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Review: The Pact by S. E. Lynes @bookouture

The pACTYou made a promise to your sister. It could destroy your daughter.
The 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.

The Mother: 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 happened to them 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.

The Pact: 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 by S. E Lynes is a story about secrets, obsession and deception. Bridge and Toni are sisters harboring a deadly secret which led to a pact between the two. Rosie is Toni’s daughter. A daughter that she determined to protect at all costs.

This story is narrated by the three MCs through alternating POVs. It took a little while for me to get the flow of the book and follow the narration. The author used an interesting, unique style to tell the story. It sounds conversational, confessional such that I felt like an eavesdropper. Using this style, the narrative was rolled out gradually with tension and twists unfolding with each chapter. The author managed to shift between different timelines seamlessly hence providing back stories for all the characters. The entire time that I was reading the book, I knew that something bad had either just happened or was about to happen. However, I really couldn’t guess until the author started dropping the clues.

The Pact is wonderfully written, compelling read. It is not the kind of book filled with non-stop action and huge twists. However, it does have a clever plot that kept me guessing to the end. It also has a twist in the final pages that was unexpected and just perfect. I really liked the relationship between the sisters and the daughter/niece, Rosie. I also enjoyed how different themes such as parenthood, family, social media culture were interwoven to create such a fascinating story. What a fabulous read!


21 comments on “Review: The Pact by S. E. Lynes @bookouture

  1. Coffee Shop Book Review
    February 26, 2018

    This sounds very good. At first, I thought it was Jodi Picoult’s novel, lol. Great review.

    • Diana
      February 26, 2018

      Yeah, it was an interesting read 🙂

      Jodi has a book by the same title. I read it years ago. This book’s title also reminded me of her book although the story lines are totally different.

  2. Laila@BigReadingLife
    February 26, 2018

    Sounds good! I love a clever plot that keeps me guessing!

    • Diana
      February 27, 2018

      It was great, Laila.

  3. ChrissiReads
    February 26, 2018

    I do enjoy a clever plot. Some thrillers are so predictable.

    • Diana
      February 27, 2018

      I think that you would like this one Chrissi.It surprised me with the twists 🙂

  4. cleopatralovesbooks
    February 26, 2018

    I do like the sound of the conversational style – it’s hard to pull off well but it is so compelling when it works. One for my list – thank you!

    • Diana
      February 27, 2018

      It worked really well in this book. It felt as if the narrators were telling each other the story and readers are just listening in. I really liked it. Thank you 🙂

  5. Renee (Itsbooktalk)
    February 27, 2018

    Oooh, I love clever plots! Sounds like this one really worked for you Diana!

    • Diana
      February 27, 2018

      It was really good, Renee. I liked the surprises and the fact that it kept me guessing up to the final twist.

  6. Yvo
    February 27, 2018

    Great review! I do love a slower psychological thriller every once in a while… And clever plots are a huge bonus. Good to hear you enjoyed it!

    • Diana
      February 27, 2018

      This one was perfect in that aspect. I tend to avoid slow paced thrillers but once in a while, I find one that works well with a slow pace. That is what happened with this one. Thank you 🙂

  7. Inge | The Belgian Reviewer
    February 27, 2018

    I love the tagline on the book already, what a choice to make, your sister or your daughter…. I’m happy to hear it kept you guessing till the end and was great read!

    • Diana
      February 27, 2018

      Thanks Inge.This was a winner,I enjoyed it.

  8. Abby
    February 27, 2018

    Excellent review Diana! It makes me want to read it. And that cover! It’s eye catching and draws me in.

    • Diana
      March 9, 2018

      Sorry, I missed your comment Abby. Just seen it now. I am so glad that my review convinced you to consider reading this title and yes, I like the cover too 🙂

  9. suckerforcoffe
    March 2, 2018

    Just by the Synopsis I’m hooked, and that cover is beautiful. It’s like it has a story to tell on its own. Love the review!

    • Diana
      March 9, 2018

      Thank you and you are so right about the cover. It certainly is part of the story. Thank you 🙂

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