Plain Truth

Although I’ve read articles about Jodi Picoult, I had never read one of her books until prompted by a book club pick.  This month, the club is discussing Picoult’s novel about an Amish murder case, Plain Truth. I was glad for the impetus because I found the book riveting.

The story follows a young unmarried Amish girl who gives birth in secret, and is put on trial when the baby is found dead, and is also the story of the lawyer who defends her.  Although the point of view shifts between the women, as well as several other characters, I felt like I only really got inside the head of the lawyer, and viewed the story through her eyes.  I’m interested to see if the rest of the book club had the same experience, because usually shifting point of view is supposed to reveal something about the other characters.  Maybe I missed it.

But in any case, the story itself is gripping and I did not see the twist at the end coming.  I also learned about the Amish and their philosophy, as well as some interesting legal terms and loopholes.

Overall I quite enjoyed the book, and look forward to discussing it next week.  If you like story-driven novels or are interested in the Amish or legal dramas, I’d recommend Plain Truth.


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6 thoughts on “Plain Truth

  1. I have also read and enjoyed this book and it sent me off to find out more about the Amish. Such a fascinating way of life. I love fiction that makes you go and read non-fiction!

    I have also read ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ by the same author and thought it was brilliant right up until the twist at the end. Although I didn’t see the twist itself coming I thought it was rather contrived and felt that it rather let down what had been quite a tight and moving story. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts if you ever read it.

  2. I’ve read many of her books and have always found them so intriguing that I can’t put them down. This doesn’t happen very often. I found House Rules to be fascinating. I haven’t read this one though, so it’s going on my list for Fall Break.

  3. I’ve read one book by Jodi Picoult, and I enjoyed it a great deal. The story was riveting, and the end had a twist I wasn’t expecting. I haven’t read anything else by her, but your recommendation makes me think I should pick up one of her books.

  4. I know that Picoult has a cult following but I have never read any of her books either. It seems like all of them have political/current news events plots (school shooting, euthanasia, etc.) and I always wondered how good the plots actually were. Thanks for the recommendation! I need something fun. I’ve been reading too many “serious” books lately.

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