Title: The Pact
Author: Amy Heydenrych
Year of publication: 2019
One sentence review: Different book, great thriller, draws you in but lags a little in the middle.
Where I got it: Readers First
Time to read: About a week
Who’d enjoy it: Lovers of twisty crime/suspense novels
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/ 5
Freya grew up in foster care and she never thought she’d amount to much. It turns out she’s a coding genius though, and when she lands her dream job at ‘Atypical’ she can’t believe her luck.
To top it all off, she meets her dream man, Jay. Jay is everything she wants and more. He “gets” her. They have everything in common. Jay “sees” her.
As with all things, it doesn’t stay perfect for long. Turns out Jay’s ex, Nicole, also works at Atypical and it doesn’t take long for Nicole to start making Freya’s life a living hell. She goes and speaks to the boss in an attempt to sort everything out but it falls on deaf ears.
Freya and Jay decide to take matters into their own hands and play a prank on Nicole. But the next day, they get the news that Nicole has been murdered.
What I loved
This book plunges you straight in. You’re not waiting around too long for the action to begin. It’s a great pace too with short chapters.
The character development is interesting, yet I didn’t feel particularly connected to any of them. I would say I felt warmer towards Isla than Freya. I loved that the book totally kept you guessing about who killed Nicole. Just as I thought I’d sussed it the book threw a curveball.
One of my pet hates is a book being awesome all the way through and then the ending being so totally ridiculous that it would never happen. I want it to be within the realms of possibility. This book did not disappoint.
I really enjoyed the development of the relationship between Simon and Isla throughout the book. It was definitely something that kept me hooked.
The book is told from the point of view of Freya and Isla. The chronology jumps about a little too, but I didn’t find this too confusing as I often do which is always a winner!
What I didn’t love
The book felt like it lagged in the middle for around 100 pages or so. I feel like the story could have been told just a little quicker. Even so, it’s worth going through that to get to the ending.
This is well worth a read. I’ve never read anything by the author before but I would definitely read more. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed it and totally recommend it.