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 . . .
Oh how I LOVE the psychological thrillers from the pen of Sharon Bolton who never once comprises on quality of writing or characterisation to deliver said thrills but always creates scenarios you can actually imagine happening to people you believe are real.
So we come to The Pact, in which a group of young friends with their whole lives ahead of them make a fatal mistake that will haunt them for years. One of their number takes the blame, letting the just as guilty rest off the hook. Yet she doesn’t realise what she’s letting herself in for and 20 years later a whole plethora of pigeons will come home to roost.
There’s your highly addictive premise and this is a book you inhale. The group dynamic the author creates is absolutely riveting, with characters you’ll love to hate to love, will root for and the opposite – plus the final outcome is unpredictable and intelligently plotted.
The writing is superb, the gently layered twists delivered pitch perfectly – themes of privilege and self esteem embedded within and a story that holds you enthralled until you turn the final page.
I loved it. Set in and around Oxford, a place I know well, only made it more real and the authentic scene setting was another huge plus here. Great cover too.
Highly recommended. Make sure you dont miss it fellow fans of psychological drama.