The Pact: A Love Story

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jodi Picoult
Narrator: George Guidall
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Literature
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: October 2005
# of Units: 15 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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For 18 years the Hartes and the Golds have lived next door to each other, sharing everything from Chinese food to chicken pox to carpool duty. They've grown so close it seems they have always been a part of each other's lives. Parents and children alike have been best friends--so it's no surprise that in high school Chris and Emily's friendship blossoms into something more. They've been soulmates since they were born. But when midnight calls from the hospital come in, no one is ready for the appalling truth: Emily is dead at 17 from a gunshot wound to the head. There's a single unspent bullet in the gun that Chris took 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 has described. As its chapters unfold, alternating between an idyllic past and an unthinkable present, The Pact paints an indelible portrait of families in anguish ... culminating in an astonishingly suspenseful courtroom drama as Chris finds himself on trial for murder.

Reviews (15)

Forever Jodi

Written by Barbara from Waycross, GA on February 9th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I love Jodi Picoult and this is a fascinating story about teen suicide.

Stretches of Boredom

Written by Anonymous from East Bethel, MN on April 12th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 3/5

While the story was good, the author went into so much detail causing long stretches of boredom. I fast forwarded many times just so I could get to the interesting phases of the story.

well written

Written by Anonymous on February 2nd, 2012

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Another well written book by Jodi Picoult. As with other books by the author, she does a good job of drawing you into an emotional, sometimes painful situation. While one could argue she has a "formula" for the stories, I found that I could relate to the characteries from a number of points of view - as a participant in a close and intense relationship, as the parent of either teenager. The narrative moves back and forth between "then" and "now" -- that flow worked well for me, to keep the story unfolding, give you context for the more recent events, but not give away too much of the conclusion right away. I'd recommend this!

Good book but a little long

Written by Anonymous on January 5th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Intriguing story, but so sad. The book could have been a little shorter, it did get a bit long and could seem to drag in places.

The Pact

Written by Anonymous on August 4th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was one of the best books I have ever heard. I wanted to drive as much as possible just to hear this book.

the pact

Written by c hart on July 22nd, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was a very well written book. It brings you along on the journey from friendship to love and even hate as the two familys struggle to understand why and how this could happen to them.

Very Entertaining

Written by tcu1488 on June 1st, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I was very enthralled with this book...with that said I was really hoping for a zappy ending. But this book gives you both ends of the spectrum and in the end your left thinking who you would side with? Who's right? What could have been different? All in all very, very entertaining. Enjoy!!


Written by Anonymous on January 13th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

i thought it was a unique type of book and very "honest". if it was anything, it was relational, and brings up many points for discussion. i will read more of her.

The Pact

Written by Anonymous on December 15th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

You are captured in the very beginning! Such a sad story, but very believable in today's world.

The Pact

Written by Bobbie from Sorrento, FL on December 1st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I love Jodi Picoult and read all her books. This one didn't capture my attention as much as the others. It dragged on and on, and was way too many discs. Last disc was the best. I actually skipped many of the chapters just to move it along and didn't miss much. Not the best Jodi Picoult but "ok".

Author Details

Author Details

Picoult, Jodi

Jodi Picoult, 41, is the bestselling author of fifteen novels: Songs of the Humpback Whale (1992), Harvesting the Heart (1994), Picture Perfect (1995); Mercy (1996), The Pact (1998); Keeping Faith (1999), Plain Truth (2000), Salem Falls (2001), Perfect Match (2002), Second Glance (2003), My Sister's Keeper (2004), Vanishing Acts (2005),The Tenth Circle (2006) and her newest novel, Nineteen Minutes, which debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and her newest novel, Change of Heart (2008)

Picoult studied creative writing with Mary Morris at Princeton, and had two short stories published in Seventeen magazine while still a student. Realism - and a profound desire to be able to pay the rent - led Picoult to a series of different jobs following her graduation: as a technical writer for a Wall Street brokerage firm, as a copywriter at an ad agency, as an editor at a textbook publisher, and as an 8th grade English teacher - before entering Harvard to pursue a master's in education. She married Tim Van Leer, whom she had known at Princeton, and it was while she was pregnant with her first child that she wrote her first novel, Songs of the Humpback Whale.

In 2003 she was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction. She has also been the recipient an Alex Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association, sponsored by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust and Booklist, one of ten books written for adults that have special appeal for young adults; the Book Browse Diamond Award for novel of the year; a lifetime achievement award for mainstream fiction from the Romance Writers of America; Cosmopolitan magazine’s ‘Fearless Fiction’ Award 2007; Waterstone’s Author of the Year in the UK, and a Vermont Green Mountain Book Award. Most recently, she wrote five issues of the Wonder Woman comic book series for DC Comics. Her books are translated into thirty four languages in thirty five countries. Two – The Pact and Plain Truth – were made into television movies; a third, The Tenth Circle, will air on Lifetime this summer. My Sister’s Keeper is currently in development at New Line Cinema, with Nick Cassavetes directing and Cameron Diaz starring.

She and Tim and their three children live in Hanover, New Hampshire with two Springer spaniels, two donkeys, two geese, three ducks, six chickens, and the occasional Holstein.