Harlan Coben is famous for his book series starring Myron Bolitar. Always full of mysteries and twists, the adventures of the amusing detective quickly conquer the reader.
The promisse is the eighth volume of this series, where Myron makes the mistake of making a promise to the teenage daughter of his childhood friend, Claire, and ends up getting himself into a mess. After hearing Aimee and his friend commenting about parties at home drunk, hitchhiking with even more drunk friends, Myron despairs and ends up asking the girls to call him when they need a ride, promising not to say anything to their parents.
It turns out that Aimee uses this offer for something much more serious and one morning she calls Myron asking for his help, acting mysteriously, the girl asks him to take her to a friend's house, but the next day she disappears. Myron then decides to investigate Aimee's whereabouts, making her mother what may be another promise that she cannot keep…
Anyone who has read any Harlan Coben book knows how the author's informal narrative makes reading lighter. The moments of high tension are broken with an ironic comment from a character or a comical situation, but without losing the suspense. In A Promessa, the author manages to surprise the outcome, giving small clues as to who is the real culprit. I admit that I noticed this tip, but it was by pure luck, a word just caught my attention and I managed to connect the dots. That's how Coben works.
“Man plans and God laughs”
The plot takes place 6 years after Final Detail and after the events of The Deepest Fear, so anyone who is familiar with Myron's life will notice how everything has changed. His parents moved out and who's in the house now is just him. This jump in time was essential to the dramatic load of the story, as it explores the relationship between parents and children a lot and Myron needed a fatherly experience to be fully involved in this tense situation. It is funny how Harlan transforms the entire environment according to the current premise of his work, in this, for example, practically everyone involved is with children.
The promisse delivers yet another engaging adventure from Myron. We can notice that with each volume the author delves more into a personal question of the character, solving some dilemmas and maturing the detective complex. I advise that anyone who has not read any of Myron's stories, to read at least The Deepest Fear before this one, because even if none has a direct continuation, some facts are remembered and can leave the reader a little lost.