Title: The Pact by Sharon Bolton
Date Published: 1st May 2021
Genre: Psychological Thriller
A golden summer, and six talented friends are looking forward to the brightest of futures – until a daredevil game goes horribly wrong, and a woman and two children are killed.
18-year-old Megan takes the blame, leaving the others free to get on with their lives. In return, they each agree to a ‘favour’, payable on her release from prison.
Twenty years later Megan is free.
Let the games begin . . .
I want to thank Tracy Fenton for inviting me on this tour and Trapeze for providing me with a copy of The Pact in exchange for an honest review.
I’m a huge fan of Sharon Bolton so I’m always excited when I hear she has a new novel out, especially after her last novel, The Split, was one of my top reads last year.
The story starts off with six friends, all about to get their A-level results and go off to university. That night they decide to do a dare, drive the wrong way down a motorway. Tragedy strikes and a family is killed. Megan agrees to take the blame but for a price, a favour when she gets released. They agree to the pact but once Megan is released she’s not going to leave them alone until she gets what she wants.
What I liked about this book is I went in expecting something very different but the author surprised me and took me in a much darker and devious direction.
None of the characters were likeable, they’re privileged, spoiled and more than a little selfish, but there was just something about them all that drew me in and made me want to carry on reading.
I don’t want to say too much about the story line because this is one of these novels that I think you have to go into knowing as little as possible to really appreciate it but all I will say was it was a little slow burn to begin with, the tension slowly going up and up until it all culminated in a nail biting ending.
The Pact is a well crafted psychological thriller that was compelling and cleverly plotted.
About The Author:
Sharon Bolton (previously S. J. Bolton) is the critically acclaimed author of some of the most bone-chilling crime books ever written. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. In 2014 she won the CWA Dagger in the Library for her whole body of work.
Sharon lives near Oxford with her husband and son.