The Pact

The Pact by Jodi Picoult Book Summary

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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The Pact (Jodi Picoult) Book Reviews

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- 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.

- CAC reviews PACT5 star

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

- I loved every page5 star

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

- Loved it4 star

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

- 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!

- MUST READ5 star

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.

- Page turning.5 star

Page turning and great plot. Tragic

- Very well written5 star

Don't know how I missed this book - thought I'd read mostly all of them. What a treat to find this one. I enjoyed it very much.

- Great book to read. Definitely a page turner!5 star

I only just started reading J. Picoult's novels and before reading The Pact I decided to pick up one of her most recent works: House Rules. I enjoyed reading the latter but it was not a life changing read nor did it incline me to pick up another novel of hers. I gave The Pact a chance due to the positive reviews it received and I have to admit that this was a great, well written book. The writing just flows and leads the reader from one page to the next with ease. I highly recommend this book!

- A must read5 star

You will have a tough time putting this book down and after you're down you'll want to read it again.

- The Pact3 star

Usually like this author, but this one is a bit boring an drags out too long

- Masterpiece5 star

This astonishing must-read captured me. I've been a fan of this author for sometime. It's amazing how realistic her fiction can be. You could easily replace the character with someone you know.

- Awesome!4 star

Absolutely engrossing! Definitely worth reading!

- heartbreaking5 star

I've read this so many times, and every single time I find myself crying. It's such a beautiful and tragic love story. I 100% recommend.

- Wow!5 star

I was absolutely amazed at the beauty of this story. To be able to combine love, tragedy, teen angst, depression, and a murder trial in one book takes a very talented author. Jodi did a great job portraying all of those things while keeping the story very interesting. Great job!

- Whew5 star

I've been reading books since 14 years old and don't think I've met something this captivating. Many people have said to me how they can read a book in 3/4 days and I know can say I am one of them. I didn't read it in a short period of time but it was definitely hard to put down. I wanted to know the end but didn't want it to end. This book definitely holds your attention to the end. It brings up many topics in daily life that some people never experience or understand. This is a MUST read by far!


Loved the book from beginning to end. The relationship between the characters was so romantic and heart warming. I myself was overcome by many emotions while reading this book. Definitely a favorite.

- Wonderful author5 star

Love all her books.

- Amazing!!!5 star

Loved it! Kept me wanting to read more and more each day! ❤❤❤❤❤❤

- Great find2 star

This was a page turner. Loved the style of each chapter being now or then and then coming together in the end.

- KayMF-C5 star

Great book as usual by Jodi Picoult

- Amazing!5 star

Absolutely loved this book. Couldn't put it down. Highly recommend this. A story of love and loss

- Another Great Picoult Book5 star

I am a biased fan of the author- but this was good, classic Jodi Picoult.

- Phenomenal5 star

Captivating story, just great!

- Loved it!4 star

This was my first book of hers. I only bought it because it was super cheap and I just wanted to read something. Couldn't put it down, read the whole book in 24 hours!

- Amazing!!5 star

Jodi Picoult is one of the most amazing authors who knows how keep me wanting more with every book! The Pact is one of my favorites!! Must read!!

- Favorite4 star

Read this a couple years ago still my favorite of hers

- Amazing story...5 star

A beautiful work of contemporary literature; Jodi Piccoult is one of my all-time favorites; the first book I ever read that was hers was Nineteen Minutes, and I simply fell in love with her writing style, her genre of choice, and, overall, the entirety of her story lines.

- The Pact5 star

This book drew me in. I thought about it during my day until I could return to a and enter the story. Picoult portrayed the characters so that I sympathized and understood each one. Every setting was believable. I guess the only character I didn't like was Emily, the victim. I kept asking "why?"

- The pact5 star

This was an excellent book

- Love it5 star

So phenomenal

- For Hearts and Brains5 star

The Pact is phenomenally written. Imagining and remembering what it was like being a teenager in love with it's joys and heartbreaks. Also remembering the power of the truth, and how it seems that no one wants to hear it, see it or feel it. Gives one great pause for conversation.

- Great Book!5 star

I read a couple other titles by Jodi Picoult and was so engrossed in each one, this book not being an exception. I love the way the story was unraveling both in the past and present. It was wonderfully written. Jodi P. is an amazing writer! Her books never disappoint.

- Great read5 star

I couldn't put it down!

- The Pact5 star


- Good book4 star

I thought this was a well written book and keeps you interested however I have never been more annoyed by a main character (Emily) in my life!!

- Good Read!4 star

I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't wait to get to the end to see what would happen. The characters may not have been built up as well as they could have been (I couldn't easily put faces with characters) but I was drawn in regardless.

