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Thriller | The Pact | Amy Heydenrych

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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?

Book cover for The Pact by Amy Heydenrych

The Pact by Amy Heydenrych is published by Zaffre (November 2019) and is available to purchase in digital, paperback and audiobook formats.

Review

The Pact is a psychological thriller involving workplace bullying, murder and sexual harassment.

 Freya, a talented coder gets head-hunted to work in a tech company, Atypical. From her first day she becomes infatuated with her colleague, Jay. Unfortunately his ex-girlfriend also works in the office and takes an instant disliking of Freya. Every day Freya deals with unkind and mean behaviour.

 On the same night that Freya and Jay decide to play a prank on Nicole, she is found brutally murdered. Isla, a journalist decides to investigate Atypical and its colleagues and works alongside police detective, Simon.

 The chapters are split between Freya and Isla, in both the past and the present and pivoted around Nicole’s murder. I found at times it was difficult to keep up with the constant shift in the timeframe.

 I was gripped at the beginning of this book as found the storyline intriguing, however I found this story was longer than it needed to be and seemed to repeat some information.

 Overall a good read and great for fans of psychological thrillers.

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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. Twitter @AmyHeydenrych


I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.