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    Couldn't Stop Thinking About This Book!

    WOW! I can’t stop thinking about The Pact by S.E. Lynes. This is a story about two sisters, Toni and Bridget, who formed a pact 30 years ago when they were children. The promise to one another was they could never speak the truth about their abusive childhood, and they would always protect one another without involving others. The author grabbed my attention at the very beginning and brilliantly kept me on the edge of my seat as I tried to figure out what was going on. You know that something bad has happened and little by little the layers are peeled away to reveal more. I loved all three of the main characters, Toni, Bridget, and Rosie (Toni’s teenage daughter). Through these characters you are able to see how childhood abuse affects each of them in different ways over a period of many years. Each chapter was told from a different point of view. I did find I needed to be focused while reading because of the way it would switch from points of view as well as back and forth in time. Overall I thought this was a very perplexing and cleverly written thriller. The author did a great job telling the character’s troubled backstories. The build-up to the ending was amazing. The truth is carefully masked right up to the novel’s conclusion and the little twist at the end was totally unexpected. I would definitely read more from S.E. Lynes and recommend The Pact to anyone who loves a good psychological thriller. Five out of five stars for The Pact!!! Thank you S.E. Lynes, Bookouture, and NetGalley for providing me with a review copy of this book to read.
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    Not my favorite story way too much jumping around not only between past and present,but also between character perspectives. The suspence was good near the end but I felt exhausted by the time it got there.
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    Not worth rating!!!!

    Have not finished the book, and I doubt if I will!! A most difficult story to follow--poorly written. This is first author I can say I despise--and will never get another book authored by S. E, Lynes!!
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    The Pact by S.E. Lynes is a psychological thriller. Can’t get this one out of my mind. Really grabs your attention, and holds on. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My Synopsis: The chapters alternate between three different points of view - Rosie, Toni, and Bridget. A fourth voice is also heard, but is not identified. Rosie is laying on a hospital bed, still comatose, and her thoughts tell her story. She is trying to tell her mom how sorry she is for lying to her, for rebelling against her Mom’s restrictions, for how she ended up in this position, but of course, no words will surface. Toni, her mother, sits by her bed, holding her daughters hand, telling her own story to herself, and to Rosie. She is trying to tell her daughter that she is sorry for being so insecure, sorry that her insecurities are the reasons why she is so strict, the reasons that Rosie is in this hospital bed. She needs to share her secret with Rosie. But it is not her secret alone. She made a promise to her sister. The secret is also Bridget’s. Bridget, Toni’s sister is gathering some things to take to the hospital, and telling her side of the story. She, too, has her secrets. She made a promise to her sister when they were children. This is the story of Bridget and Toni, who suffered a rough childhood, but made it through by relying on each other, by making a pact to always protect each other, and to never tell anyone what happened to them as children. They decided at that point they would never ask anyone else for help. But their childhood definitely had an impact on their lives, and when Rosie comes along, the sisters vow to include her in the pact, to do anything to protect their little family, to keep Rosie safe. Unfortunately, the world intrudes. My Opinions: Lynes tackled a number of issues in this book, including the pitfalls of social media, stranger danger, and childhood abuse. She showed the relationship between a mother and daughter with precision – the good and the bad. An over-protective mother who will do anything to protect her daughter. A daughter who will do anything to find some freedom. An Aunt who tries to be the voice of reason. Lynes showed how childhood trauma can have repercussions later in life. She also showed that the love and loyalty of family, can make a difference. The characters, the writing, pacing, and twists made this a great book! Highly recommend this one!
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    Great book

    Really enjoyed this. Some good twists. Definitely worth the read.

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