The Pact

The Pact Summary

“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.

Book Reviews


Inspiring Work5 star

As an avid reader I was aware that Jodi Picoult was a popular author, but I had never read any of her books. After reading The Pact it was obvious that I had been missing out. I’ve already grabbed several of her other books, and intend to start one of them after finishing The Pact about 10 minutes ago. She’s a talented writer, and I love that she takes on tough topics which so urgently need to see the light of day. I’m not only a new fan, but really wish I could be a “morning walk buddy”.55


Tragedy5 star

I am a fan of Jody Picoult! She writes with knowledge and sensitivity of her subject. Unputdownable! Highly recommend!55


This book5 star

Was twist and turns the entire time. I found myself reading this book nonstop. It was great.55


The book that started my obsession.5 star

This is the book I read that was recommended to me by my senior English teacher. 11 years later, Picoult is still my favorite author.55

My Name is Chris like Kiss 😘

CAC reviews PACT5 star

Probably my favorite romance novel of all time 🌻 And I despise romance novels55


I loved every page5 star

I couldn’t put this down and loved the mystery of what really happened. Great book55


Loved it4 star

I don’t know if any of her books that I don’t like or wouldn’t recommend.45

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Magnificent5 star

Single handedly just changed my entire view of life. This book is so emotionally destabilizing to anybody reading it. One if the greatest reads I've ever had the pleasure of finding!55



My favorite book ever, I don't like rereading books since I know how it ends, but I have read this book three times so far. It is truly inspiring. All of Picoult's books are amazing but this is by far my favorite.55


Page turning.5 star

Page turning and great plot. Tragic55

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