The Pact : A Love Story
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
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. They've been soul mates since they were born. So when midnight calls from the hospital come in, no one is ready for the appalling truth: Emily is dead at seventeen 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.
The Golds and Hartes have lived side by side for years and their children have grown up together. Chris and Emily were destined to be soul mates. When a call from the hospital comes in the middle of the night, everyone is surprised. Emily is dead from a gunshot wound and Chris says they had a suicide pact. But the gun is from Chris' father's gun collection and forensics points to something other than suicide.
The book alternately portrays Chris and Emily growing up with scenes of the present. The idyllic past is interlaced with the anguish of the present. Picoult shows how each family member copes with the other family and the grief shared by all.
This book explores the idea of how well we know our children and how strong the bonds of friendship are. Picoult has once again written a book which had me reading well after the lights should have been out
This was more difficult to read than Picoult's other books. There was something too grusome about Emily's death that didn't sit right with me...or maybe it was Chris' family's reaction. Good but not great in the end.
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