- The pact4 star

Great book couldn't put down until the end! The only thing that was disappointing was that Emily's character was not dissected more closely, in specific to what happened to her when she was 9 yrs old.

- Good book, but not great3 star

The book frustrated me. I felt a lot of questions unanswered.

- Awesome5 star

I loved this book. I couldn't put it down.

- Excellent Read4 star

Very good book. Couldn't put it down. My first book by this author.

- Worth it4 star

Loved the read but I felt like I didn't get the full story in reference to her reason for suicide. The author touched on depression and possible sexual abuse.

- The Pact4 star

Riveting, I could not put this book down. Brings back all the intense emotions felt as a teenager, and the pain and love of being a parent

- Awesome book5 star

This book is amazing. Don't think twice about the $2.99 it more than pays for itself! This is by far my favorite Jodi P. book.

- One of her best !5 star

This has been one of her best books yet. Loved it !

- Kept me interested4 star

My first Jodie picoult book. I really did enjoy it. I couldn't put it down. I just wish the family had known why Emily was so depressed. It wouldn't have made it so sad.

- Simply awesome!2 star

One of my favorite Jodi Picoult novels. This, "My Sister's Keeper" and "19 minutes" are my top 3 faves. It's been about 5 or 6 years since I've read this and don't remember the details too too clearly, I remember how it ended, but I remember liking it so much, that I had planned on reading it again. It is definitely worth purchasing.

- Disappointing ending4 star

Loved the story, couldn't put it down waiting to find out what really happened, but the ending was a letdown, it seemed totally impossible. Would have like more development of Emily's character to understand her better. I also wanted to know how the Golds felt after the trial.

- The Pact4 star

A good read. The characters are very real and very human. The best part is it has a real ending! I love a book with an ending, even if I don't like the ending. I could not stop reading.

- Great!5 star

Wasn't expecting much, turned out to be a great buy! Definitely worth the few extra bucks. Get it now!

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- Couldn't put it down5 star

This book was definitely a page turner. So many twists through out the book you just can't wait to read what is next. Such a touching love story of real life teenage problems. Well done Jodi, once again.

- Excellent5 star

I couldn't put this book down, it has every emotion you could feel. Anger , fear, sadness, anticipation . Amazing read.

- One of my all-time favorites5 star

This book was lent to me a long time ago and it became one of my favorite books of all time. I still re-read it every now and then. Simply amazing. Heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time.

- The Pact5 star

WOW! I couldn't put it down - I had to keep turning the pages to see how it ended.

- The Pact4 star

Loved The Pact! Very captivating story with real emotion & suspense!

- The Pact5 star

A great read!! Keeps you guessing right until the end. Tragic ending to a love story.

- The Pact5 star

I would recommend this book to everyone I know. It kept me captivated from start to end.

- Praise for "The Pact"5 star

This is one of those stories that will stay in your memory for years to come. The best I've read in a really long time.

- Really Good!4 star

I loved this book. A good read!

- The Pact5 star

Great story with some real "make you think" moments

- :)5 star

Amazing, highly recommended. Exciting and heart breaking

- Incredible..5 star

No words to describe Jodi Picoult. Her style is captivating and forces readers to truly recognise their moral convictions. Another page turner!

- Great read5 star

This is my first Jodi Picoult book and I couldn't fault it. My friend had this book and I read the blurb and I HAD to buy this a book ASAP! I love the way it goes from now - then. Such an amazing book. Definitely recommended...

- The Pact5 star

This will go on my list of best reads my heart is still pounding I know it is Fiction but so much of this book rings true for so many this should be talked about not kept quiet

- The Pact1 star

Disappointed. Long, drawn out and boring. I kept reading thinking there must be a great twist at the end - not to be. The twist I would have written. Emily was in fact sexually molested by Chris's father or they were in fact brother and sister! A time waster!

- The Pact1 star

BORING with a capitol B! Simple plot, very slow development of the characters and no twists. The court case part was tedious and repetitive and quite unrealistic. Prefer to watch a csi show, at least that would only have been one hour of my life wasted. Not recommended unless you are desperate or paid for the thing. Disappointing.

- Brilliant!!!5 star

Sad and moving story, enjoyable read couldn't put it down! Very well written!

- Fantastic5 star

Great book, tugged at heart strings an wonderfully written, couldn't put it down.

- Amazing!5 star

I love her stories. She doesn't shy away from deeply troubling yet morally twisting plot lines and this one doesn't disappoint. She really lets the reader empathise with her character. I felt so much for poor Emily and I thought it was going to end differently maybe 5 times! I highly recommend.

