In Pitch Black by Melody Carlson, a troubled young girl is confronted at school with the news that her best friend is dead. Morgan is faced with the horrible news that Jason, perfect Jason, killed himself.
The pain of losing him, accompanied by the guilt as she remembers things Jason said to her that now are clearly a cry for help, makes Morgan envy Jason. Morgan and two friends make a suicide pact. Deeply grieving for their friend, all three see death as an end to their pain.
Pitch Black is riveting but not a comfortable book to read. It’s a troubling look into the empty lives of teenagers, with little parental guidance, too much emotional pain and no spiritual base. Morgan has fallen away from her faith in God, seeing her life as so miserable that she doesn’t know what good believing is. Ms. Carlson takes us behind the cool mask of indifference a teenager is so good at maintaining and examines what might drive her to take her own life.
It is a powerful book that should be available to troubled kids and their parents, with it’s insights into a child’s despair and faith based solutions that give real hope. –- Mary Connealy, Christian Book Previews.com
If Morgan thought her life was tough before—what with a drug-addicted, klepto brother and a cradle-robbing mother—it just got worse. Last night, her close friend Jason took his own life. Smart-funny-good listener-and perfect in just about every way-Jason Harding is gone forever.
Someone please wake me from this nightmare.
Jason's death sends Morgan reeling. She copes—or tries to—by attempting to piece together vague clues that might explain her friend's suicide. Making matters worse, Morgan can't help but feel responsible because she wasn't there for her friend when he needed her most. Sometimes she thinks maybe Jason had the right idea all along. Morgan feels lost in a pitch-black abyss. Her only way out is to put the final clues together—to uncover an answer to her most haunting question.