Plain Truth Paperback – 20 Mar 2008
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Picoult's appreciation of teen angst is exquisitely unwrapped . . . and on this form she is going to leave her readers impatient for more. (Scotsman)
A suspenseful, richly layered drama . . . never loses its grip. The research is convincing, the plotting taught, the scenes wonderfully vivid . . . [An] absorbing, multidimensional portrait of an Amish clan (People)
Impossible to put down (Observer)
This is Picoult's greatest strength; her ability to inhabit other people's feelings, relishing the bits that are complex and contradictory . . . She is a master of her craft. (Sunday Telegraph)
[H]er vivid characters have a depth and tenacity rarely found in blockbusters. Strong narrative control, a lack of sentimentality and robust but undogmatic research mark her out - as does her proven ability (Independent on Sunday)
An Amish teen gives birth in secret, then denies it when the baby's body is found. Jodi's Picoult bestseller is a fascinating portrait of a little-known way of life, and a gripping suspense novel.See all Product description
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I may be biased - Jodi Picoult is my favourite writer in the entire world, but this was sheer genius. Not only did this give us an incredibly interesting insight into the Amish lifestyle but we had the pleasure of experiencing another one of Jodi's famous court cases.
Eighteen year old Katie is Amish. In the middle of the night she gives birth to a baby boy in her family's barn. Katie passes out and the baby is found dead and concealed beneath the hay the next morning. This becomes a huge, controversial murder case. Did this young and innocent Amish girl with STRONG religious beliefs kill her own child?
This was sensational. The metaphors flowed beautifully, the writing was pure magic and the ending was flawless. Jodi Picoult educated us on the Amish lifestyle with such grace and intelligence at the same time as making us question just what desperation can lead us to. Brilliant.
A) The pace never lets up. Many stories seem to have additional padding. But this one doesn't. The story is relentless.
B)My sudden stab of regret, as I finished the last page. Knowing that I would have to say goodbye to the characters. Knowing that I would no longer be `living` on an Amish Farm. It surprised me (I enjoy usually, hard bitten crime thrillers) just how much I had entered into the story. The Amish way of life. The personal battle that, Ellie, the Attorney, has to become part of that life. A far cry from her own, hard paced, hectic worldy way of living. And for wondering how could any person, and this applies to all the Amish family as potrayed in this story, seemingly bury their heads, to the real fact, that their daughter, Katie could very well go to prison for supposedly murdering her baby. As I say, it was with regret that I closed the book and said my farewell to them all. A fair comment on just how much I enjoyed this novel, by (and I have not read any of her other books, ) author Jodi Picoult
Five stars my review. In fact four and a half. I thought the ending was very appropriate. Yet I would have liked it to have been played out on a bigger canvass, ie inside the Courtroom itself. Or am I just been nit- picky. Whatever it was a very engrossing read, and in every way the term `page turner` so adequately sums up this novel.
My conclusion is that they are both excellent storytellers, but for me they each have their own strengths and talents, and I would prefer to value them as the individuals they are, rather than constantly read comments comparing them.
In `Plain Truth', Jodi Picoult has woven a very detailed mystery around things I knew little about, namely the Amish community, and the ins and outs of women who
murder there own newborn babies.
The pace never flags throughout this dramatic tale and the writing is truly beautiful. The carefully woven plot raises many moral and legal issues, which no doubt each reader will have their own feelings about. I know I certainly do, and this added to my enjoyment of the book. The author's ability to write brilliantly about sensitive subjects is something she is rightfully accaimed for if `Plain Truth' is anything to go by.
Although there is a lot of heartache involved as events unfold, the way Ms Picoult writes incorporates a wry and clever sense of humour. I found myself thinking "Ill try to remember that one"on several occasions.
My one complaint is that some of the descriptions, especially during the trial, are over complicated, as is some of the dialogue, but hey I'm being picky here.
I had to keep reading to see what happened, there were several possibilities right up to the end, and I was glad I had the time to not put it down for the last hundred or so pages. I'm sure, like me, most readers will think they know what really happened. See if you are right.
To sum up, this book for me has been an education, a compulsive read, a mystery to get the grey cells dancing, and above all a pleasure. I was sorry to get to the end, and glad there is more out there by the same author to read in the future.
Jodi Picoult has taken us into the heart of a very alien Amish community, where Amish law is heard and decided by an elder and all living in the community believe that ordinary laws of the land do not apply, as God will give them the guidance they need. As you read this, you will be drawn into the simple and ideal conception of living off the land, without the reliance of modern life and technology. It also draws attention to the love shared by the Amish people. Interesting and intelligent story - a must-read for any Jodi Picoult fan, or for anyone wanting to read something different.