I would first like to start by saying that this book for me personally was very moving. Every time I picked it up it took me to that dark place. I am a very happy and positive person so some times it was hard on me. These two young adults had grown up together, were friends their entire life and then the friendship turned into romantic love but one of them is battling something very dark and decides that not living is the best decision. How do you let someone you love so much go? That's what hit me hardest, I put myself and my relationship into the story and it made my heart ache.
The other part of this book that was so sad to me is the deterioration of Gus and Melanie's relationship. Gus Harte befriends Melanie Gold when the Gold's move in next door to the Hartes and they become even closer when they realize they are both pregnant and have very close due dates. The book toggles back and forth between past (following Chris and Emily as they grow up) and the present. You really get a sense of one big family between these two households and the friendship between Gus and Melanie grow. This big family falls apart with the death of Emily what is Melanie to do when a boy she treated as her own kills her own flesh and blood? How does Gus defend her son against the woman whose daughter was just killed?
In the end you never really know why Emily wanted to end her life, I feel like there was more beyond the molestation and the pregnancy some problems that went unknown and unsolved. What was in her diary that her mother burned? Somethings I wish were answered but maybe it's more intriguing left unanswered.
A dark novel that will make you think.
★★★★ out of 5
About The Pact by Jodi PicoultThe Hartes and the Golds have lived next door to each other for eighteen years. They have shared everything from family picnics to chicken pox – so it's no surprise that in high school Chris and Emily's friendship blossoms into something more.
When the midnight calls come in from the hospital, no one is prepared: Emily is dead at seventeen from a gunshot wound to the head, inflicted by Chris as part of an apparent suicide pact. He tells the police the next bullet was meant for himself. A local detective has her doubts. And the Hartes and Golds must face every parent's worst nightmare and question: do we ever really know our children at all?