work. We are asked to picture four and then five people all standing in the same room discussing in a fairly calm and rational matter what happened to these girls while the murderer is also trying to kill a third victim. Uh-uh. Doesn't work. And we never get much of a look into the psyche of the murderer in the first place. Fortunately, the larger story of regret and redemption carry the story and make it a worthwhile read. I'll be watching for further works by this author.

posted by Anonymous on February 8, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Fast, interesting read -- weak end

As one or more previous reviewers have mentioned, this book read pretty well, but seemed to have an identity crisis, and ended very weakly. I couldn't tell from chapter to chapter what the author meant the book to be. I have to say I was surprised and disappointed when ...
As one or more previous reviewers have mentioned, this book read pretty well, but seemed to have an identity crisis, and ended very weakly. I couldn't tell from chapter to chapter what the author meant the book to be. I have to say I was surprised and disappointed when the ending got wrapped up in the most nonsensical manner, as if the publishers had said, "Get a move on, willya?" and she was forced to write the ending as quickly as possible. Her prose is enjoyable, but her characters were not very likable and I couldn't find myself caring about any of them (except for one distasteful scene about how cruel children can be).

I would read another book by this author to see if she grows and matures, but probably only if someone bought it and let me borrow it.

posted by Tweenthepages on April 6, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

    Promise Not To Tell

    I felt like I was there as the story was happening!

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

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    Promise Not To Tell

    Promise Not To Tell is a book that will leave you wanting more, as I read through the book I didn't want to put it down. The chill bumps that are sent through your body as you read this story will leave with nightmares. This is the story of Kate Cypher a 41 year old who returns to her old town of New Hope to take care of her sick mother. Upon returning Kate is faced with the past she has been running from for years, 31 to be exact. Now that Kate is back in her home town it is up to her to solve the murder mystery of her old school friend Del who was killed when they were in the fifth grade. Although Kate did nothing wrong physically she still feels as though she has something to do with the death and she must stop the killer who was never found. Will she be able to do it in time, or will the killer strike again? This is a must read. I have to admit that in parts it is confusing but it is worth a second read if you don't understand it the first time.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Couldn't put it down

    My daughter and I both loved this book, a must have!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    great read!!

    this book was one of my favorites. it's a mystery, but its still very realistic. i loved it because it combined the main character's past with her present, very interesting.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2008

    Great story

    I loved this novel! I couldn't put the book down from the moment I began to read it. The story line was great to follow and after every chapter I was left wanting more!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Good read

    I really enjoyed this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2013

    Very good story line. Realistic and believable.  A keeper for my

    Very good story line. Realistic and believable.  A keeper for my library.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Emma

    Cant wait to read the next book super exicted

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Loved it.

    Cant wait to read her next book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    Awesome book

    10 out of ten. Pretty amazing book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Battle

    So sorry. I have to go for a bit when i come back weel have fun.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Nightpelt

    Nightpelt~ ok. *dips his head.* i hope u two have many moons of happyness. *he turns around and pad away.*

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Moonfeather

    K

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Loved it

    Loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Highly recommended

    An original story. A real page turner. A must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Suspenseful

    Just when i know whats going to happen, it doesn't. Well written. A book you won't want to set down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Anonymous

    I am an 11 year old girl... i am good with creepy would this be a good choice or not appropriate!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    Gripping story!

    Loved it! Excellent potrayal of characters and a well layed out story. If u like stories like pans labrynth, you will like this novel. It will be nice to see this made into a movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Great read

    For those that like suspense, this has it all! I couldn't put it down. Buy it if you get the chance!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Promise not to tell

    I think its alsome book and am 11 and i think its a wonderful book and sad at the same time.:)ha ha got to love it

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