Today I am reviewing The Pact by Sharon Bolton. This was released on the 27th of May, published by Orion Publishing Group.
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 am instantly drawn to thrillers that involve a group of close knit friends hiding a secret from their past, (in this case their involvement in the death of a woman and two children) that if threatened to be exposed could destroy the lives they have built in the time since.
The difference in this one, and what makes it stand out, is that one takes the blame for them all and by doing so the others agree that they will each owe her a “favour” of her choice when she is released after serving her prison sentence. It’s the least they can do right?….
Sharon Bolton weaves an intricate tale that is slowly built up at first by setting the scene, before she releases her foot off the brake for a more thrilling and actioned pack second half. When Megan is released from prison, this is when it gets really good and the tension and suspense ramps up.
The characters are all very unlikeable, entitled you know what’s, each have moved on without much thought for Megan or following through on their promise when she comes to collect, but it works in this space and doesn’t hinder the story in any way. I feel it enhances it all the more.
The Pact is a thrilling and additive read that I found to be very entertaining. My first book by Sharon Bolton, she is now on my radar and I will be on the lookout for more of her work in the future.
Thank you to Sharon Bolton, Orion Publishing Group and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Pact, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Sharon Bolton
Sharon (formerly SJ) Bolton grew up in a cotton-mill town in Lancashire and had an eclectic early career which she is now rather embarrassed about. She gave it all up to become a mother and a writer.
Her first novel, Sacrifice, was voted Best New Read by Amazon.uk, whilst her second, Awakening, won the 2010 Mary Higgins Clark award.
In 2014, Lost, (UK title, Like This, For Ever) was named RT Magazine’s Best Contemporary Thriller in the US, and in France, Now You See Me won the Plume de Bronze. That same year, Sharon was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library, for her entire body of work.