The Pact

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Allen & Unwin, 2003 - Bereavement - 451 pages
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For eighteen years the Hartes and the Golds have lived next door to each other. 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 a midnight call from the hospital comes in, no one is read 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. The profound questions faced by the characters in this heart-rending novel are those we can all relate to: How well do we ever really know our children or our friends? What if . . . ? 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.

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User Review  - jenn88 - LibraryThing

I couldn't put it down. I wanted more, more, more! "The Pact" has something to do between seventeen-year-old Emily Gold and seventeen-year-old Chris Harte. The pair had been best friends their entire ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bauernfeind - LibraryThing

If you have or have ever had teenage children, you've got to read this book. It is so true that as older adults we tend to forget, perhaps intentionally teenage angst, the emotional turmoil ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Jodi Picoult was born in Nesconset, New York on May 19, 1966. She received a degree in creative writing from Princeton University in 1987 and a master's degree in education from Harvard University. She published two short stories in Seventeen magazine while still in college. Immediately after graduation, she landed a variety of jobs, ranging from editing textbooks to teaching eighth-grade English. Her first book, Songs of the Humpback Whale, was published in 1992. Her other works include Picture Perfect, Mercy, The Pact, Salem Falls, The Tenth Circle, Nineteen Minutes, Change of Heart, Handle with Care, House Rules, Sing You Home, Lone Wolf, Leaving Time, and Small Great Things. My Sister's Keeper was made into a movie starring Cameron Diaz. She received the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003. She also wrote five issues of the Wonder Woman comic book series for DC Comics. She writes young adult novels with her daughter Samantha van Leer including Between the Lines and Off the Page.

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