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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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    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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    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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    Really, who can you trust?

    ***TITLE CHANGED TO THE FRIENDSHIP PACT*** Lucy has had to cope with two extremely difficult time periods in her life. Something dreadful happened in her childhood and something beyond impossible is going on in her present. As far as when Lucy was a child, she befriended Adele. Theirs was a tenuous friendship from the outset, but after a mutual friend, Joanne lost her life in a horrible accident, Lucy and Adele lost the bond they had. Years later, Lucy is married to a prominent surgeon. The least of her problems is that he decided they would never have children, despite how she felt about it. The depth of their problems, however, is the extreme controlling and domestic violence that she can't seem to get away from, no matter how hard she tries. Running out of options, Lucy is forced to locate Adele and ask her for help. After their experiences as children begs the question: can Adele be trusted? Can she be the key to helping Lucy escape the clutches of her dangerous husband. With one untimely event after another, combined with duplicity on more than one level, Lucy fights tooth and nail to take a hold of her life. All the while, with the exception of Lucy, the story is filled with page after page of rather unlikable characters. Lucy is head and shoulders above just about everyone else, and I rooted from her from the beginning until the thrilling end. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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