The Pact

by Jodi Picoult | Other |
ISBN: 0340838035 Global Overview for this book
Registered by tutleymutley of Newton Abbot, Devon United Kingdom on 5/30/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by tutleymutley from Newton Abbot, Devon United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 30, 2006
I enjoyed another book by Jodi Picoult ("My Sister's Keeper"), so I was pleased to discover this one in a charity shop raid...

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Synopsis
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. For eighteen years the Hartes and the Golds have lived next door to each other, sharing everything from Chinese food to chicken pox to carpool duty. Parents and children alike are best friends - so it's no surprise that in high school Chris and Emily's friendship blossoms into something more. They've been soul mates since they were born. When the midnight calls come in from the hospital, no one is prepared for the appalling truth: Emily is dead at seventeen from a gunshot wound to the head as part of an apparent suicide pact. The gun holds a single unspent bullet that Chris tells police he intended for himself, but a local detective has doubts. And the Hartes and Golds, in a single terrifying moment, must face every parent's worst fear: do we ever really know our children at all?

From the Inside Flap
Jodi Picoult paints an indelible portrait of families in anguish, culminating in an astonishingly tense courtroom drama as Chris finds himself on trial for murder. The Pact is storytelling at its best: wonderfully observed, deeply moving, and utterly impossible to put down.

About the Author
Jodi Picoult grew up in Nesconset, New York. She received an A.B. in creative writing from Princeton and a master's degree in education from Harvard. Her previous novels include Keeping Faith and Mercy. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

Journal Entry 2 by tutleymutley from Newton Abbot, Devon United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 02, 2007
I do so enjoy reading Jodi Picoult - this was no exception. This is a love story - and the tale of two confused teenagers.
I enjoyed her characterisations - the storyline was credible and gripping. She researches thoroughly and it shows. Her writing might be full of cliches - but it flows.
I could spoil the ending by complaining about it but I won't.
I've just read it in two sittings - and the characters are still very much in mind. I want to know why Melanie couldn't face up to her guilt, and why she burned the truth of the diary. I've loads of questions I wanted to have answered.

Journal Entry 3 by Twicky from Twickenham, Middlesex United Kingdom on Saturday, June 30, 2007
Picked up in the female swap at uncon

Journal Entry 4 by Twicky from Twickenham, Middlesex United Kingdom on Monday, May 04, 2009
My third Jodi Picoult. For the first few pages I feared it was going to be too like some of the others (esp. Nineteen Minutes) but the story had me gripped and actually most of the plot was very plausible, the characters strong and the suspense and generally the novel was well thought through. Very moving in places and had me in tears towards the end.

Thanks Tutleymutley. Sorry it's taken so long to get around to reading this and if there's anything you'd like me to do with it next (other than release it again) do let me know.

Best wishes, Twicky.

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