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 a huge fan of Sharon Bolton, and The Pact is another huge feather in her cap.
It is an original take on the psychological thriller, with a fresh premise and some real morality questions. You cannot possibly predict what is going to happen: it is not like a straight whodunit or police procedural, and lines between the good and the bad become increasingly blurred.
The Pact has a small cast of largely unlikable, flawed characters, although some come across better than others, and Megan herself is complex and paradoxical. It is an excellent representation of shifting loyalties, crumbling friendships and the insidious impact of guilt.
The story is compelling and full of tension, and a creeping sense of dread. I did not guess where the story was going and I do think you should simply jump into The Pact without knowing too much about it. I very much look forward to seeing what is next from Sharon Bolton.
Thank you to the publisher and Tracy Fenton for my copy of the book.