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Pact (original 1998; edition 2005)
by Jodi Picoult
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061150142, Mass Market Paperback)
Until the phone calls came at three o'clock on a November morning, the Golds and their neighbors, the Hartes, had been inseparable. It was no surprise to anyone when their teenage children, Chris and Emily, began showing signs that their relationship was moving beyond that of lifelong friends. But now seventeen-year-old Emily is dead—shot with a gun her beloved and devoted Chris pilfered from his father's cabinet as part of an apparent suicide pact—leaving two devastated families stranded in the dark and dense predawn, desperate for answers about an unthinkable act and the children they never really knew.
From New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult—one of the most powerful writers in contemporary fiction—comes a riveting, timely, heartbreaking, and terrifying novel of families in anguish and friendships ripped apart by inconceivable violence.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:27:00 -0400)
For 18 years the Hartes and Golds have lived next door to each other, sharing everything from Chinese food to chicken pox to carpool duty. Parents and children alike are best friends--so it's no surprise that Chris and Emily's friendship blossoms into something more. They've been soul mates since they were born. When calls come in from the hospital, no one is prepared for the appalling truth: Emily is dead at seventeen from a gunshot to the head, inflicted by Chris as part of an apparent suicide pact. The gun holds a single bullet that Chris tells police he intended for himself, but a local detective has his doubts.
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