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“Engrossing...The Pact is compelling reading.”—People
In 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.
About the Author
JODI PICOULT is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-six novels. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction, the ALA’s Alex Award, the New Hampshire Literary Award for Outstanding Literary Merit, and the prestigious Sarah Josepha Hale Award in recognition of her distinguished body of written work. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband. They have three children. You can visit her website at wwww.jodipicoult.com
--This text refers to the paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
From Jodi Picoult, one of the most powerful writers in contemporary fiction, comes a riveting, timely, heartbreaking, and terrifying novel of families in anguish -- and friendships ripped apart by inconceivable violence. Until the phone calls came at 3:00 a.m. on a November morning, the Golds and their neighbors, the Hartes, had been inseparable. It was no surprise to anyone when their teenage children, Chris and Emily, began showing signs that their relationship was moving beyond that of lifelong friends. But now seventeen-year-old Emily has been shot to death by her beloved and devoted Chris as part of an apparent suicide pact -- leaving two devastated families stranded in the dark and dense predawn, desperate for answers about an unthinkable act and the children they never really knew.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B001KDQ4KQ
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books (November 5, 2008)
- Publication date : November 5, 2008
- Language : English
- File size : 3090 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 397 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #33,029 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2017
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The legal system ( testifying against ones own child) but protection for married couples.
Art therapy as a window in to depressed people
Thought provoking on many levels.
I enjoyed completely!
Hopefully this book will inspire help .......
Everything fit too conveniently here: the too close family, the exclusive relationship between Emily and Chris, the brief sexual abuse encounter Emily shut up about and was the real catalyst for what happened, but only beknownst to her. Too many convenient truths, not quite realistic to me set up in order to fit the narrative.
I wouldn't have had the book banned, but I don't think I would praise it so much. Today children have to deal with traumas on an hourly basis: shootings in schools, an indifferent society, self-serving politicians, climate change, the possibility of WWIII, a world that offers them no protection at all. Emily and Chris were very much protected, so the book seems a little too indulgent and pretentious.
However, it is a page turner.
The Golds and the Hartes have been friends for a long time. They're next door neighbors who have become close. Their children Emily Gold and Christopher Harte have become close over the years, and it comes as no surprise to their parents. Then, out of the blue, Emily Gold kills herself in what was apparently supposed to be a suicide pact between Emily and Chris. Now Emily is dead, and Chris is alive and well, and he's the only one who has any answers. Now Emily's parents are trying to find out what happened to their daughter, and are also wondering just how well they knew her, while Chris is up to his neck in a legal squabble. The friendship between the two families that seemed eternal suddenly comes crashing down, as both sets of parents come to the realization that they didn't know their children quite as well as they thought.
Needless to say, there's a lot of drama in Picoult's novel, and a lot of emotional turmoil. Jodi Picoult is no stranger to dealing with tough issues and exploring them. The Pact is no different, but here Jodi Picoult goes further into the heart of the matter. By exploring not just how the character cope with Emily's suicide, but also what lead Emily to do it in the first place. The book plays out by alternating between the past and the present. The reader literally gets to know Emily's life story. We're there from the moment she is born, to the moment all the way to her death. As a result, the reader really gets to know Emily Gold. And not just Emily Gold. We get to know Chris Harte as well. In fact, we get to know every character and they all become incredibly well developed. Sometimes a little too much. We learn a little bit more about some characters than we'd care to know. At times Picoult can carry on about a character, but at least she keeps it interesting.
However, the story moves at a smooth pace. The read is, overall, a fairly quick one. And the drama keeps coming with all the twists and turns. It's hard not to feel Picoult pulling at your heart strings. All the drama and characters lead to a pretty big conclusion. In the past, Jodi Picoult has sometimes come to implausible conclusions. You might get a similar feeling here. The book is very enjoyable, and the conclusion is even alright, although it isn't entirely believable.
The writing stands firm. It's very well written with elegant prose and vivid descriptions. Sometimes you get the sense that Picoult is providing too much description. At the very least you'll never feel drowned out in it. The dialog is also nice, coming off as very natural rather than scripted.
The Pact is a very nice book that's filled with very lovable characters. Its sure to spark a bit of discussion among readers. It's a very likable book that is filled with it's own charms. It is one of Picoult's best.
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Although this isn’t a new release, I think it’s actually quite an important novel for where society is right now. Mental Health and Suicide is being talked about more than ever and I think this book highlights the sad fact that parents do not always know what is going on in their children’s mind and what is apparent on the surface isn’t always what’s going on inside. A painful reminder to many, I’m sure, to ensure that you are asking your kids the right questions and spending the right amount of time.
Brilliant, powerful book.
What starts off as a childhood friendship between neighbours Chris Harte and Emily Gold develops into a mature teen romance, but maybe not as idyllic as it seems. There is a deep mutual love between them, but some other more complex and complicated emotions on both their parts.
The story develops in dual time-line, through the history of the Harte and Gold families and in their present, in which Emily is dead and Chris is a suspect. The legal side is both accurate and gripping, and the story pulled me in. I stayed up till silly-o’clock to finish the last section because I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommended.