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Publisher's Summary

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. 

Eighteen-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.... 

Richard & Judy best-selling author 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)

"A perfectly paced plot." (Jo Spain) 

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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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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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  • Undine
  • 12-07-2021

Buy NOW

Will not disappoint!!! I did not expect the ending.
Great character, plot, narration!!!!😋 buy now.


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  • 08-07-2021

Creepy and twisted, just how I like em !!!

The story was a twisted psychological ride. Loved it. It was my first book by this author. I will be looking into other books from Sharon Bolton.

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  • lisa
  • 15-06-2021

wow!!!

My first book by this author but not my last! couldn't believe this got a bad review. Very twisty, but well put together. Narration was excellent and the story was told so well. Don't pass on this one!

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  • jnappi1117
  • 09-09-2021

Boring

I hate leaving negative reviews but it took me 2 weeks to finish, most of the time re-listening to chapters just to try and become engaged. Ending as awful as the rest. Skip.

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  • OHBrita
  • 26-08-2021

Once in a While

This audiobook was fabulous. There are six characters. Learn the names & backgrounds as the story progresses and you’re golden! I don’t want to spoil so I won’t say more. The perfect story for a road trip, the beach, etc. The plot will draw you in & you won’t want it to end. It’s so nice to listen to something good once in a while.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-08-2021

Dumb read

Listening to this asinine audiobook is a stupid waste of time. A real shame, as this is my first exposure to Audible.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-06-2021

Original story line

Slow beginning. Fabulous middle which kept me guessing and hooked. The protagonist is likeable and I really rooted for her.
The ending seemed quick and a bit disappointing but it didn’t spoil the book too much.

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  • Mrs G
  • 09-06-2021

Could not put down

wow this story was so good, so many twists
could not put it down. Great read

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  • Lynette
  • 02-06-2021

Outstanding!!

I couldn't put it down till it was finished (@4am!)
I fould this story totally gripped me from start to finish. Incredibly well written. I was invested in each character, as I felt that I really knew them. The end totally took me by surprise 😱🤔 very well narrated!! Well done Sharon Bolton another 5* from me

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  • Debs
  • 02-07-2021

Brilliant!

I was gripped from start to finish in this story. My favourite audible book so far this year. Sharon never disappoints and The Pact is yet another fantastic book, as well as audible, added to my collection of hers. Hanako narrates it so well.

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  • ann
  • 26-06-2021

Brilliant

Best book I have listened to in a long time
I will try her other books

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-08-2021

Gripping until the end.

Beautifully narrated without that annoying trend to imitate a male voice or attempt a regional accent.
Great story with some interesting twists and will look out for more of this author’s work and this narrator.
Recommended

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  • David Buckley
  • 29-07-2021

Superb!

Excellent!! Brilliantly written and superbly plotted! Thrilling and thought-provoking, keepiing the reader intrigued all the way through to the end! Would highly recommend!

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  • Sorrell Kinley
  • 25-06-2021

Fascinating idea for a story-a little let-down by narrator

I gave this 4* overall as it did keep me listening right to the end and Sharon Bolton’s plot is full of twists and interesting reveals throughout. The premise is a great one- six, bright young things in Oxford caught up in a terrible deed that leads to a lifetime of regret, revenge and vengeance.

At times, I found Hanako Footman’s narration over-bearing and she mis-pronounces some key words-‘Magdalen’, the Oxford college, should be ‘Maudlin’…pedantic, I know, but it bugged me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-08-2021

Brilliant

I was concerned by some of the reviews but decided to go with it and I'm so glad I did. wow fantastic book!

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  • Katherine Player
  • 20-09-2021

Excellent

Never written a review before but this was one of the best audio books I’ve listened to. Really well narrated and a gripping story.

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