PASSAGE NO. 1:
"He was in its icy grip again, though for no discernible reason. Charlotte and Emily were healthy, well-adjusted kids. He and Paige were happy together - absurdly happy, considering how many thirty-something couples of their acquaintance were divorced, separated, or cheating on each other. Financially, they were more secure than they had ever expected to be. Nevertheless, Marty knew something was wrong." (11)
This passage describes the perfect family life of Marty, but makes you feel like you are being led to a highpoint in the book. You see Marty loading guns, locking windows, turning on the alarm, and still he feels dread, not knowing if he is doing enough. As for the perfect family, I don't believe that they actually exist. My parents are recently divorced after more than 20 years of marriage. People are constantly changing due to outside circumstances, so I don't believe anyone lives in a "perfect" family.
PASSAGE NO. 2:
"Her father's snappishness reminded Charlotte that he was not himself. She behaved not out of fear that he'd spank her or shout at her, but because it was important not to disappoint him or Mom. It was the best feeling in the world when she got a good grade at school. And absolutely nothing was worse than messing up - and seeing a sad look of disappointment in their eyes, even when they didn't punish her or say anything." (20)
This passage fits in the book by describing the non-violent way Marty handles disappointment, when in previous pages, the murderer becomes disappointment and turns to murder to make himself feel better. You see two people who are the exact opposites of each other.
I can relate to this passage because my parents didn't spank or hit me when I was bad,