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Summary

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. 

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. Let the games begin.... 

Richard & Judy best-selling author Sharon Bolton is back with her twistiest thriller yet.

©2021 Sharon Bolton (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

Critic reviews

"Deliciously compelling." (Daily Mirror)

"Delightfully dark." (The Times

"Addictive and thoroughly satisfying." (Jane Casey)

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Fascinating idea for a story-a little let-down by narrator

I gave this 4* overall as it did keep me listening right to the end and Sharon Bolton’s plot is full of twists and interesting reveals throughout. The premise is a great one- six, bright young things in Oxford caught up in a terrible deed that leads to a lifetime of regret, revenge and vengeance.

At times, I found Hanako Footman’s narration over-bearing and she mis-pronounces some key words-‘Magdalen’, the Oxford college, should be ‘Maudlin’…pedantic, I know, but it bugged me.

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Original story line

Slow beginning. Fabulous middle which kept me guessing and hooked. The protagonist is likeable and I really rooted for her.
The ending seemed quick and a bit disappointing but it didn’t spoil the book too much.

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Outstanding!!

I couldn't put it down till it was finished (@4am!)
I fould this story totally gripped me from start to finish. Incredibly well written. I was invested in each character, as I felt that I really knew them. The end totally took me by surprise 😱🤔 very well narrated!! Well done Sharon Bolton another 5* from me

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Gripping until the end.

Beautifully narrated without that annoying trend to imitate a male voice or attempt a regional accent.
Great story with some interesting twists and will look out for more of this author’s work and this narrator.
Recommended

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Brilliant

Best book I have listened to in a long time
I will try her other books

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Could not put down

wow this story was so good, so many twists
could not put it down. Great read

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Brilliant!

I was gripped from start to finish in this story. My favourite audible book so far this year. Sharon never disappoints and The Pact is yet another fantastic book, as well as audible, added to my collection of hers. Hanako narrates it so well.

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Excellent

Never written a review before but this was one of the best audio books I’ve listened to. Really well narrated and a gripping story.

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Superb!

Excellent!! Brilliantly written and superbly plotted! Thrilling and thought-provoking, keepiing the reader intrigued all the way through to the end! Would highly recommend!

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Brilliant

I was concerned by some of the reviews but decided to go with it and I'm so glad I did. wow fantastic book!

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  • 15-06-21

wow!!!

My first book by this author but not my last! couldn't believe this got a bad review. Very twisty, but well put together. Narration was excellent and the story was told so well. Don't pass on this one!

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  • OHBrita
  • 26-08-21

Once in a While

This audiobook was fabulous. There are six characters. Learn the names & backgrounds as the story progresses and you’re golden! I don’t want to spoil so I won’t say more. The perfect story for a road trip, the beach, etc. The plot will draw you in & you won’t want it to end. It’s so nice to listen to something good once in a while.

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  • Undine
  • 12-07-21

Buy NOW

Will not disappoint!!! I did not expect the ending.
Great character, plot, narration!!!!😋 buy now.


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  • 08-07-21

Creepy and twisted, just how I like em !!!

The story was a twisted psychological ride. Loved it. It was my first book by this author. I will be looking into other books from Sharon Bolton.

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  • jnappi1117
  • 09-09-21

Boring

I hate leaving negative reviews but it took me 2 weeks to finish, most of the time re-listening to chapters just to try and become engaged. Ending as awful as the rest. Skip.

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  • Megan
  • 29-09-21

Amazing Original Story

This was my first book by Sharon Bolton and I'm blown away. It was such a great and original story, with a twist I did not see coming at the end!

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  • traci
  • 25-02-22

Narrator

She is absolutely fantastic!! Good story too! Just buy it. Totally worth the credit. Excellent

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  • Maria Isaacs
  • 18-02-22

Wow!

Just wow! I couldn't stop listening! All the twists and I had idea til the end

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  • MA Reviewer
  • 14-02-22

A 10-Star Read!

This 10-star book is sinister, unsettling, smart, and riveting -- all at the same time.

The "group of friends with a secret about an incident that happened during adolescence" is not a new premise.

Leave it to talented author Sharon Bolton to take an overplayed and "blah" premise and create an incredibly tense psychological thriller that is tightly woven, intricately plotted, and unputdownable.

All of the protagonists in this book are unlikeable, deeply flawed, and vividly portrayed. The book features multiple twists and turns with more red herrings than a fish store.

The narration was superb.

"The Pact" is a book you won’t want to miss. It's my second Sharon Bolton book and I look forward to listening to more titles by this talented author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-01-22

KEPT MY GUESSING!

Totally guessed this one wrong, The
"Ah hah" moment only came after the reveil!

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