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The Pact, S E Lynes

You 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, but she can’t speak the words out loud. 

The Mother:  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…

The Pact: 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. 

My review

This is the first book I’ve read by this author so I really didn’t know what to expect. Written from 3 different perspectives the writer immediately demonstrates her skill in providing each character a unique voice. There is a fourth voice here too but to tell you more about that would spoil it. 

Toni and Bridget have made a sacred promise, one that is their undoing because when Toni’s daughter gets herself into hot water there is little they can do except perhaps try and solve the mystery themselves. 

Rosie, a shy over-protected 15 year old is desperate for a male role model in her life and when she meets what she thinks is the ideal boy online she falls head first, at least over the airwaves, for what first appears to be the most amazing bloke imaginable. He’s everything she’s always hoped for and there is no way her mother is going to stop her from meeting him because she’s not going to tell her. 

A scary story overall because at its heart it contains every parent’s worst nightmare. How can a parent protect a child when they don’t know what’s going on in their life? Fast paced and enjoyable I read this in one sitting. 

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