Posted: April 25, 2018
OBOC 2018 selection - Linwood Barclay's Broken Promise

For Immediate Release

2018 One Book, One Community Selection is Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay

April 26, 2018 – This morning, at a special event hosted by Sorbara Law in UpTown Waterloo, the One Book, One Community committee announced that the 2018 selection is Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay.

In Broken Promise disturbing secrets of a quiet, small town are coming to light. Unemployed journalist, David Harwood, has returned to his childhood home in Promise Falls with his young son. As he finds his own life in freefall, he stumbles across an epic family secret. Visiting his cousin Marla, he discovers she is secretly raising a child who is not her own--a baby she claims was a gift from an "angel". When the baby's real mother is found brutally murdered, David sets out to piece together what happened, even if it means in doing so he might prove his own cousin’s guilt. As David starts asking questions about the murder, other strange things begin to happen in Promise Falls. Someone has decided that the entire town must pay for the sins of its past . . . in blood. Broken Promise is the first in the Promise Falls trilogy.

Linwood Barclay is the #1 internationally bestselling author of seventeen novels for adults, two novels for children as well as screenplays. Barclay’s thriller, The Accident, has been turned into the six-part television series L’Accident in France. Several of his other books either have been, or still are, in development for TV and film. His first standalone thriller, No Time for Goodbye, was #1 on the UK Bestseller List for 7 weeks and the top selling novel of the year there.

One Book, One Community, now in its 17th year, is the longest running community reading program in Canada. “OBOC”, as it is fondly referred to, celebrates the books and writing of Canadian authors. Through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book, OBOC has helped create a special sense of community in the Region.

“We are thrilled to have chosen New York Times Best-selling author Linwood Barclay and his novel Broken Promise for One Book. One Community 2018.” says Natalie Gibbons, Chair of One Book, One Community, “To quote the Globe & Mail : “If you haven’t discovered Linwood Barclay yet it’s time you did.” And what better way to start than by reading Broken Promise. Linwood Barclay is a wonderful example of a truly popular Canadian author who has international readership. We look forward to welcoming Linwood Barclay to our Region on September 25, 26 and 27.”

For more information about One Book, One Community and to learn about the author visits and other special programs, visit the official website at