The Pact by Jodi Picoult

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After reading it you'll want to find the many other beautifully written books by Picoult. Her style is unique and fascinating.
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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.


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Jodi Picoult is the author of eighteen novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers House Rules, Handle With Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her at van Leer is a junior in high school. She conceived the idea for this book and pitched it to her mom, who was in the middle of a book tour. In her spare time, Samantha can be found playing softball, doing contemporary dance, acting and singing in musicals, and cuddling on the ground with her two dogs, Dudley and Oliver—for whom the prince in this fairy tale was named.
Published November 5, 2008 by HarperCollins e-books. 497 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Children's Books. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on May 04 1998

After Chris is accused of murder and jailed, the narrative acquires impressive authenticity and suspense, with even the minor characters evoked with Picoult's keen eye for telling detail. The courtroom scenes (reminiscent of Picoult's 1996 novel, Mercy), are taut and well paced. Readers may remain unconvinced, however...

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Reviewed by ABitCrazy on Nov 11 2013

I don't think the book could have been that much improved, if improved at all! If you have read any book by Jodi Picoult, good or bad, I suggest reading this book!

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Teen Ink

Reviewed by Bapalapa2 on Jul 10 2015

After reading it you'll want to find the many other beautifully written books by Picoult. Her style is unique and fascinating.

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Teen Ink

Reviewed by Cassandra H. on Jul 10 2015

A rich combination of love and tragedy, The Pact is a definite must read. It is integrated with the heart and soul of one of today’s highly acclaimed authors, and teenagers and parents alike will find themselves able to connect with the superiorly crafted characters and to question the true meaning of love.

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Reviewed by Suko on Nov 28 2011

Kudos to Jodi Picoult! In spite of taking so long to finish reading this novel, I was rewarded by a book that is well-researched, believable, and full of suspense. The Pact is a must-read for tried and true Jodi Picoult fans...

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on Apr 07 2010

These teens were enmeshed for their entire lives, in love in a way that most adults cannot even comprehend. And in the end, one is undeniably dead, and the other forced to go on without her, and without ever fully understanding the reasons behind her despair.

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