The Pact by Jodi Picoult
Published on: 18/07/2005
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
My rating: 4.5 of 5 star
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 – 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. After all, they’ve been soul mates since they were born.
So when midnight calls from the hospital come in, no one is prepared: Emily is dead at seventeen from a gunshot wound to the head, inflicted by Chris as part of an apparent suicide pact. He tells police the next bullet was meant for himself. A local detective has her doubts. And the Hartes and Golds must face every parent’s worst nightmare and question: do we ever really know our children at all?
When I closed this book, I had two thoughts. One is this is one of the best books I have ever read and second is it will take me a long time (if not never) before I will be able to look at that cover again without tearing up.
What I liked:
The first reason I loved this book was it made me think, think hard, while I was reading it and also after I had finished reading it. It made me think and think, about people, about relationships, about what could have happened, and about what happened.
The second reason I loved this book, had to be the characters. Emily, Chris, Gus, James, Melanie, Michael, Jordan. The characters were so well developed and so very human. There is so much variety in character nature/personality in this book, every person who is introduced is different. They have different approaches to things and so very different reactions to similar things. All the characters in this book will always occupy a space in my head where I store ‘unforgettable’ characters especially Emily, Gus, Michael, James and Chris. If you are someone like me who is slightly plot driven person but also loves books with great characters, then this is the book for you. The perfect book.
And while we are on the subject of characters I just want to mention a side character who was only present for few pages, but still touched my heart. He is Steve. He is such a great character, and I really like to thank Jodi Picoult for introducing him to us.
Emotions…. every emotion was so well described in this book. Oh my God!!!! Every emotion. Another reason why I loved this book so much. Especially the parts of grief, they were so very beautifully written. And also the parts of hurt, pain, they were also so beautifully described.
Why I didn’t Give it 5 Stars
I really only have one problem with this book, that it took me a quite some time to get into it. It is my problem with all books which start with a mystery/thriller like setting and then divert in a different direction where unraveling that mystery/thriller becomes a side focus. But once I got into this book there was no going back. I enjoyed it all through till the end. I would also like to mention another problem, though is not any kind of major issue, I just wanted to see a bit more of Melanie, I just wish a few more pages were dedicated to her.
If you want a story that is both character driven and plot driven and something that will make you think, then this is the one for you.
I have reviewed this book to the best of my ability, but I still feel like I have left out so many other good things about this book. This book is just so damn good.