|| Book Review || The Pact by Sharon Bolton ||
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Age category: Adult
Release Date: May 27th 2021
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 . . .
Richard & Judy bestseller Sharon Bolton is back, with her twistiest thriller yet.
Many thanks to Orion Publishing Group for providing an e-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I picked this one up as a bit of a mood read. I’d never read anything by Sharon Bolton before but when I read the blurb it just sounded like a really interesting and exciting read and my god, I was NOT disappointed.
I literally finished this entire (nearly 400 pages) book in less than 24 hours. I couldn’t put it down and when I did put it down I was thinking about it and wondering what on earth was going to happen next.
So the basic idea with this one is you have a group of 6 privileged kids who attend a private school and are about to get their final exam results and start their future at university. Like typical teens though these kids dabble in a bit of drinking, parties etc and they come up with a very stupid and dangerous dare that they eventually all take part in.
Only the last time it results in a fatal accident.
Now this part of the book had my heart absolutely pounding. I was completely absorbed, shocked and then heartbroken by the turn of events and that all happened in about the first 15% so needless to say the pace is quite fast and you can consider yourself gripped pretty much from the very start!
Megan (the outsider of the group) offers to take the blame for what happened in exchange for a favour from each of her friends upon her release from prison (expecting to be inside for a relatively short amount of time on a drink driving charge/death by dangerous driving charge). It seems fair to expect this of her friends considering everything she is about to sacrifice for them right?
Jumping forward in the story Megan is released from prison after a much longer stretch than anticipated and she wants payback from the friends who she considers to have abandoned her.
They never visited her and all went on to carve very successful careers for themselves. All of the others have been living with fear, guilt and shame hanging over them for their entire lives. Always looking over their shoulders and wondering if Megan is going to tell the police how they were involved and so they are not at all happy to have Megan walk back into their lives and they work together to try to find the “proof” that Megan took and concealed of their involvement so that they can carry on living without the fear of losing everything.
Things just get absolutely crazy though. I mean this book was so full of twists and turns and literally keeps you guessing all the way through.
I actually did not suspect the ending at all and was completely enthralled. The plot is fantastic, maybe not perfect or entirely believable but sometimes that’s okay isn’t it? I felt that it really was with this one.
The suspense was driving me crazy and I couldn’t stop reading until I knew how it all worked out.
This certainly won’t be my last Sharon Bolton book!