“This last canvas was washed with a red and black background. A floating skull grinned out from the picture, bone white and gleaming, a painfully blue sky streaked with clouds showing through the holes of the eye sockets. A realistic red tongue snaked out from between yellow teeth. At the bottom, Emily had signed her name. And titled it Self-Portrait.” (Picoult 281)
No one saw the signs until it was too late, but how could they, when she used every part of herself to hide from the truth.
If your immerse yourself in heartrenching tragedies like Romeo and Juliet, then Jodi Picoult's "The Pact" is the book for you.
"The gun slipped on Emily’s temple, and he suddenly knew that if Emily killed herself, he would die. Maybe not immediately, maybe not with the same blinding pain, but it would happen. You couldn't live for very long without a heart.” (Picoult “The Pact”)
She was his entire life, and he sacrificed his heart to end her pain.
“(kisses JULIET, takes out the poison) Come, bitter conduct, come, unsavoury guide. Thou desperate pilot, now once run on the dashing rocks thy seasick, weary bark. Here’s to my love! (drinks the poison) O true apothecary, Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die.” (Act 5, Scene ?)
“If in thy wisdom thou canst give no help, do thou but call my resolution wise, and with this knife I’ll help it presently.” (Act 4, Scene 1)
The despair in each of these works are equally palpable. Which creates a realistic second hand experiance for the reader. Failure to invest in such an experiance will be the ultimate loss.