Books | Fiction / Friendship
“Engrossing...The Pact is compelling reading.”—PeopleIn this heart-rending tale of love and friendship, Jodi Picoult brings to life a familiar world, and in a single terrifying moment awakens every parent’s worst fear: We think we know our children . . . but do we ever really know them at all?The Golds and the Hartes, neighbors for eighteen years, have always been inseparable. So have their children—and it’s no surprise that in high school Chris and Emily’s friendship blossoms into something more. But the bonds of family, friendship, and passion—which had seemed so indestructible—suddenly threaten to unravel in the wake of unimaginable tragedy.When midnight calls from the hospital come in, no one is ready for the truth. Emily is dead at seventeen from a gunshot wound to the head. There’s a single unspent bullet in the gun that Chris pilfered from his father’s cabinet—a bullet that Chris tells police he intended for himself. But a local detective has doubts about the suicide pact that Chris describes.This extraordinary, poignant novel paints an indelible portrait of two families in anguish . . . and creates an astonishingly suspenseful courtroom drama as Chris is put on trial for murder.
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"I really loved this book! I have read 1 other Picoult book, Nineteen Minutes, and I liked it but not nearly as much as this one. It was really fun seeing characters from the other book return. The plot was engrossing and I especially loved the trial part. The whole book was amazing. I highly recommend!"
"I really enjoyed this but there was a lot of loose ends for me, and as others have said in reviews before mine…the ending is absolutely fantastical and wouldn’t realistically happen in any courtroom. Up until the very ending, I was very engrossed in this book and would have liked a little more closure as far as Emily and her trauma that led to the act. "
"This served as my introduction to Jodi Picoult. I probably read this more than 20 years ago and yet the plot and horror of if it were to happen to me or anyone I know still is easily recalled to mind if I think about it. Picoult’s books present emotionally complex issues with no easy resolutions."