Book Review: The Pact by Sharon Bolton

“Let the games begin…”

Set to be released on 27th May, The Pact by Sharon Bolton follows six talented friends who 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.


Thank you to NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A compulsive and fast-paced psychological thriller, The Pact is an absolute page-turner and one that I was constantly excited to pick back up again (not that I gave it much opportunity to be put down!).

I was invested in the characters from the very start. They all feel very genuine and not once did I think they act unbelievably in this unimaginable situation. I warmed to them all in the first part of the book but then wanted to throw them all under the bus by part two. Once a young and tight-knit group of friends, twenty years later their lives are turned upside down when they realise that their privilege can’t get them anywhere anymore.

I didn’t see the end coming at all and was absolutely gripped throughout. The tension will have you devouring this as quickly as possible as the explosive surprises and intelligent plotting will have you desperate for the torment to end.

I have only read one other book by Sharon Bolton previously which I didn’t particularly enjoy, but this is definitely a book that I recommend.


The Pact by Sharon Bolton
Release Date: 27th May 2021
Print Length: 335 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
Publisher: Trapeze

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