Malcolm Bannister is a 43 year old lawyer, in Federal Prison, for a crime he didn’t commit. When an opportunity arises for him to finger the murderer...moreMalcolm Bannister is a 43 year old lawyer, in Federal Prison, for a crime he didn’t commit. When an opportunity arises for him to finger the murderer of a Federal Judge, he enters witness protection. Fast paced action and plenty of twists and turns kept me glued to this book. A lot of fun to read and watch Malcolm get his revenge. One of my favorite John Grisham novels.(less)
Several controversial subjects arise in this novel. Picoult is amazing at covering all the angles, leaving the reader to decide which side they agree...moreSeveral controversial subjects arise in this novel. Picoult is amazing at covering all the angles, leaving the reader to decide which side they agree with.
Zoe and Max, married for 10 years, have had several rounds of unsuccessful IVF. After the last round ends with the birth of a stillborn child, they get divorced.
Zoe falls in love and legally marries her lesbian friend, Vanessa. When she remembers there are still 3 frozen embryo's at the lab, she desires to have them implanted into the younger, healthier, Vanessa. Max wants the embryo's to go to his brother and his wife.
The questions: To whom do the embryo's belong? Should a same-sex marriage have the same consideration as a heterosexual one? Can a child raised in gay marriage have a "normal" life? Would the child be more likely to also be gay? In a case like this, how do you separate church and state?
Enter the legal system and Max's born again Christian Church, who supply him with money and a lawyer.
Written with sensitivity and strong characters. This is one of my favorite Picoult novels.(less)
Grisham is clearly anti-death penalty and gives plenty of examples explaining his opinion in this book. A page-turner for me that went far beyond what...moreGrisham is clearly anti-death penalty and gives plenty of examples explaining his opinion in this book. A page-turner for me that went far beyond what I thought the plot was going to cover- a last minute confession from a convicted serial rapist of a murder of a young girl nine years earlier. The innocent man convicted of the crimes is scheduled to die within the week. A last minute push to get a stay of execution shows how politics, police work and egos influence and in fact overwhelm justice. I don't mind Grisham's rants. He makes me think. (less)
Katie, an unmarried 18 year old Amish girl is accused of murdering her newborn baby and hiding it in the barn. No one even knew she was pregnant. Who...moreKatie, an unmarried 18 year old Amish girl is accused of murdering her newborn baby and hiding it in the barn. No one even knew she was pregnant. Who is the father and why can't Katie remember what happened to her? The book says a lot about community estragement, and how moral and religious compromises may differ from legal ones. There are lots of complex family dynamics that beg the question of how far would a person go if they had to make a choice between their church, family, or even their own selfish love interest. The book was a page turner and I really enjoyed learning about the Amish people and customs. I had the ending pegged from about halfway thru and didn't appreciate the red herring that was also thrown in. Jodi never does anything simply, but it doesn't stop me from looking forward to the next Picoult book.(less)
28 years ago Delia Hopkins was kidnapped by her father and started a new life in New Hampshire. When the truth is uncovered, Andrew is extradited to A...more28 years ago Delia Hopkins was kidnapped by her father and started a new life in New Hampshire. When the truth is uncovered, Andrew is extradited to Arizona and Delia tries to make sense of her memories and her relationship with the father she thought she knew, and the mother she doesn't remember. There are two men in Delia's life, Eric and Fitz, all three friends since childhood. Eric is an alcoholic, a lawyer, and the father of Delia's 5 year old daughter. Fitz is a reporter. The story has the theme of right vs. wrong and how two people can view the same situation completely differently. I thought the prison scenes added to Andrew's character, and the Hopi Indian stories distracted from the story as a whole. I really liked the way this story ended, which is kind of a unusual for a Jodi Picoult book. I also thought the writing was very good here. The characters were very believable and their feelings were well defined, and beautifully explained. (less)
It has been interesting to see how Jodi Picoult has improved as a writer. There were parts of this book that I thought were brilliant. Although this i...moreIt has been interesting to see how Jodi Picoult has improved as a writer. There were parts of this book that I thought were brilliant. Although this is a book about a trial and the law, it isn't really a murder or crime mystery. If you go into it thinking you are going to solve the murder you will be vastly disappointed. It is more about social and moral issues. 19 year old Jacob Hunt has Asperger's, a form of autism. He is extremely intelligent but has quirks, obessions and is unable to understand and adapt to social cues and body language. His obession is with forensic analysis. When he interferes in a violent crime scene he is arrested for murder. This isn't really a story of whether or not he is guilty, although all the evidence points to it. This is a story of what Asperger's is, how it affects a family, debate about the disability act and guaranteeing Jacob gets a fair trial. In typical Picoult fashion, the story is told through several voices, those of Jacob, his mother Emma, his brother Theo, his lawyer Oliver, and the police officer Rich. Asperger's was presented in a way that was informative and relatable, but not too heavy. The book was a real page-turner for me and I found myself talking about it to anyone who would listen. (less)
My least favorite of all the Jodi Picoult books I have read.. (read all but one at this point). This is one of her earliest books.
The subject here is...moreMy least favorite of all the Jodi Picoult books I have read.. (read all but one at this point). This is one of her earliest books.
The subject here is forgiveness. Should someone be forgiven after he smothers his wife, at her request, since she is dying of cancer? Can a cheating spouse be forgiven? What is the toll on their relationship?
The problem with this novel was the characters. I didn't like any of them. The women were mostly docile. The men were weak.
There was also the Irish heritage, family loyalty, factor. I hated all of that, for the most part, but it gave an element of devotion that otherwise might not have been present.
As usual JP covers all the angles. Surprisingly this novel is told completely in 3rd person, something JP seldom does.
I just didn't feel this book was written as well as some of her later novels. (less)
This was a very frustrating book for me to read. It was a page turning, modern CRUCUBLE tale of what happens in a small town when someone tells a lie...moreThis was a very frustrating book for me to read. It was a page turning, modern CRUCUBLE tale of what happens in a small town when someone tells a lie to protect themselves, how gossip spreads, and how people hear and believe only what they want to. The problem for me was the characters. I didn't like anybody in this book. However, their flaws were human and understandable. Gillian, the teenage girl who cries "rape" really was a victim, but an extremely unlikeable one. Jack, the too knowledgeable trivia buff, soccer coach, was innocent, but his actions were repeatedly foolish. I kept wondering where all the mothers and wives were? One of the main literary themes is the relationship differences in each of the fathers/daughters. Although I had the surprise ending figured out about halfway through the book, it wasn't until I was finished that I can truly look back and say "yeah it was a good book that I would recommend." Lots to think about. (less)
I read the first 100 pages of this book 8 months ago and couldn't keep everybody straight, so I started rereading 2 days ago and kept a flow chart. My...moreI read the first 100 pages of this book 8 months ago and couldn't keep everybody straight, so I started rereading 2 days ago and kept a flow chart. My husband listened to it on CD's and said he didn't have any trouble keeping up. The actual problem was there were so many minor characters that didn't need a backstory. That being said, the book was really a page turner. I would recommend it to anyone who wants insight to judicial law/politics and how some things are really decided in our country.I loved the plot and the dilemma. Grisham has an agenda and a political statement to make. The ending was mini-carthartic, unforeseeable and mostly frustrating. Probably a Grisham I will remember for a long time, maybe only because I read it twice and kept notes. It is not enjoyable to read this way very often. And it made me hate politics and people with money....(less)