From the bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper comes the riveting story of a murder that shatters the picturesque calm of Amish country -- and tests the heart and soul of the lawyer defending the woman at the center of the storm.
The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disc...more
There were a couple of things that bothered me at the end, though. I had pretty much figured out halfway through the book that Sarah had been aware of her daughter's pregnancy and was the one who had hidden the dead infant. I really felt, though, that it was inconsistent of Sarah to have both kil...more
* It's set among the Amish. However, I get the feeling the author doesn't really understand them, she just thought it'd be a cool setting. That irritates me.
* It's full of overused elements, such "city girl goes to far...more
Now, that being said: the rest of this book was great. The characters, for the most part, had depth and were questioning various aspects of their own morality. I have to admit that the main character, Ellie, fell a little flat. Okay, a lot flat. What...more
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It is a tale of families, I suppose. Families and how they screw us up! Ha-ha-ha! In my last book, Auntie Janet’s Gallstone, I drew heavily from my experiences with my Auntie Janet. She is such a brave woman and I felt I had to tell her story, you know? I didn’t even think about it, I just wrote it down. In this book, I took a different approach. I looked at my family an...more
The dialogue was cheesy in many areas, and the whole thing with Hannah’s ghost was just stupid. I mean, it really does seem that the only reason the ghost was added was so that the author could explain Katie’s attraction to Adam. Oh look, he’s a ghost hunter and I see a ghost—hmmm, it must be meant to be: we should have sex. Blah.
I’m really disappointe...more
I liked how the book dealt with and showed many sides to a sensitive, ethical issue. It made me think about what I would do or how I would react in those situations. I felt like...more
Picoult delivers a very emotional story narrated alternately in third person and first person fr...more
She's also written 14 novels and been given awards for her entire body of work. Thus, I was shocked by the writing style, which was overly ex...more
I loved this book. One of Picoult’s strengths is her character development and cd was outstanding in this book. She clearly does good research too. I’ve read quite a lot of fiction about the Amish and she ca...more
The book I’m currently reading is called Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult. It’s about an Amish baby that’s found dead in a barn who might have been killed by its own mother, an eighteen-year-old Amish girl named Katie Fisher. Ellie Hathaway ends up becoming Katie’s attorney for the case after she arrives at her aunt’s house for a visit. There’s one huge snag in this case: Katie won’t admit she had the baby. She denies giving birth over and over and OVER! This is just making the cas...more
I was somewhat surprised at the language, but otherwise, the book was really good.
This is the story of Katie, an Amish girl who wakes up one morning and finds that she is standing accused of murdering her newborn son. Trouble is, she doesn't remember being pregnant and doesn't remember giving birth. It is also the story of...more
I thought I knew about the Amish before reading this book, but really I had no clue. Much of their culture is explained in the book and it's very interesting. The author did a ton of research on the "plain".
The beginning of...more
"Plain Truth" is about an Amish girl who secretly had a baby and is being accused of killing it and a big shot girl-power lawyer who tries to defend her. The story line itself is interesting and is what compelled me to finish. I like the court setting, the mystery, and I also liked learning a bit about the Amish- but this book should have been much shorter than it was. There were a lot of word...more
What if a terrible crime occurred in Amish country, and...more
I didn't really get the ending bit about Sarah hiding the scissors because that doesn't show that she killed the baby and plus sar...more
* it seems that poor editing or unfinished writing left awkward, unfinished, or contradictory elements throughout the book. For example: in the initial pages Ellie gets into a fight with Stephen about having a child and she tells him although he would not get vasectomy reversal there are other ways they could have had a baby. Yet later...more
[about the amish]
Ellie's two problems were charging her laptop battery and her mobile phone battery. Mine would be identical. My computer and internet connection are the two biggest things I rely on electricity for and I'd be there running a generator to charge them up too.
I think the fridge is probably my next favourite electric item and the Amish had those running on gas so there would be no problem there. I like re...more
While staying with her aunt, she learns that her cousin, Katie, has been convicted of murdering her newborn child. Katie, is Amish. Ellie falls into the process of defending Katie, 18 and unwe...more
Plain Truth is set in Amish country in Pennsylvania. Like most readers, I have limited experience with the Amish. This book fascinated me with the tidbits it gave me about day to day life. I am intrigued, and it left me desiring to know more about the l...more
Again, Picoult takes a subject I don't know and uses the book as a tiny education. I'm not saying I'm an expert now. But I do have a minor appreciation for the Amish ways now. Sort of. I'm...more
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Make them stay."
And if you can't do that, or don't know how to?"
Ellie shrugged. "I don't know."
Yes, you do. In fact, you've done it. You leave first," Coop said, "so you don't have to watch them walk away.”