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    A great read.

    After reading the blurb for this story I knew that I had to read this book. The Friendship Pact is an engrossing standalone novel that will have you hooked from the start, and will keep you on the edge of your seat till the thrilling finale. Told from the present day to the past, the story follows Lucy and Adele’s unlikely friendship from when they were tweens, and how one tragic event, ties them together forever. The characters of Lucy and Adele in the past, could not be more chalk and cheese. Lucy comes from a wealthy family, where Adele is from the wrong side of the tracks. Alison does a good job at conveying that just because they are not cut from the same cloth, doesn’t mean their friendship was not a solid one and their bond at the start is unbreakable. But after the tragic events on that summer’s day, the girls are separated, and their friendship comes to an end, but not before they make a pact that will keep what they witnessed that day just between the two of them for the rest of their lives. When we are taken to the present, as older women, there is not much difference to them. Lucy has it all with wealth, a beautiful home and a husband who is a well respected cardiac surgeon. But what goes on behind closed doors is very different to how her life is portrayed to the outside world. For Adele, she still lives in the town where they grew up, is a single mother of two children and has a police record convicted of fraud. After a chance meeting when Lucy returns to their hometown, she asks for Adele’s help in escaping from her husband, but it may just end up being the worst mistake that Lucy has ever made! This is the first book I have read from Alison. I enjoyed her writing style and how she was able to build up enough suspense to keep me enthralled and reading well into the night. I highly recommend this book and I look forward to reading more of Alison’s work. Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Alison James for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Friendship Pact in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not biased in anyway.
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    Engaging thriller that will keep you on the edge !

    This is a fast paced domestic thriller that is hard to put down. I flew through the book in one afternoon! Lucy and Adele are well developed characters and their backstory brings richness to the present day mystery. Secrets tie them together, even when they don't particularly like each other. There's lots of tension, and the stories of the past and present are brought together in a satisfying conclusion. A great summer thriller! Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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    Thriller with a twist

    A fast moving packed story about domestic abuse and friendship,nothing seemed as it is. A real page Turner,good description of the character's. Must be on your reading list,do not want to write more to spoil the book.A must buy.
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    Excellent Book

    Once again I have devoured an Alison James book in a couple of days. And again, it is worthy of a full 5 stars. The Friendship Pact is a domestic thriller, centred around Lucy, a seemingly blessed housewife. Married to a cardiac surgeon, with a beautiful home, and a life full of social gathering, it soon becomes apparent that all is not as it seems, and we witness her struggle to escape a controlling and dangerous husband. The book then goes back in time to Lucy’s school days, and a pact she made with friend Adele decades ago, a friend that her family never approved of. An incident on one of their adventures leads to an everlasting connection that can never be spoken of. Will reconnecting with Adele be the escape she needs? It seems to be Lucy’s only option, but will this be her downfall or her saving? I enjoyed the way it went back and forth chronologically, and each time you learnt something new, or a twist hit you! Sometimes I don’t enjoy stories jumping back and forth as it can be confusing, but in this case it worked very well and only aided the story. There are plenty of twists and turns in this book and it kept me guessing throughout, I was thoroughly pleased with them all and enjoyed it immensely. This book was well written, with fully developed characters. I would highly recommend and I can’t wait for Alison’s next book to be written (despite this one not yet being out for general release!) Thank you to Netgalley, Bookouture and Alison James for my advance copy, in return for an honest review.
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    For people who loved Behind Closed Doors

    If you liked Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris, then you will already know what to expect from this novel. It's almost identical in plot and how it plays out. The most significant difference is the introduction of Adele Watts, former best friend of our main character, Lucy. Their friendship was an unlikely one. Lucy has never known anything but being wealthy and privileged, while Adele is now an ex-con who has lived in or near poverty her entire life. When we meet Lucy, she is nearing the breaking point of her marriage with a volatile, abusive, cardiologist husband, Marcus. Once she decides to get out of her situation, at any cost, Lucy reaches out to the one person she believes can help her, Adele. The novel is called The Friendship Pact, and the synopsis teases the secret kept between Adele and Lucy as a pivotal plot in the book. The mystery does come into play, we learn about it through a now-and-then flashback format, but as far as its plot significance, it's minimal. The Friendship Pact is split into three parts. The first part is gripping, although I had issues with the portrayal of abuse, in the same way, I did with Behind Closed Doors, but it is more believable and less exploitative and gleefully disturbing in this book. Once the story reaches its second and third act, all the urgency has seeped out. I found the second half of the book harder to get through, mainly because poor Lucy is passed from one abusive man to another (a mild spoiler, it's obvious). The plot becomes increasingly predictable too. You may figure it out before you reach the half-way mark, I did. Only one twist shocked me, and it ended the first part of the book. Another pet peeve I have with thrillers is the idea that everyone in the protagonists' world is oblivious, stupid, or evil. I understand these things can happen in real life, but some of the side characters' reactions didn't seem realistic. And speaking of side characters, there were several who served no real purpose. Should you read The Friendship Pact? It's not a bad thriller, it is engaging, and the author knows how to write in a gripping way. But after blowing through the first part of the novel in eagerness to find out what happened, you may find yourself as deflated as I did when the rest of the story takes a sharp decline into dullness. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the advanced copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review!
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