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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 disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that eighteen-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life. When Ellie Hathaway, a disillusioned big-city attorney, comes to Para...more
Paperback, 405 pages
Published August 2007 by Washington Square Press (first published January 1st 2000)
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Jami
I really enjoyed this book. In fact, I could hardly put it down from the minute I started reading it. I think Picoult has a genuine talent for writing and coming up with unique story ideas.


SPOILER AHEAD!


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
Anemone
I thought this book was pretty crummy even though it was a page-turner. I really wanted to know what happens to Katie, and what happened to the baby so I kept reading, but I didn't really enjoy the experience--I won't be reading again. Too much filler, not enough book.

Specifically:
* 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
Maria
Apr 23, 2008 Maria rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: no one.
I have read many of Jodi Picoult's books and I have to say this one sucked. I was not intrigued by Katie, I was annoyed and exasperated with her.

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
Jann
Aug 06, 2008 Jann rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jann by: Jill Stewart
Far be it for me to ruin anything for anyone who has yet to read this, but I really hated the end. I really, really hated it. This book had five stars in my head until I read the ending, if that gives you any indication how much I hated the ending.

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
MJ Nicholls
My interview with the fêted author, taken from Real Bewks Magazine (June 2010):

Tell us about your latest book, My Crazy Family.

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
Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
3 1/2 stars rounded to 4. My 1st Jodi Picoult and the perfect introduction - chosen because it offered a glimpse into the world of the Amish.
Kipi
Jan 12, 2008 Kipi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kipi by: Haylee
Shelves: fiction
My daughter mentioned to me that she had read several of Jodi Picoult's books and said that she thought I should read one. I have to admit that I had seen the books before, but they just didn't appeal to me; however, on Haylee's recommendation I gave this one a try. Wow. I literally could not put it down. I read until 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning several days in a row, only stopping when I could not keep my eyes open any longer. Ms. Picoult is a brilliant writer who can draw her reader into the l...more
Angeld01
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Ellie
The Plain Truth is an intriguing and thought-provoking read. It is an excellently written and extremely enjoyable novel that's packed full of suspense. The novel is thoroughly gripping from beginning to end and will educate you and fascinate you at once. The level of research and detail that went into describing the Amish culture was amazing. The characters were realistic, well-developed and likeable, and even though they were from a vastly different culture I still found them relatable.

Five st...more
Ms Bubbles SockieP
Of all Picoult's books this is the only one (that I read, and I read ad nauseum - until the formulaic writing got me) that had a really good ending. It wasn't original, it's been done before, but in this context it wasn't guessable. The Plain Truth would make an excellent horror film a la Stephen King.
Maria
I really liked the idea of this book, I wanted it to be better than it was.... but the writing was so formulaic. My criticisms are as follows (spoilers included):

* 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
Annette
Wow. I think I just found a new favorite contemporary author. I'll have to read more of Picoult.
Thomas
"Plain Truth" is about Ellie Hathaway, a lawyer from Pennsylvania who comes to an Amish community to defend Katie, an eighteen year old accused of murdering her own newborn child. During the bail process of Katie's trial, Ellie becomes her bail official person, or the person that must stay with Katie always so she can stay at her farm home. While Ellie stays with Katie, she learns the ways of the Amish community and their practices, their ways of life, and their obvious truth. And everything get...more
Noeleen
I was slightly disappointed with this book. I've read much better books by Jodi Picoult. I did learn a lot about Amish culture, something I knew nothing about and this aspect of the book was very interesting and educational. I felt there were a number of things that didn't work for me with this one though. I didn't like the main character, Katie, she came across as cold and distant and I found it difficult to muster up any feeling for her. I felt that the 'ghost' references surrounding Hannah we...more
Dannika
I had resisted reading a book by this author for a long time, without any valid reason, just because I saw her all over on the shelves at Target, or something. Boy am I sorry I did. I really liked listening to this book even though the voices of the narrators bothered me. The characters and the story were compelling even though they were mildly predictable, but not in a take your intelligence for granted kind of way. I now look forward to reading other books by Jodi Picoult and am glad that I jo...more
Jennifer
4.0 Stars

