Published by Bookouture on February 27th 2018
Genres: Adult, Psychological, Thriller
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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, and how she got there, but she can’t speak the words out loud.
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.
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.
At the heart of the story is every parents worst nightmare, losing a child. In this time when social media is such a prevalent part of everyone’s lives, as a parent we know the danger is out there, but we never think it is going to happen to our child. This is such a story, it will give you the chills and make you think.
The story is told 3 POV’s. Rosie, Toni, her mother and Bridget her aunt. Rosie is just your typical teenage girl. She wants to fit in, be like the other girls, talk to boys, go to parties. All of this is hard to do when you have a mother who is so over-protective that she does random spot checks on our phone and internet. When Rosie starts chatting with a boy she’s is heaven. He says all the things she wants to hear, he’s sweet and cute too. He is even interested in her roles in drama and her dreams of becoming an actress. What more could a girl ask for? The more I read, I began to wonder if he was just faking it all, pranking her? Was it all too good to be true? Rosie is so blissfully happy she doesn’t even stop to think about anything but how he makes her feel. But all the secretiveness and the lies and deceit leads her down what could be a deadly path.
Toni is a single mom, it is clear how much she loves her daughter, yes she is a little over protective. As a mother, I think most of us are probably a little over protective at times, it’s in our nature. We want what is best for our kids. And given Toni’s upbringing and the horrible abuse she endured, I wouldn’t honestly expect her to be any less protective of her daughter. Bridget, Toni’s sister, didn’t have it any better growing up but has always been there for Toni and Rosie. And I think there isn’t anything she wouldn’t do for either of them. Something happened in their past and together they have this “pact”, they don’t talk about it, and Rosie doesn’t know what it is about or how it came to be either. But it has held their family together all this time. But will the events that unfolded be enough for one of the sisters to break the pact?
Through the alternating POV’s each of the characters pasts are given a little at a time. With Rosie however, it is a lot of back and forth, it is jumbled. She doesn’t know where she is or how she got there. While reading her’s, my heart hurt so badly for her. But between all three POV’s, all the pieces slowly come together, the how and who, and the suspense just kept building and in a few places I caught myself holding my breath. This has no shortage of twists, and biggest one being right at the end. Man, was it good…
The Pact was more than just a psychological thriller, sure it had it’s fair share of suspense but it also had family at the heart of it. This is one author that I will be keeping an eye for more books from.
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