What is the summary for The Pact by Jodi Picoult?

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caitlinm3 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What an amazing book! I hope you enjoyed this read as much as I did!

This is a story about love, friendship, morals, and tragedy. Chris and Emily are the main characters in the story. The two of them grow up as neighbors and are closer than most siblings are. The bond between Chris and Emily grows into a relationship filled with such a strong love that they are able to feel what the other is feeling, especially pain. One night, their parents receive a phone call explaining that they must get to the hospital. Chris ends up having a large cut on his head and Emily is dead from a gun shot wound. The police start by saying it's a suicide, but during the next few days the police suggest that Chris killed Emily. Chris explains to the police that it was a suicide pact gone wrong. However, the story gets even more complicated when the autopsy report for Emily's body shows that she was pregnant before she died. More people start to think that this was even more reason for Chris to kill Emily.

The story continues with Chris and his lawyer, Jordan McAfee, fighting to prove Chris' innocence. In the end, Chris sits on the stand in court and expresses to the court everything that happened the night of Emily's death. Chris did not want to see the love of his life living with the pain she was living with and agreed to help her commit suicide, but in the end it was Emily that pulled the trigger while Chris held the gun.

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