(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Also by this author: Lies I Told
Published by HarperCollins on November 24th 2015
Genres: Adoption, Family, Law & Crime, Love & Romance, Young Adult
In the thrilling sequel to Lies I Told, Grace learns that the most difficult thing about pulling off the perfect crime is living with the consequences. Fans of Ally Carter, Cecily von Ziegesar, and Gail Carriger will love this thrilling, high-stakes novel, which deftly explores the roles of identity and loyalty while offering a window into the world of the rich and fabulous.Grace Fontaine was trained to carry out perfect crimes. But when a mistake was made the night her family tried to execute their biggest heist yet, her world fell apart.Haunted by the way she betrayed her brother, her friends, and Logan—the only boy she's ever loved—Grace decides she must return to the place every thief knows you should avoid: the scene of the crime.Returning to Playa Hermosa as a wanted criminal is dangerous. But Grace has only one chance to make things right. To do it, she has to use everything she's been taught about the art of the con to hunt down the very people who trained her: the only family she's ever known.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed book 1 in this duology, Lies I Told when I read it earlier this year. I loved the premise of this story and the characters and when everything went down in that last chapter and I turned the last page, I knew I had to get my hands on book 2 as soon as possible.
When I started Promises I Made, I was terribly concerned. Grace’s life has blown up and everything she wants and needs is out of reach. The boy she fell in love with and then betrayed… the mother she trusted who betrayed her … and the brother who is the only person she could count on is in jail for a crime that he was certainly not the mastermind. She decides that she has to go back to the one place she shouldn’t… Playa Hermosa. The town where everything went down, but she’s bound and determined to do everything she can to help her brother, even if that means turning on the only family she’s never known.
I loved that Zink really played up the consequences of the actions of Grace and her family. There was no sugar coating what they did and Grace certainly doesn’t get forgiveness easy. I was crushed when her relationship with Logan didn’t deter her from doing what her parents asked her to do, so when they are reunited in this book it was even worse. There is no way that Logan could easily forgive her for the things she has done to him and his family, and Zink certainly didn’t hold anything back.
I really enjoyed the suspense that Zink built up in this part of the story. Ultimately, to help her brother, Grace needs to provide the police with the real criminals in this story, and their experience makes this a bit of a challenge. I loved that she ended up finding confidants and that those people tie back to the first book. It was really amazing to see her get the things she should have had the first time around, and I loved that these two characters basically steal the show when it comes to the pages they are on.
Overall a fun and suspenseful duology, with an ending that will pull at your heartstrings! Perfect for fans of Ally Carter, Ashley Elston or Gail Carriger.