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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (563 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Tucker Narrator: Tanya Eby Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Now from the bestselling author of The Cure for Modern Life and Once Upon a Day comes a riveting story of suspense about a literature professor whose carefully constructed life is shattered after the death of her twin brother and the unraveling of the secret world they shared. On a March afternoon, while Lila Cole is working in her quiet office, her twin brother Billy points an unloaded rifle out of a hotel window, closing down a city block. “Suicide by police” was obviously Billy’s intended result, but the aftermath of his death brings shock after shock for Lila when she discovers that her brilliant but troubled twin—the person she revered and was closer to than anyone in the world—was not only estranged from his wife, but also charged with endangering the life of his middle child and namesake, eight-year-old William. As Lila struggles to figure out what was truth and what was fiction in her brother’s complicated past, her job, her marriage, and even her sanity will be put at risk. And when the hidden meaning behind Billy’s stories comes to light, she will have to act before Billy’s children are destroyed by the same heartbreaking reality that shattered her protector and twin more than twenty years ago. The Promised World is a mesmerizing tale of intimacy, betrayal, and lost innocence that will haunt listeners long after the last word. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Tucker excels at telling unexpected stories. In The Promised World, she hands the reader a solid marriage that is torn by tragedy…When the story’s underlying turns are revealed, and everything comes together, it makes terrific sense.”

    Denver Post

  • The Promised World is a book that will appeal both to readers of literary fiction and those who enjoy psychological suspense. It’s one of the standout novels of the year.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Tucker is a riveting storyteller whose book brims with a cathartic intelligence about the dark side of families and how we survive.”


  • “Engrossing and suspenseful, Tucker’s remarkable fourth novel unveils the motives behind the curious behavior and superfluous lies of unusually close-knit fraternal twins…[A] satisfying, imminently readable novel.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A compulsively readable story…Nothing is as it appears in this suspenseful, well-crafted look at truth and betrayal…A haunting, harrowing story.”

    Library Journal

  • “A masterfully told story that delves deep into the human psyche and examines the frailty of the human mind after a tragedy and the powerful, lifelong impact of childhood memories.”


  • Selected for the September 2009 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Paris | 2/4/2014

    " Fantastic! I couldn't put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jane | 1/11/2014

    " I enjoyed this book not because of beautiful writing, although the writing is fine. I liked the mystery of it. Who is crazy? is the question at the heart of the mystery this book is. It's the mystery of a dysfunctional family, several generations of dysfunction. Patrick is too good to be true, but that was fine with me. Lila certainly needed someone this good in order to survive. It was a page turner. Not like the book I'm currently reading, The Three Weissmans of Wesport, which is a page savorer...mostly because of its wicked humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andrea | 1/5/2014

    " I could not put this book down - The story opens when Lila, an English Professor as she learns her only sibling and twin Billy has died - suicide by cop. Her life comes unraveled then - she and Billy were "unnaturally close" especially according to her husband Patrick and Billy's wife Ashley. Lila has a breakdown and tries to overdose - but she is saved by Billy's children who have run away from home to live with their aunt. She is hospitalized and realizes that she can't remember entire parts of her youth - Billy use to fill in the blanks for her, but now she has to figure out her painful past. Patrick stands by his wife, even though he finds out much of her past is a lie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lindsay Murphy | 1/1/2014

    " Very disturbing! A great read about the effects of extreme psychological and physical abuse......I thought the character of Barbra was amazing. She was one f the most evil characters I have ever read about. "

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