“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.”- Goodreads
I have had love affair with Jodi Picoult for many years. I absolutely love how she interweaves family drama, court cases, and life in general in all her books. I really loved the following books of hers: My Sisters Keeper, Nineteen Minutes, Salem Falls, House Rules, Perfect Match and The Storyteller. All are amazing. The Pact was one the first books I ever read of hers and one that will stick with me always. Chris and Emily have grown up together and eventually fall in love. Their families are close friends and life is just amazing. Then one night they got a call. Emily is dead and Chris is still alive. Is it a failed suicide pact? Murder? This one is heartbreaking and so beautiful. I loved reading the flashbacks about the pairs youth. The Pact is a must read for any Jodi Picoult fan.