For 18 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 soulmates since they were born. But when midnight calls from the hospital come in, no one is ready for the appalling truth: Emily is dead at 17 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. As its chapters unfold, alternating between an idyllic past and an unthinkable present, The Pact paints an indelible portrait of families in anguish … culminating in an astonishingly suspenseful courtroom drama as Chris finds himself on trial for murder.
WOW!!!! I felt so bad for everyone involved. Chris and Emily were brought up as brother and sister and then just about forced by their parents to be lovers.
I think Emily didn’t realize all the choices she had. She felt pressured to be Chris’ girl and eventually wife. She had options to get out, just didn’t realize them at the time.
Chris was so caught up in Emily, he didn’t realize his own life, needs, wants, beyond her. He was so caught up in her, he couldn’t see a life without her, he couldn’t live without her.
I think the ending was perfect…the future is yet to be written, no one should pressure you to do anything…it’s your future, your choices, your decisions.
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As usual with Harlan Coben I was sucked in right away. I know I am in for another mind twisting ride that I don’t want to end.
For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive.
Everyone tells him it’s time to move on, to forget the past once and for all. But for David Beck, there can be no closure. A message has appeared on his computer, a phrase only he and his dead wife know. Suddenly Beck is taunted with the impossible — that somewhere, somehow, Elizabeth is alive.
Beck has been warned to tell no one. And he doesn’t. Instead, he runs from the people he trusts the most, plunging headlong into a search for the shadowy figure whose messages hold out a desperate hope.
But already Beck is being hunted down. He’s headed straight into the heart of a dark and deadly secret — and someone intends to stop him before he gets there.(less)
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