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Oh. My. God. What have I read? I am all tingly inside, filled with excitement of this fast paced, suspenseful, a minute a twist thriller. The author Allison James built up so much of a thrill inside me, adding layer by layer, that I had to scream out loud when I finished the book. The energy of getting to the final ending twist just got to me. Whew… I am okay now.

The characters, oh my, there were all different. Lucy was brilliant. She came across as innocent and sweet. But was she really? She knew Joanne, and she was best friends with Adele in her childhood until the day a freak ‘accident’ left Joanne dead. Was that an accident really? Their friendship broke off, their pact remained. Decades later, Lucy went to Adele for help… A quicksand move which started a series of events culminating in death. Everything was destroyed with one desperate act, just ashes remained scattered. But you know what? THE FRIENDSHIP PACT SURVIVED!!

Allison’s writing was like a blow of a hammer, fast and swung with perfect strength at the correct angle. It took me on a dizzying ride, a perfect roller coaster. I started seeing twists and red herrings in every scene. You see, I wanted to guess where the story was going. Did I guess? Just the initial part, then the author brought in a big twist which I could have never foretold.

This story taught me one thing – with friends like these, you don’t need enemies. But sometimes, just sometimes, you need them for exactly the same reason.

I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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Born in the Cotswolds, Alison spent most of her formative years abroad. She studied languages at Oxford, then became a journalist and author, returning to university after her two children to take a law degree. After a three-year stint as a criminal paralegal, Alison worked as a commercial copywriter and then a TV storyliner, before coming full circle to write fiction again.



I’m Lucy, and I have a secret
I have a beautiful home, that I’m desperate to escape.
But that’s not my secret.
I tell my friends I’ve never wanted children, when I always have.
But that’s not my secret.
My husband is a celebrated surgeon, who tries to control me.
But that’s not my secret.

Adele knows.
Once upon a time, I knew everything about her and she knew everything about me.
Best friends forever.
But now our secret is beginning to surface.
I can trust her more than anyone. We made a pact.
And she’s never do anything to hurt me. Would she?

Publication Date: July 2019

Publisher: Bookouture


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28 Responses

  1. Excellent review, Shalini. Glad you enjoyed this one more than I did. I agree with you though about Alison’s writing. She made this quite unpredictable and twisty.

  2. LOL – Loved this review so much I raced to Netgallery but the book is no longer available.

  3. Fantastic review, Shalini! The metaphor of the writing striking like a hammer with perfect strength at the right angle is so unusual 🔨🔨🔨😀 Definitely going on my tbr!

  4. I love it when a book engages me so much that I try to guess where it is going. Then it is a bonus when the author sends it a different direction than I anticipate. Great review.

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