THE PACT By S.E. Lynes


You made a promise to your sister. It could destroy your daughter.

The Daughter: 15 year old Rosie lies in hospital fighting for her life. She’s trying to tell her mother what happened to her , but she can’t speak the words out loud.

The Mother: Toni is a doting and over protective mother, terrified for her daughter’s life. Having lost her husband in a tragic accident, Toni has dedicated her life to keeping Rosie safe from harm. She needs to know what secrets Rosie has been keeping, and how she ended up in a hospital bed – but Toni has a secret of her own….

The Pact: Thirty years ago, Toni and her sister Bridget made each other a promise: never to speak of their childhood; to protect each other without asking for help from others, no matter what…

But 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.


This book is about promises and secrets. Rosie has lived a fairly sheltered life, her mother Toni trying to protect her. But sometimes by being too protective children want to do things, to try things and keep secrets. Having mum watch over your shoulder is not always the best way of parenting, you have to be able to trust and hope they make the right decisions, and be able to come to you if things go wrong.

Rosie feels like she is being suffocated by her mum, she is almost 16 and she wants to have fun like her friends, she wants to party. But 15 year old Rosie is now lying in a hospital bed in a coma. She is a talented young girl, she has ambitions. She also has secrets, despite being watched by her mum, she has secret social media accounts, and is not always honest about who she is meeting, or where she is going. Now lying in the bed she is trying to tell her mum what has happened, how she has ended up in a coma, but she can’t talk.

Toni, has secrets as well, things she kept from her daughter, she had had a traumatic childhood, which is why she wanted so much to protect her daughter. But is she suffocating Rosie because of her own past? Bridget, Toni’s sister and Rosie’s aunt knows Toni’s secrets and promised not to discuss the past.

The story is told through three points of view Rosie trapped in her coma, Toni her mother and Bridget sister and aunt. We find out what happened to Toni, which explains why she is so protective of her daughter. After Toni’s husband was tragically killed, Bridget put her life on hold, to help her sister pick up the pieces and help raise Rosie. But are they both too overprotective.

The story is told most of the way in the past explaining through Rosie how she has come to be in a coma, Toni and Bridget’s story from 30 years ago, and the pact the sisters made to bury the past. But now they may have to unbury that past to save Rosie.

If you like your stories to be at a slow pace, gradually moving along then this is a book you will enjoy. But if you like a fast pace then with this you have to be patient. It is a very well written story but for me at times a little disjointed and too slow until you get to around 70% in. But I know I like a faster pace, so that’s just preference. The characters are well drawn, especially Rosie with her teenage angst.

We all want to protect our children from what can be a cruel world we live in. But none of us can wrap them in cotton wool. We want to protect them from things that as parents we may have seen or done. In a world where social media is so current, wanting to be liked, having 1000’s of friends or likes is now important. Times of when it was just the people around you that were your friends has now changed. The dangers and pitfalls are there, you can be chatting to literally anyone pretending to be what they are not, you can be lured in slowly and gradually, without even suspecting what is happening.

This is a good read, up to date with the times we live in. Although at times slow the story itself works.

I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I would like to thank #Netgalley and #Bookouture for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.


Amazon best selling author of ‘intelligent and haunting ‘ psychological thrillers VALENTINA, MOTHER, THE PACT, THE PROPOSAL an THE WOMEN.

S E Lynes is a writer, tutor and mentor. Formerly a BBC producer, she has lived in France, Spain, Scotland, Italy, and now lives in Greater London with her husband, three kids and her dog, Lola.

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