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The Pact: A dark and compulsive thriller about secrets, privilege and revenge

Sharon Bolton

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Crime & mystery

A gripping, twisty and clever thriller from Richard & Judy bestseller Sharon Bolton about class, obsession, betrayal, and revenge

'Deliciously compelling' Daily Mirror
'Delightfully dark' The Times

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.

18-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 . . .


'Addictive and thoroughly satisfying'
Jane Casey
'A perfectly paced plot' Jo Spain

Richard & Judy bestseller Sharon Bolton is back, with her twistiest thriller yet.

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Praise for The Pact: A dark and compulsive thriller about secrets, privilege and revenge

  • Sharon Bolton brilliantly skewers a group of over-privileged rich kids. It's a pleasure to watch them discover that actions have consequences as the plot unfolds. Fast-moving, addictive and thoroughly satisfying, this is another winner from one of my favourite crime writers. - Jane Casey, author of LET THE DEAD SPEAK

  • The Secret History for Millennials - the twists start early and only get tighter in this compelling thriller about betrayal, crime and class. - Belinda Bauer, author of EXIT

  • Clear your diary and knock off your phone because you won't be able to put this book down. With THE PACT, we're in the hands of a master thriller writer, one who builds the tension with a perfectly paced plot until a breathless, shocking conclusion. - Jo Spain, author of THE PERFECT LIE

  • Another terrifying, shudder-making, utterly compulsive read from Sharon Bolton. - Jill Mansell

  • A clever, compelling and unexpected story with a rich cast of diverse characters. I've long been a fan of Sharon Bolton's writing, but she has excelled herself with The Pact. - Rachel Abbott

  • Not many books are truly unputdownable, but you can add The Pact to that coveted list. This book is so compelling, so addictive, it had me hooked from the first chapter to the last. Get this one on your summer list! - Samantha Downing, Sunday Times bestselling author of My Lovely Wife and He Started It

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Sharon Bolton

Sharon (formerly S J) Bolton grew up in a cotton-mill town in Lancashire and had an eclectic early career in marketing and public relations. She gave it up in 2000 to become a mother and a writer.
Her first novel, Sacrifice, was voted Best New Read by, whilst her second, Awakening, won the 2010 Mary Higgins Clark Award (part of the prestigious Edgars) in the US. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger, the Theakston's Prize for Best Thriller, the International Thriller Writers' Best First Novel award, the Prix Du Polar in France and the Martin Beck award in Sweden.

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