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The Pact

By: Sharon Bolton
Narrated by: Hanako Footman
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A golden summer, and six talented teenagers are looking forward to the brightest of futures—until a daredevil game goes horribly wrong, leaving three strangers dead.

18-year-old Megan takes the blame for the crime, leaving her friends 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.

It is payback time.

And her friends start disappearing, one by one . . .

Richard & Judy bestseller Sharon Bolton is back, with her twistiest thriller yet.

©2021 Sharon Bolton (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"Deliciously compelling." (Daily Mirror)

"Delightfully dark." (The Times

"Addictive and thoroughly satisfying." (Jane Casey)

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A cracker

What a story ....couldn’t stop reading to this. Loved it a lot. Quite a book.

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cheesy

more like a soap opera than a thriller. would not recommend if you after decent writing and a plausible story

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Enjoyable read

A good story with surprising twists, enjoyable read with relatable thoughts and minds of characters.

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Disappointing

Not very plausible and pretty disappointing hard to connect with any character and no suspense.

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Loved it

Loved this book. Superb audio narration and a gripping story. Highly recommend it. 5 stars.

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Clever psychological thriller Bolton style

I’ve devoured every single book by Sharon Bolton and I just love the way her mind works. She is not called the Queen of Gothic for nothing! When I read the synopsis for her latest book, THE PACT, I knew I would be in for another treat.

A night of partying and a drunken dare between six friends ends up in a terrible hit-and-run accident that kills a mother and her two young children. Even though she was just a passenger in the car that caused the accident, eighteen-year-old Megan agrees to take the fall for it to protect her friends. They make a pact that she will serve prison time, but they will stand by her, and each of them will owe Megan one favour – anything she asks. Now, twenty years later, Megan is back. Her former friends haven’t kept their side of the bargain, and she is ready to collect the debts she is owed ...

What a deliciously dark, twisted tale this was! Each of the friends have moved on with their lives, trying to forget the accident that sent Megan to jail, and, even worse, pretend that Megan never existed. With an eye for the darker corners of the human psyche, Bolton explores the friendship dynamics between this bunch of unlikeable, privileged, arrogant people, which left me speechless at times. I loved seeing the friendships unravel as panic takes hold on Megan’s return into their fold.

Bolton is a skilled writer and her story is intricately constructed, so the clues are revealed slowly, as layer after layer is peeled away. I must say that I was firmly in team Megan as her shitty friends were trying to cut her out of their lives. But of course with Bolton nothing is black and white, and the surprises kept coming as the story took a more and more sinister turn.

THE PACT is one of those dark, twisty and cleverly crafted psychological thrillers from a master of the genre that will keep you spellbound from beginning to end. I couldn’t put it down! And finally, when I thought I had it all worked out, came the fast-paced, adrenaline fuelled and totally unpredictable finale. Bravo! One of the best thrillers I have read this year and definitely one for my favourites list. Highly recommended to readers who love a clever psychological thriller that features fascinating friendship dynamics and a constant undercurrent of escalating danger and menace.

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Not sure

I don’t understand why Daniel did it and what did Felix have to do with it? Why did Daniel kill the others? So many unanswered questions.

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