This novel revolves around the life of Katie Fisher, an Amish girl who is accused of killing her newborn infant after concealing her pregnancy and delivering the baby in secret. Fortunately for Katie, at the time of her arrest, she has a distant and unknown relative named Ellie Hathaway, who is a high profile criminal attorney. Ellie is taking a much needed break from her career after concluding a stressful criminal trial and ending her eight year relationship that failed to yield the c...more
Connie
Once again Ms Picoult does not disappoint. She has told a story of a tragic occurance with characters that are very real and likable. The story centers around a young Amish girl, Katie Fischer who has been charged with the murder of her newborn baby. Enter the hardened and world weary Ellie Hathaway to defend her "cousin". Though the story follows the investigation and trial, the true story lies in the relationship between these two women and their two worlds colliding. In the end it is perhaps...more
K
Well, I have to say this -- Jodi Picoult writes a gripping story. The book had its flaws -- there were aspects which were difficult to believe and/or could have been better written, and I wasn't 100% sure she got the Amish thing right, even though she claims to have received affirmation to that effect from formerly Amish individuals. However, I give her credit for selecting an original topic and setting, and maintaining my consistently high level of interest for 400-some pages (even though I did...more
Vasia
not my favourite by jodi picoult, didn't really convince me but i learnt a lot about the Plain people and their lifestyle hence the 3 stars .
Sara
What a beautifully written story with twists and turns and an engaging plot throughout! The writing was clever, the organization was fun, and the multi-character points of view were rewarding. The story, the case, and the mystery were all so very well presented. I enjoyed being in on some secrets and guessing on others.

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
Carol
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Emily
This is the first Jodi Picoult novel that I've read and I have got to be honest- I'm not too impressed.
"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
Julie
This was a great book, rich in detail and drama. Katie Fisher, a young unmarried Amish woman, gives birth in secret and the infant's body is found dead in her family's barn. Her distant cousin, Ellie Hathaway becomes involved and ends up representing Katie in a controversial court-room drama. In preparation for the trial, Ellie lives with the Fishers on their farm and learns the customs of the Amish.

Picoult delivers a very emotional story narrated alternately in third person and first person fr...more
Ana T.
This is my third book by Jodi Picoult. I must say that I liked this one better than the first two, first because it reads more like a mystery and that is one of my favourite genres and secondly because I did like the main characters and what they stood for. My problem now is that I feel that Picoult always chooses subjects that are not only emotionally charged but very polemic and so a guarantee of big sales. I can understand one of these subjects being dear to one’s heart and so wanting to writ...more
Melissa
I finished this book because I wanted to know how it ended, but getting to the end was pretty difficult. First off, the style got pretty confusing at times. Picoult used multiple narrators and switched between third-person and first-person so often that there was a few times I didn't know whose point-of-view I was reading.

SPOILER ALERT

The ending of the book was rather predictable. About a third of the way through the book I noticed that Picoult didn't put too much focus on Katie's mother, which...more
Terri Ann
This is a difficult book to rate in a similar, though less extreme, fashion as was The DaVinci Code. Compelling story, poor writing. I selected this book from the paperback table in Maui because of Ms. Picoult's pedigree, Yale and Princeton, an interest in the story line, and an attraction to her, that should we crosspaths we'd become quick coffee friends.

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
Amy
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Joyzi
Mar 23, 2012 Joyzi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Fans of Jodi Picoult
Recommended to Joyzi by: Monique
The book started a bit slow. Compared to the other Jodi Picoult books that I've read (My Sister's Keeper, Nineteen Minutes, The Pact) this seems a bit dragging and you probably be bored reading the first half of the book. The thing that I don't like about it is some of the parts of the book is irrelevant and is only there as fillers. Like for example, the paranormal aspect of the story wherein Katie can see her sister Hannah's ghost in the pond. The love story of Katie and Adam is also written p...more
Richard
I'm confused - is Picoult considered a writer of young adult fiction? This is the first one of her books that I've read and am quite surprised at how shallow it all was. Lazy plotting, superficial characters and courtroom shenanigans all contribute to a tale that's neither believable nor very engaging.

Teenage Katie is an Amish woman accused of suffocating her infant immediately after giving birth to it. Lawyer Ellie just happens to be in the area, reluctantly takes on the case and is forced to l...more
Jenny
This is the second Jodi Picoult book I have read and there seems to be a common theme...the twist at the end. I will not give it away, but there definately was one in here. The twist might make you a little mad, just like it did in the other Picoult book, My Sister's Keeper.

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".

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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-two novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

Her upcoming novel, LEAVING TIME, will be released on October 14, 2014.

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