Yes, I had to read a Jodi Picoult book while I was sick to make myself cry. The Pact was another great Picoult novel that made a tragic event a personal family tragedy. Chris and Emily have been together since they were infants and it was only natural that they should start dating as teenagers. Their parents are also great friends. Their world is torn apart when they receive a phone call one night and discover that Emily and Chris have been shot. Determining the exact events of the night is harrowing and a good read. It was depressing though as a parent to think about your children being involved in such circumstances in the future. It does make you think.
My only complaint is that the version that I read had too descriptive of a book blurb on the back cover and it actually ruined the “surprise” at the end of novel for me. I would suggest skipping reading the blurb on your copy if you can!
Book Source: I received this book at our white elephant gift exchange for one of my book clubs. I read it for our March book club meeting, which unfortunately I wasn't able to attend as I was sick!