- Loved!5 star

My most favorite book I've read, read it more than once. Love love love. Made my hurt, such a sad story but great read couldn't put it down.

- The Pact3 star

A.very complex, but riveting book about love and death. Elaine Forrestal

- The pact3 star

Quite dark, but a good read

- Captivating5 star

This book had me entranced from the first chapter. The lives and stories of the characters intertwined beautifully and tugged on the heart strings. Brilliant!!

- Amazing5 star

Wow what an amazing story I loved it :)

- The Pact5 star

Couldn't put it down. Great book!

- The Pact5 star

Jodi Picoult you have done it again....sensational reading, thank you.

- Pact5 star

Well worth reading a page turner. Great read.

- Loved it!5 star

What a great read, I couldn't put it down!

- Need more books from Jodi Picoult!5 star

Fabulous author!! Amazing book!! A must read!!! :)

- <35 star

The most twisted and emotional love story I've ever read, I love this book

- Amazing!5 star

Amazingly written and very captivating. The entire story has you on edge and wanting to read the next chapter, amazing writer

- Good Read3 star

I was a bit disappointed with this after reading 'The Storyteller'. Not one of her best books but still a good read.

- Disappointed2 star

Really disappointed with this one, no where near the quality if her other books

- Amazing5 star

The first Jodi Picoult book I ever read and hooked on her books ever since. Kept me guessing until the final page.

- Must read!5 star

I find it hard to get into a book. There are many ive started with the intention of finishing but never do. The thing i love about Jodi's books are that they keep you coming back for more! This was the first one of hers that i read and i would recommend it to anyone! I loved it that much im going to download it to read it over and over again!

- Tear jerker5 star

Absolutely brilliant book, I couldn't put it down. There are a couple of twists which make it even more exciting.... Definitely recommend it to anyone!!!

- Great read5 star

Enjoyed this book, could not put it down, would recommend this book for a great read with a few twists & turns

- The pact5 star

First of her books i read and i couldn't put it down! If u like this one get hold of her other books you won't regret it.

- The Pact5 star

very compelling read. You really get into the characters and feel so involved with them.

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- Amazing compelling story5 star

I have never read a book like this one before. Love stories are my thing, but this is a great story that has love in it but so so so much more! It was extremely well written and I would suggest it to everyone I know. It sticks with you long after you read it!

- Loved it!5 star

Being a fan of Jodi Picoult, I absolutely loved this book. She seems to never disappoint. I highly recommend her books to anyone who enjoys reading!

- Unbelievable!5 star

This book is fantastic! While the story and characters are appealing and written so well that the situations seem almost real, the book really makes you question how you would react if you were in any one of their shoes. This is a book that stays with you. While this certainly isn't a fairy tale, this is definitely a story about true love and what you are willing to do for someone you love. I highly recommend it!

- 740 pages, couldn't put it down5 star

Great book

- Heart Wrenching5 star

What an incredible story. My heart still aches. It's amazing how real the story feels. Definitely a good read. But be prepared to feel heartbroken.

- Amazing!5 star

This is definitely one of the best books that I have read in a while. Worth every minute that you spend reading it! You will be hooked!

- Great Read4 star

I was engrossed in this book and couldn't put it down. I feel like it could have ended better but I would defiantly recommend it.

- I can't.1 star

This book was thoroughly depressing. I stopped halfway through cause I just couldn't deal with it anymore.

- The pact5 star

Wow... I couldn't put this down. Another great story by Picoult,

- Loved it5 star

One of the best books I've read in years. It was heartbreaking. The characters will forever stay with me. I am haunted by this book.

- Good4 star

This book made me feel a lot of emotions. Angry at some parts, but I will say it brought me in until the end. Otherwise it was good

- Horrible1 star

this book is horrible. It might as well be free. I wasted 3 dollars. The beginning is so confusing and it takes forever to get in to. I didn't even make it past the first chapter. Save your money.

- The pact4 star

Couldn't put it down...but wasn't really pleased with the ending

- Love this book5 star

This was my first book by Jodi Picoult, definitely recommended. Amazing book. Loved it!

- Amazing journey!5 star

This book is so amazing! I could not put it down. Keeps you guessing all the way through.

- The Pact4 star

Great book, wonderfully written. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because I'm not really impressed with the ending. Overall, a good read.

- Amazing!5 star

This book keeps you hooked the entire time! I read it in one day. Great read

- So good!5 star

This book was amazing! I literally could not put it down! My house is a mess and my kids have been in their pajamas for two days as I read this book. Really makes you think and want to make sure you are involved in your kids lives. I recommend this book!! Just make sure you have some time to read it! ;)

- Awful!1 star


- Nice5 star

It is a great story and wonderfully written. The way the Then and Now threads meet up is masterful really. I wish that the very end was more of what I had expected, but maybe I just don't get it yet.

