The Promotion, Nan Dale

Business & Finance, Family Saga, Literature & Fiction, Mystery & Suspense, Thriller & Psychological Thriller

Like many heavy hitters on Wall Street, John is an alpha male with good looks, intellect and the tenacity to run with the big dogs. His wife, Ruth, a former investment banker now turned Stay-At Home Mom, is every bit the perfect partner. 

John is steps away from achieving his lifelong dream of becoming a partner at a prestigious investment firm in New York City. When unanticipated events over the weekend put his promotion in jeopardy, he starts to question who is obstructing his career and why?

As life gets increasingly complicated, how far will John go to achieve his end and will he sacrifice his own values and those of his family to fulfill a lifelong dream? 

The Promotion is a thrilling novel that will take a look at what desire for success will do to a man. The story is an incredible one that will take readers on a dark path which is full of twists and turns galore. The plot examines the life of a man who has a desire to become ‘a partner at a prestigious investment first in New York City’ but the desire soon starts to wreck him, his life and his family. The plot is captivating and full of phenomenal literature that will compel, excite and hook its readers within the first few pages. If you are a reader who loves being taken on a turbulent and thrilling journey then The Promotion, written by the fantastic Nan Dale is for you.

The Promotion is a shocking novel that follows the protagonist of the story called John. John is a person who most men would aim to be, he is intelligent, the alpha male of the room and he is adorned with good looks. John’s wife Ruth is equally beautiful and highly smart as she is a former investment banker however she is now a stay at home mom. Jack and Ruth on the first appearance appear to be the perfect couple, but as the novel progresses the reader will witness the breakdown of their marriage because of John. John is not far away from achieving his lifelong dream; his dream is to be a partner at a prestigious investment firm in New York City, he can almost touch his dream, however, life is complicated and soon he will be on a downward spiral. Events occur and truths unravel and these truths and events put John’s promotion at risk. John must go on a journey to investigate why this is happening and how he can stop it but along the way, he neglects those he loves, his values and even damages his sanity in the hope of achieving his lifelong dream. The premise of the novel is this and it is utterly brilliant book lovers.

The story of The Promotion is one I love to read; psychological thrillers is one of my favorite book genres and Nan Dale, the author of The Promotion has mastered this genre with her incredible book. The story of The Promotion is one that will shock as well as entice you at the same time. Dale will flawlessly build suspense throughout her entire book, so much so that the tension is overwhelming (in the best kind of way!) and then all at once it explodes and when it does it is incredibly entertaining. The journey the reader goes on as they follow the protagonist John is profound, the reader will get an honest look and insight into what desire will do to a person and how if you are not careful, it can ruin your life as well as those around you.

Nan Dale is the author of The Promotion, and I have to admit I am impressed with her novel as it is flawless in my opinion. The description of The Promotion intrigued me, the mention of a man on a path to reach his lifelong dream fascinated me because we all know what power, greed and desire can do to a person. I was excited to read how Dale would portray these themes in her novel so you can imagine my delight when I started reading the story and realized she had represented the themes excellently! The topics laced throughout the book are ones that will have readers minds ticking over with thoughts as they are incredibly thought-provoking. The novel will ask its readers, with sublime messages throughout the story ‘what would you do?’ and as the reader reads the book, they can’t help but think just this. Dale writes her story in a compelling nature with many hidden messages and these messages will have its readers examining there own lives and how ruthless humanity can be… especially when promotions or even money is present in the situation.

Not only is Nan Dale an incredible author for compelling her readers to read with her thought-provoking literature, but she is also a phenomenal writer for her wonderful characterization and descriptions of events and settings. The characterization of John, in particular, was excellent and all readers will be able to relate to him in some way; every person has a dream so I admire John for his, although I do not respect the ways he tries to accomplish this dream! The character of John is one that will spark thoughts as you will either love or hate him but personally, I like him, I am between hate and love. He is a character that sparks the novel and propels it forward so I do admire him for this.

As The Promotion is a superb novel that will thrill, compel, and excite its readers with its remarkable plot and twisty-turning nature, I, of course, am going to award the story a thrilling five stars!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much and love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please, comment below and let me know your thoughts on The Promotion; do you see yourself reading this book? Let me know all of those brilliant thoughts of yours below! Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon U.S.! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for the Amazon U.K. I have also attached some links about the author and this wonderful book! Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this book.

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Thank you so much Aimee for posting a review, I am so pleased that you enjoyed reading my book. I started thinking about the plot several years ago while living in Brooklyn. I tend to have very vivid dreams, one of which entailed a disappearance in Brooklyn Heights. This dream stayed with me and as I pushed a double stroller with my two young kids at the time and an older 5-year old, I would walked through certain deserted streets of Brooklyn heights and think this is a perfect kidnapping spot! The story is inspired by my own career in… Read more »


Great looking book, I like the look of this one. Does it deal with many dark themes? Will have to read the preview and if I like it I will purchase it. Thanks for the great review Aimee

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