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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