Welcome to the my stop on the #ThePact blog tour!! I’m absolutely delighted to share my thoughts with you. This has always been an author on my radar,so when I finally had the opportunity to read and review her most recent release, I just had to jump right in! Here’s my thoughts:
The Pact – Amy Heydenrych
Format – Paperback (ARC – 480 pages)
Publisher – Zaffre
Release Date – 28th November 2019
What if a prank leads to murder?
When Freya arrives at her dream job with the city’s hottest start-up, she can’t wait to begin a new and exciting life, including dating her new colleague Jay. However, Nicole, Jay’s ex and fellow employee, seems intent on making her life a misery.
After a big deadline, where Nicole continually picks on her, Freya snaps and tells Jay about the bullying and together they concoct a revenge prank. The next morning, Nicole is found dead in her apartment . . .
Is this just a prank gone wrong? Or does Freya know someone who is capable of murder – and could she be next?
The opening pages inform us of Nicole’s death, which immediately raises suspicions of every other character we meet. As we learn that Freya’s experiences at work are suffocated by a tension and bullying culture led by Nicole, I have a huge sympathy for Freya. With her colleague (and Nicole’s ex) Jay, Freya attempts to teach Nicole a lesson but, the following day.. Nicole is dead.
Isla, an investigative journalist, attempts to piece together who Nicole was, what happened to her, why, and by whom? In the process she uncovers much more than just a petty feud between two women, whom had a romantic connection with the same man.
We learn that Nicole had a number of issues of her own which are brought to the surface following her death. Freya appears to feel increasingly out of control and worried that her prank has gone terribly wrong and that she may be next as she too begins to become targeted by an unknown person who is watching her every move.
It is so immersive to read chapters from different POV’s, although primarily Freya and Isla. The book also flicks between timelines of before and after Nicole’s murder. In some parts of the book this left me feeling confused as I was finding it tricky to keep up with, however it also contributed to building each character’s back stories and understanding their experiences
The Pact is a brilliantly fast paced psychological thriller that really delves into the complexities of relationships between people, organisations, and the media. In doing so I was left not knowing in which direction the story would turn next, which made the final events a huge surprise!
This book was quite thought provoking as I found myself consistently wondering whether Freya was justified in her response to workplace bullying, but I was also hooked on such a great fictional thriller. I gave it a five star review on Goodreads and will be rushing to get round to my copy Shame On You soon!
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AMY HEYDENRYCH is a writer and book blogger based in South Africa. She has been shortlisted twice for the acclaimed Miles Morland African Writing Scholarship. Her short stories and poems have published in multiple anthologies including Brittle Paper, The Kalahari Review and the Short Sharp Stories anthologies. When she is not writing her own fiction, she ghost-writes books and columns for global tech and financial companies.
To get in touch with the author, use @AmyHeydenrych on socials to find her!
**Thank you to the author, and Zaffre for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review and to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for approaching me to be part of the blog tour.**
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