The Hartes and the Golds have been friends and neighbors for almost two decades, and it seems almost a foregone conclusion that teenaged Chris Harte and Emily Gold will end up together one day. Although both families are joyful when a romance blossoms, Emily soon discovers that she is pregnant and begins to seriously contemplate suicide. Chris is at her side when she dies and despite his assertion that the two had made a suicide pact, he is charged with her murder. Culminating in a nail-biting courtroom scene, THE PACT examines the timeless themes of family ties and friendship and asks how well parents can ever really know their own children.
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.
Number of Pages: 389
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Publisher: Avon A
Author: Jodi Picoult
Street Date: March 1, 2006
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-3051