Hello friends! I’m here again with another January read, I was really disappointed with this one as I’d had so many good reads prior to this and then I just felt really let down…
Anyway, before I give away my entire review here is my review of Promise You Won’t Tell by John Locke and you can read the synopsis on Goodreads here.
Overall rating 1 out of 5 stars.
Let me start by saying I’m SO glad this was free on Amazon because I would not have paid money to read this book.
I have a lot of issues with this book, and while I usually would try and find some positives to write about too I don’t feel this one had any.
The plot was at points downright crazy and unbelievable and when it wasn’t either of those things it was just plain terrible. What annoyed me most was that it could have been such a good book, if it had gone with the whole young girl being sexually assaulted, as it could have brought awareness to a younger audience and had a positive impact.
However, the author decided that he would rather be flippant about such a serious topic.
This book did not accurately portray the situation that it attempted to and everything within this plot was outlandish and just crap.
Character wise, Dani was the most unlikeable character I’ve ever had to read about, she was annoying, incredibly over the top and at points inappropriate. The whole book was from her POV, at points as if she was narrating the story to us and then as if we were Dani seeing it ourselves – there was no consistency with the way it was written.
Side note – there were points where Dani (an adult) was talking about and describing Riley (a minor) in ways that were just not appropriate and made me feel uncomfortable.
Riley wasn’t much better, at first I liked her, I felt sorry for her, but then as the story went on and we finally reached the end, I’d lost any ounce of respect for her.
There were a few other minor characters involved in the story too, who were just annoying, that’s the only way I can describe them. They added barely any value to the story and seemed like typical privileged white males, who think that women owe them something.
I also have an issue with how the author tried to portray Dani as if she was unsure if she was bisexual or lesbian or straight, the way he went about it was wrong, it made a mockery of people who are genuinely confused. It felt cheap and as though the author had only included it to just attempt to be seen as inclusive, when in fact it was the furthest from that.
This book just was a terrible read, that’s the only way I can summarise it!
Let me know if you’ve read this one though and what you thought as I’d love to hear your views.