Follows the experiences of the authors, three friends who grew up in impoverished families in Newark, New Jersey, and who supported one another in their dreams of becoming doctors in spite of tremendous disadvantages.
In The Pact a gripping Kate Burkholder short mystery from New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo, a terrifying disappearance in Amish country reveals the power of friendship. Three days before Thanksgiving, two boys disappear without a trace. Eleven-year-old Aaron Kuhns is Amish. Kevin Dennison is twelve and “English.” They’re adventurers, explorers, and inseparable best friends. When they don’t return home from what was supposed to be a fun afternoon of fishing, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must find the missing boys before the first winter storm of the season bears down on Painters Mill.
Sarah Roberts has lost her ability to hear her sister's messages. All forms of communication with Vivian are gone. Unless Sarah fulfills a pact with Vivian, one she knows nothing about, their ties will remain severed forever. In a time capsule Vivian prepared almost twenty-five years ago when she was still alive, prophecies and documents await Sarah. Several of the documents are addressed to people Vivian thought Sarah might know in the future. When Sarah's father mails these documents, Sarah's world is flipped upside-down. Instead of Sarah hearing her sister and performing tasks, Sarah's friends are the ones hearing Vivian's words through the letters she wrote to them years ago. Back then, Vivian hadn't been clear on what each person should do to save Sarah's life. Since the near future affects Sarah personally, Vivian cannot intervene and communicate with her directly. The future becomes the enemy and the only way to stop it is to cease moving forward, to die. Sarah fights to stay alive without any spiritual guidance, something she has never done before, which becomes her undoing when she walks into a trap she cannot walk away from, and no one is there to save her.
Nikki Vataro lost her family when she was eleven years old. She spent two years after their loss getting in trouble and three and a half years after that in juvenile detention. At seventeen, she is being released to start a new life. Can she learn to live by the rules or will she spend the rest of her life dodging the law? With the help of some good friends, she just might make it.