Excited to be one of the bloggers kicking off S.E.Lynes’ blog tour today for ‘The Pact’. As always, thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:
You made a promise to your sister. It could destroy your daughter.
15-year-old Rosie lies in hospital fighting for her life. She’s trying to tell her mother what happened to her, and how she got there, but she can’t speak the words out loud.
Rosie’s mother Toni has a secret. She had a traumatic childhood, and she and her sister Bridget made each other a promise thirty years ago: that they could never speak the truth about what they went through as children, and that they would protect each other without asking for help from others, no matter what…
Rosie was Toni’s second chance to get things right: a happy, talented girl with her whole life ahead of her. Having lost her husband in a tragic accident, Toni has dedicated her life to keeping Rosie safe from harm.
But Rosie has plans that her mother doesn’t know about. She has dreams and ambitions – of love, of a career, of a life beyond the sheltered existence that her mother has created for her. But the secrets Rosie has been keeping have now put her life in danger.
In order to save Rosie, Toni may have to break her lifelong promise to her sister… and open doors to her past she hoped would remain closed forever.
What does TWG think?
Have you ever read a book and thought to yourself; ‘YES! THIS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR FROM THIS AUTHOR!’? Because I have, and it was this exact book which made those thoughts enter my mind like a great, big foghorn.
As parents, our children are our world. The lengths we would go to, to protect them are utterly insane. I’m sure that a lot of parents reading this review right now are probably sitting there, nodding their heads in agreement. Right? But what has all of this, got to do with S.E.Lynes’ new book? Easy….
I would love to be able to sit here and write my opinion on every single eventuality within this book, but, sorry to disappoint, I am not that mean. I urge every single one of you to go onto to Amazon right now, purchase this book, and be prepared to ignore the world whilst you sit and read this. I’m not even joking. Never in a million years have I read a book which made me stagger my breathing, reaching a point several percent later, where I seriously needed to get a rather large intake of breath.
‘The Pact’ is severely twisted as S.E.Lynes has the knack to remove logical thinking from the brains of her readers. I didn’t know what to believe, or who to believe. I didn’t know who to trust. Could I even trust the author or was she one of the bad guys as well? WHO WAS THE BAD GUY? Was there even a bad guy? Every page I read, a truck load more questions dropped into my lap. Is Rosie being a ‘typical teenager’? Is Toni being an overprotective mum? Are any of the characters who they say they are? I DON’T KNOW!
All I know is that ‘The Pact’ is an absolutely, flipping compelling read which ignited a fire in my belly from the very first page. S.E.Lynes took me on a journey I will never forget, that’s for sure.
I’ll say it again, this book is twisted. Psychologically twisted. Am I complaining? Am I heck! I cannot believe how well crafted each individual character in the storyline was! I was blown away by how their personalities fit in with the overall theme of the book, whilst still allowing the reader to form their own opinion of each characters decisions, making each person show various sides to their personalities in such an incredible manner.
Personally, I cannot fault this book at all – I have been waiting for the author to bring a book like this to the table, and by golly did she bring it!
Seriously, this book needs to come with a free oxygen mask or something, or reminders that readers need to breathe!!
Such a highly charged, spine tingling, fast paced novel which brought me out in such a cold sweat, I thought I was coming down with the flu. Absolutely phenomenal.
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