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The Pact by Jodi Picoult

The Pact by Jodi Picoult (unabridged audiobook read by George Guidall): The Golds and the Hartes are neighbors and best friends. Their children, Chris Harte and Emily Gold, are raised practically as siblings, and start dating seriously as teenagers. As the story opens, Emily dies from a gunshot wound to the head and Chris claims it was a botched double suicide attempt. Soon after, Chris is on trial for the murder of his girlfriend. There’s some interesting discussion of how well parents can really know their teenage children and some decent drama between the two families, but for the most part it’s pretty unconvincing. The parents are remarkably unwilling to ask obvious questions, and I find it hard to believe that Chris and Emily would have been so tight-lipped for so long. This is one of Picoult’s books I would recommend skipping, especially since several of her other works are so excellent.

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