The Pact: A Love Story (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author

JODI PICOULT is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-six novels. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction, the ALA’s Alex Award, the New Hampshire Literary Award for Outstanding Literary Merit, and the prestigious Sarah Josepha Hale Award in recognition of her distinguished body of written work. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband. They have three children. You can visit her website at


Praise For…

“It’s hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes.” 
Financial Times

“Picoult is a skilled wordsmith, and she beautifully creates situations that not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us.” 
Boston Globe

"Picoult always tells both sides of a story not with judgment, but with grace.” 
Washington Post

“Picoult is a writer who understands her characters inside and out.” 
— Roxane Gay, New York Times Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061765230
ISBN-10: 0061765236
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: May 19th, 2009
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: P.S.