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Publisher's Summary

The masterful new novel from the number one best-selling author of Small Great Things.

The Center for women's reproductive health offers a last chance at hope - but nobody ends up there by choice.

Its very existence is controversial, and to the demonstrators who barricade the building every day, the service it offers is no different from legalised murder.

Now life and death decisions are being made horrifyingly real: a lone protester with a gun has taken the staff, patients and visitors hostage.

Starting at the tensest moment in the negotiations for their release, A Spark of Light unravels backwards, revealing hour by urgent hour what brought each of these people - the gunman, the negotiator, the doctors, nurses and women who have come to them for treatment - to this point.

And certainties unwind as truths and secrets are peeled away, revealing the complexity of balancing the right to life with the right to choose. 

©2018 Jodi Picoult (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Fantastic

Loved the book. It highlights the thoughts processes behind each side of the story brilliantly. Brings to light some very important messages. My only criticism is Bahni's performance, most of the time she is very good but I feel she transitions between characters too swiftly and it can be confusing sometimes.

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I tried to love this book

Love Jodi’s book but this book was disappointing. It jumped around too much and too factual.
Can’t wait to read your next book Jodi.

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  • Courtney
  • 16-11-2018

Audio production could be better

As this story is told in differing perspectives I feel that more attention could have been paid to ensuring that it was clear when the perspectives changed. I felt that the narration seemed to rush from one paragraph to the next and, combined with often-repeated descriptions of other characters, I found it quite hard to track who’s perspective was being followed.

I am no veteran of Jodi Picoult’s writing, but have read a couple of other books by the author and I have to admit I enjoyed this one the least so far.

I felt that the backwards timeline of the book added very little to the story, and ultimately felt like an unnecessary gimmick.

The subject matter was interesting, and I was impressed by Picoult’s ability to sympathetically write from extremely different perspectives on the abortion debate in the USA.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-11-2018

Yawn City

Listen to the first hour and a half of it and could not listen to it anymore.

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  • James F.
  • 12-11-2018

compelling

I really didn't get on with the backward narrative but it's a good story. I've never read a picoult but I went to hear her talk and she in interesting. it's fictional documentary really

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