The 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 not 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?
This is a great book.
I was interested all the way though as you’re fed small peices of information that make up the whole picture of what really happened.
I was left guessing for most of the book until the author explained it to us and also pretty much told us what actually happened and the reasons why.
I think it was a great story for showing about pressure that kids receive from their parents about being the best that they can.
And for showing how some times things can be really over-whelming. Hopefully most people would talk to others rather than thinking about killing themselves.
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