Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Pact

The Pact by Jodi Picoult

This is a typical Jodi Picoult book. A controversial subject is explored and a twist is introduced at the end.

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

First Line: "There was nothing left to say"



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