It’s an honour to be kicking off the blog tour for ‘The Pact’ by Amy Heydenrych today – huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for the blog tour invite, and to Zaffre for the ARC. Here is my review:
When Freya arrives at her dream job with the city’s hottest start-up, she can’t wait to begin a new and exciting life, including dating her new colleague Jay.
However, Nicole, Jay’s ex and fellow employee, seems intent on making her life a misery. After a big deadline, where Nicole continually picks on her, Freya snaps and tells Jay about the bullying and together they concoct a revenge prank.
The next morning, Nicole is found dead in her apartment . . .
Is this just a prank gone wrong? Or does Freya know someone who is capable of murder – and could she be next?
What does TWG think?
‘The Pact’ just oozed promise! If you like your books to have a strong ‘whodunnit?’ feel to them, then this will be right up your street. Personally, I felt that the secretive premise and the uncertainty of the characters, really grabbed my attention. We all know that bullying isn’t acceptable, but then again is revenge acceptable either?
I loved how the author crafted her characters, ensuring that her readers believed in Freya’s emotions and the troubles she faced with Nicole. Given the nature of the storyline, I was very impressed by the character direction as their personalities could have gotten quite lost in amongst everything else, and they didn’t. Which is good!
Whilst I enjoyed the overall building blocks of ‘The Pact’, I did feel as though the storyline wasn’t consistent. I do realise that suspense novels like this, do need the slow pace to build the tension and what not, however the storyline seemed to peak and then nosedive back to a pace that made me feel as though I was reading a different book. Amy Heydenrych is an extremely talented writer, and I loved her delivery during the moments where the book blindsided me and left me on the edge of my seat. I just really wish that it was like that the entire way through.
All in all, ‘The Pact’ is an intriguing read which delivers suspense, intensity and character personalisation with great force.
The Pact will be published on the 28th November by Zaffre Books – pre-order now from Amazon