I am delighted to be part of the #BlogTour for the wonderful S.E Lynes to celebrate her latest psychological thriller THE PACT. My thanks to Kim Nash and all at Bookouture for arranging this tour.
About the book: 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, but she can’t speak the words out loud.
Toni is a doting and over-protective mother, terrified for her daughter’s life. Having lost her husband in a tragic accident, Toni has dedicated her life to keeping Rosie safe from harm. She needs to know what secrets Rosie has been keeping, and how she ended up in a hospital bed – but Toni has a secret of her own…
Thirty years ago, Toni and her sister Bridget made each other a promise: never to speak of their childhood; to protect each other without asking for help from others, no matter what…
But 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.
The Pact is a chilling psychological thriller about the lies we will tell to save our children. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, Apple Tree Yard and The Sister.
About the Author: After graduating from Leeds University, S E Lynes lived in London before moving to Aberdeen. In Aberdeen, she worked as a reporter, researcher and finally a producer at the BBC before moving with her husband, Paul, and two young children to Rome.
In Rome, she began to write while her children attended nursery. After the birth of her third child and upon her return to the UK, she gained an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University.
She now combines writing with lecturing at Richmond Adult Community College and bringing up her three children. She lives in Teddington.
My Review: The Pact is SE Lynes third standalone psychological thriller and possibly in my opinion her best yet.
The Pact is told through the 3 main characters point of view. Toni, the over protective mother, Rosie, the teenager desperate to be allowed some freedom to grow up and Bridget, the aunt who lives with Rosie and Toni due to a pact they made when they were children themselves.
The story begins with Rosie in hospital, unconscious and fighting for her life and through flashbacks the reader is taken on a journey back to the beginning to discover why she is in hospital and what the Pact Toni and Bridget made 30 years previously has to do with the present.
This book really does have all the ingredients for a gripping page turner. It was like completing a really tricky jigsaw and piece by piece the author revealed a little more, enabling the reader to see part of the puzzle but never the full picture until the final page.
Without doubt SE Lynes is fast becoming one of my favourite psychological thriller authors and one of a select few that I would read without even checking the blurb first.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who loves twisted, clever, gripping thrillers. 5 huge stars.