- I Cried5 star

This book is beautiful. Jodi Picoult is one of my top three authors of all time!

- Amazing book !! 👍👍👍👌👌📖💚💙💓5 star

Every single page was amazing, I absolutely love Jodi & her books! This one made me cry, so beautiful! ⚡⚡👍PLEASEEEE READD👍⚡⚡

- Absolutely a share and pass on book5 star

I read this book in a matter of three days, only breaking for the necessities of life. I hated setting it down and couldn't wait to curl up each day for hours of slip away reading. Jodi has a way of making you feel as if you we're part of the story, watching as an outsider at times, and at other times, participating as part of the cast. Extraordinary writer at the very least. Riveting, heart breaking and some times laugh out loud story. It will make you look at love and life at its simplest and most complex times.... what would you do if you were there??? Please read!!!

- One Word:5 star

AMAZING. Read it, you won't regret it.

- Favorite book!5 star

This book was so good.. I couldn't put it down! Definitely recommend to any girl who loves a book filled with drama and surprises

- Wow5 star

Fabulous book - must read!

- Superb5 star

Amazing, gripping, page turning!!!

- Page turner!4 star

Very good book. Keeps you wanting to know more! Read it in 2 days. I love Jodi piccoult.

- Loved this book5 star

This book got me reading more of Jodi's books!!!!!!

- The Pact5 star

Loved it! Kept me wanting to read more!

- Amazing.5 star

Love this book!!!!!! Made me cry. Beautiful story.

- Amazing book!5 star

This book was great! So hard to put the book down! I loved it :)

- Amazing!!5 star

Hands down on of the best books I have ever read. Picoult's writing style builds suspense and makes this book a page turner. I finished the book in 3 days because I could not get enough!

- The Pact5 star

This was the best of her novels I've read. I couldn't put this one down and it gave so much insight to what we really see and don't inside a courtroom trial.

- Another Best Seller5 star

Truly riveting and heart wrenching.

- Another good one5 star

I have read a lot of her books,but usually the new ones. I have read all the newer ones so I have been reading the older ones. The pact was excellent and kept me captivated from start to finish.

- Very good5 star

It made me cry it was so good. The intensity between the characters was so real and thats what makes a good story line.

- Unbelievable5 star

One of the best books I have ever read! Absolutely could not put this book down!!

- Amazing!5 star

Finished it in two days just couldn't put down. Book will stay with you long after you read it. The power love has

- The pact5 star

Great book!

- Soooo good!5 star

Definitely the best book I've ever read! I finished it this morning after reading 300 some pages yesterday. It was very emotional and so realistic that I have kept thinking about it all day! I LOVED it and wish I could just read more about Chris Harte and Emily Gold!

- Must read!5 star

Could not stop turning the pages! Amazing book!

- Amazing! :)5 star

This book was both midly traumatizing, in the sense that it will stay with you and loving all at the same time just how we are used to reading from Jodi! Love this book and would recommend it to all my friends.

- Favorite Book! (:5 star

truly an amazing read. highly recommend to anybody. you definitely cannot put it down!

- Fav.5 star

I tend to like books that are one of a kind. Jodi is such an insprational writer.. I could not put this book down.. Library said i could just have it.. ell yeah. Read it.. No don't read the other reviews.. Just read it.:)

- I'm interviewing my babysitter5 star

It was good I would recommend it to people who know what/about suicide and relationships it was very sad because it was all about teens committing suicide/murder there was a death I did not cry but this is a very heart throbber and most people will tear up I read this book in four days the first day I wore a purple sundress ( by the way I'm a girl) on second day I wore jeans and a sweater vest third day I wore sweats and tee ( as you can tell as story progresses I get sadder and sadder causing me to were sweats on finally day I wore pjs to school yes I didn't even change when I went to bed because it was so depressing I hope you enjoyed reading this review as much as I enjoyed the book

- Great!5 star

This book is really amazing and well written. I've read most of jodis books and this is one of the best! I loved it!

- The Pact.....I think yes!!!!!!5 star

The was a great book like always Jodi picoulti keeps you on the edge of ur seat throughout and keeps you longing for more I love nineteen minutes if u liked this you'll lone nineteen minutes!!!

- Awesome!5 star

This has been by far one of my favorite books! I definitely recommend it. It will keep you hooked for hours!

- Very touching!5 star

I found myself thinking about this book after I finished reading for days! I will be reading more by this author!

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