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Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult
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May 26, 12

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Read in May, 2012

I really like Jodi Picoult novels for light reading. Her stories are character driven and hard to classify. Is this a story of family and relationships - a legal thriller - a foray into the world of the Amish - a ghost story? It's all of those and that is why I liked it though it was the legal thriller that kept me reading quickly as I like to see how things will turn out in the end. But truly this was a book about the importance of family and making connections in the face of loss. I learned a lot about the Amish culture which made the ending a little difficult to fathom. I knew throughout someone else was involved but the last chapter was a kick in the pants. Jodi Picoult also writes very strong characters and Ellie probably changed/improved the most of anyone - but of course she still saved the day. The others were actually pretty steadfast - but the reader learned more and more about them in detail as the story progressed. Not sure how the ghost story really fit in except as a means of uniting two characters for an important plot point - but then again maybe we are all driven by the ghosts of our pasts whether we can see them or not.

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