The Golds and the Hartes, neighbors for eighteen years, have always been inseparable. So have their children-and it's no surprise that in high school Chris and Emily's friendship blossoms into something more. But the bonds of family, friendship, and passion-which had seemed so indestructible -- suddenly threaten to unravel in the wake of unexpected tragedy.
When midnight calls from the hospital come in, no one is ready for the truth. Emily is dead at seventeen from a gunshot wound to the head. There's a single unspent bullet in the gun that Chris pilfered 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 describes.
This extraordinary, heart-rending novel asks questions that every parent faces: How much do we know about our children? 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 . . . and creates an astonishingly suspenseful courtroom drama, as Chris finds himself on trial for murder.
It's rare to find a writer who combines Alice Hoffman's gift for evoking everyday life in pellucid prose with a remarkable ability to create a legal page-turner that will keep you up all night reading, but this is such a book. The Pact rings true: wonderfully observed, truly moving, frightening, and utterly impossible to put down....Continua
"Truth is in the eye of the beholder."
When you look at someone you love, what do you see? Who he truly is? Or who everyone thinks he is? Or, who you hope him to be?
This book gives a detailed description of teenagers' fear of the unknown future. They are afraid that some invisible force might tear their dreams apart, making them unable to live up to their loved ones' expectation and becoming an unbearable disappointment in both other people's life and their own life. The ever-changing uncertainty of the world they're going to step into can be frightening especially when you are already holding something too dear for you to lose.
The courthouse part in this novel is surprisingly exciting (though the outcome seems kind of weird), and with the specially arranged crisscross of the timeline, you won't be able to put down the novel before you finish reading it....Continua
I seriously cannot see how so many people found this book even slightly "romantic". There is nothing romantic in Emily and Chris's relationship, but rather I found their "love" disturbing. He almost forces himself on her, not understanding (or maybe ignoring) her discomfort. Then, how are we are supposed to believe these two were two halves of a whole?
I could not empathize with Emily at all, I was completely unable to feel sorry for her. The plot was just not really credible. It all felt pretty unnatural, I was expecting something more by this author, which usually entertains me pretty well....Continua
My Sister's Keeper,
The Tenth Circle,
Change of Hearts...and
The auther was inspired by her previous life as an English teacher that one little girl of her students was suicidal. That girl was very lucky because her parents, her guildance counselor and four subject teachers were known about her situation and they all work hard to keep her focused. But the teenage girl Emily Gold is not that lucky in this book that no one knows she is suicidal until she died. The only person Emily turns to is Chris Hartes who is her life-time friend and lover for their family Hartes and Golds have lived next door to each other for eighteen years that they've grown so close it seems they have always been a part of each other's lives.
The aurther also wants to write an anti-Romeo and Juliet story: Emily turns to Chris and asks his help not to save her life but help her to suicide instead of they commit suicide together; and two very close family intead of enemies. 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.
Emily made Chris to commit a pact which leads to lies and ultimately destruction of two families. It’s a tragedy (although I have several options to prevent it in my mind), a love story, and court-room drama (my faverate part) all rolled into one, and Jodi Picoult make her the best storyteller amazingly once again....Continua