The Pact Paperback – 18 Jul 2005
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A riveting, timely, and terrifying novel from an acclaimed writer who skillfully intertwines the intimate perceptions of Anne Tyler with the dramatic tension of John Grisham.
You will find this novel impossible to put down - and if you take it on holiday with you, just don't plan on doing any sightseeing until you've finished it! (Daily Mail)
The novelist displays an almost uncanny ability to enter the skins of her troubled young protagonists. (New York Times)
It's riveting . . . This is a brilliant read, filled with twists and turns (Woman Magazine)
Engrossing . . . Picoult has a remarkable ability to make us share her characters' feelings of confusion and horror . . . THE PACT is compelling reading (People)
Impossible to put down (Observer)
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Top Customer Reviews
I bought The Pact, a story about Chris and Emily, two teenage lovers who agree on a suicide pact but Emily dies and Chris survives. Was there a suicide pact though or is Chris lying? Was it really a murder that occured?
The story is written by alternating tellings of "then" and "now". The "then" deals with Chris and Emily's birth and the happy lives their families led. The now deals with the incident after the gunshot was fired and Emily died.
It is a cleverly written story and intrigues the reader. What really happened? Why did it happen? Who is guily? Who is innocent? What will happen next? The characters are deep and very realistic. I found myself really caring for them, caught up in their dramas and desperate for the right outcome of the trial to happen.
This is an interesting book and I would recommend it. I now look forward to reading other novels by the author.
After reading 'My Sister's Keeper' a friend recommended 'The Pact and I was not disappointed.
I read this book over 3 days in a busy holiday.
It kept me gripped from start to finish and I have since recommended it to a couple of people and am awaiting their feedback.
I am sure it will be positive :)
This story is very emotional and it is impossible not to be moved by it.
The novel tells the story of a suicide pact between 2 teenage lovers.
However, the suicide goes wrong and Emily dies, yet Chris survives.
Following this he is put on trial for murder.
There are several versions of that fateful evening drifting around, but only Chris knows the truth.
What really happened? And what will happen to Chris?
The characterisation is very strong, but I didn't feel for Chris as much as I expected I would.
This may be something to do with him being a teenage boy and me being a teenage girl, as opposed to the author's skill.
I also felt let down by the ending.
I predicted the outcome very early on, however I was surprised by a twist which occured leading to the end.
I would recommend this to older teenagers and adults who are looking for an intriguing and emotional read.
However, I would not suggest under 15s/16s reading it as there are some sexual scenes that may be unsuitable for that age.
Thanks for reading this review.
I hope it helped you decide whether to read 'The Pact' or not.
This is a real page turner. Emily and Chris were born six months apart, lived next door to one another and grew up together. Their families were close and each felt part of the others family. As they got older, the enivitable happens and they fall in love, both families are happy. Then at 17, Emily dies from a gunshot wound to the head, as part of an apparent suicide pact with Chris, only Chris survives.
The book alternates between the past, tracing the history of Chris and Em's relationship and Now, as Chris faces an uncertain future.
The reader see all sides of the story and as such knows all the secrets of the characters. You are waiting all the way through the story for some of the big secrets to be shared, especially one that affects Emily.
I liked all the characters, bar one, emily's mother Melanie. Whilst she starts out as the quiet, timid one, Emily's death changes her nature so much she becomes bitter and as such i found myself not liking her at all. I like the roles of Gus (Chris' Mum) and Michael, (Emily's dad)but found Chris' dad, James quite hard to warm too.
The book really makes you think and poses the question of how well does anyone know anyone and as parents - how well do we really know our children.
A great book - will be recommending and passing on to many friends!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've read many of picoult's books, and "the pact" is still by far my favourite. It hooks you in, and you don't want to stop until you find out what really happened the... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Jennifer McIntyre
This book is one of the best books I have ever read. A real page turner. It was thought provoking and tragic.Published 1 month ago by Cody
I Love Jodi Foucault and have read so many of her book , including an abridged ( shortened / edited version )of this one , at best I t thought that it was ok , prob so ably the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fracesca Dignan
Fantastic story with twists and turns . Your opinion of guilt changes by the page. Great dialogue as you would expect from such a seasoned writer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Reader from Surrey
It keeps you engaged from beginning to the very last word, fully recommended to anyone looking for a great read.Published 1 month ago by Mr Philip Grannum
Another great read from Jodi, so real it draws you in & you cannot stop reading until the end. And then you still have thoughts, opinions & feelings toward the story lingering days... Read morePublished 2 months ago by C E.
“Your son says they both meant to die. But he lived. What would you do?” As fans will already be aware, most of Jodi Picoult’s novels involve a “What if” or “What would you do? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hazel