From the best-selling 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 disclosure: Circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-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 Paradise, Pennsylvania, to defend Katie, two cultures collide - and for the first time in her high-profile career, Ellie faces a system of justice very different from her own. Delving deep inside the world of those who live "plain", Ellie must find a way to reach Katie on her terms. And as she unravels a tangled murder case, Ellie also looks deep within - to confront her own fears and desires when a man from her past reenters her life.
©2000 Jodi Picoult (P)2000 Simon & Schuster
"Good story, fix the reading."
Why are there two readers alternately reading the same parts??? They sound nothing alike and it only serves to confuse the listener throughout the entire book. This absolutely needs to be re-recorded. The story itself was good, not great. There's a paranormal aspect that seemed to go nowhere and the ending was a disappointment but it was worth listening to.
Good insite into Amish life. Interesting story. A little long and redundant but that's a court case for ya..
"Slow, predictable, boring"
Long on Amish culture which I liked but the story fell flat. They went over and over and over again the fact that there were no facts to this case - characters were introduced with no purpose and no follow-up, very sloppy writing - really no purpose to this novel.
"Not worth it"
The twist in this book is so painfully obvious the entire time. You get taken all around with no reward. I don't know if I've ever figured out who a murderer is this easily and waited so long for it to be revealed.
The only thing I liked about this book was learning more about being Amish. Otherwise, it was a total waste of time. The narrators were super annoying when reading Katie's voice, and they kept switch back and forth but not as different characters, each narrator read all parts, which was just strange to me.
Ridiculous telling of a completely far fetched story. Terrible narration. I spent the entire book asking myself how she even got this published. I am a fan of Picoult and have read many of her books but this was awful
"Great story .... but the narration was irritating"
Both narrators made the characters all sound goofy. It is too bad because the book is beautifully written and carries many messages!
According to the author: the Amish can be summed up as dolts (the narrator reads their parts as if they are intellectually stunted) and attorneys as "professional liars." Her complete misunderstanding / misrepresentation of the attorney-client relationship made the storyline laughable. Such a disappointment after "Small Great Things."
"Picoult doing what she does best"
I really got into this book, as with most Jodi picoult novels I found it followed the typical legal and moral dilemma path, raising ethical issues and evoking conflicting & fluctuating feelings.
Although the pattern is familiar the story is unique and explores a community and lifestyle that is interesting to learn about/gain an insight into. Similarly, the obvious research the author has done in order to describe in so much detail and with such accuracy the legal arguments also enables me to be educated without feeling like I was in a classroom or being lectured to.
I think picoult's best craft is weaving such strong and meaty subjects and research inbetween layers of heart, human emotion and relationships. I think I am trying to say she opens up unfamiliar and perhaps unappealing topics and /or science by making it accessible through gripping drama.
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