Books by Jodi Picoult

THE STORYTELLER by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"Still, a fictional testament as horrifying as it is suspenseful."
A baker enlists a Nazi hunter to entrap a nonagenarian who may have brutalized her grandmother in Picoult's ambitious latest. Read full book review >
BETWEEN THE LINES by Jodi Picoult
Released: June 26, 2012

"Fizzy fairy-tale fun. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
In her first foray into teen fiction, Picoult and her co-author daughter deliver an enjoyable, metafictive twist on the traditional teen-romance novel. Read full book review >
LONE WOLF by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Readers will care less about Luke's prospects for survival than they will about the outcome for his wild companions."
Wolf expert languishes in a coma while his family debates his fate, in Picoult's latest. Read full book review >
OVER THE MOON by Jodi Picoult
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"Applause, applause. (Play. 12 & up)"
Begin with Cinderella, Pinocchio, Humpty Dumpty and myriad other fairy-tale and nursery-rhyme figures. Read full book review >
HOUSE RULES by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2010

"Worth the read for the detailed dramatization of Asperger's; however, like Jacob, the reader will solve this whodunit far in advance of the principals."
A young autistic man obsessed with criminology is charged with the murder of his tutor, in Picoult's suspenseful but anticlimactic latest (Handle with Care, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >
HANDLE WITH CARE by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2009

In another issue-driven novel, Picoult (Change of Heart, 2008, etc.) explores the impact of "wrongful birth" litigation on an ordinary New Hampshire family. Read full book review >
CHANGE OF HEART by Jodi Picoult
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 4, 2008

"Clunky prose and long-winded dissertations on comparative religion can't impede the breathless momentum of the Demon-Drop plot."
A convicted murderer who may be a latter-day Messiah wants to donate his heart to the sister of one of his victims, in Picoult's frantic 15th (Nineteen Minutes, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
NINETEEN MINUTES by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2007

"Though all the surface elements are in place, Picoult falters in her exploration of what turns a quiet kid into a murderer."
Picoult's 14th novel (after The Tenth Circle, 2006, etc.) of a school shooting begins with high-voltage excitement, then slows by the middle, never regaining its initial pace or appeal. Read full book review >
THE TENTH CIRCLE by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2006

"As a third-act whodunit—the culprit is an easy guess—the story fails. Picoult, who is so often an inventive and compelling storyteller, relies here on convention and sentimentality. "
Picoult (Vanishing Act, 2005, etc.) fumbles in this 13th novel of, predictably, a family in crisis. Read full book review >
VANISHING ACTS by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2005

"An experienced novelist takes her sweet time to rich rewards: overall, an affecting saga, nicely handled."
Well-oiled Picoult sets her latest expertly devised search-and-rescue tale in rural New Hampshire, where a kidnapping case is uncovered 28 years too late. Read full book review >
MY SISTER’S KEEPER by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"Despite overplotting, then, a telling portrait of a profoundly stressed family."
Picoult's latest chronicle of family travail (Second Glance, 2003, etc.) highlights the consequences of deliberately conceiving a child genetically compatible with a mortally ill sibling. Read full book review >
SECOND GLANCE by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"A balance of suspense and science makes for a memorable ghost tale."
Exploring the dark history of America's eugenics movement, Picoult (Perfect Match, 2002, etc.) sneaks in a ghost story in her eighth outing: a gratifying blend of gothic melodrama and social critique. Read full book review >
PERFECT MATCH by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Nicely written, but hopelessly contrived and generally unconvincing."
The story of a mother who avenges her child's rape, in this latest from Picoult (Salem Falls, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
SALEM FALLS by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2001

"Colorful, but best for those who don't mind Picoult's heavily sentimental style. "
Teenaged witches, DNA evidence, Megan's Law, belladonna-laced tea, and an honest ex-con addicted to Jeopardy!, all mixed up in a well-researched if slightly disappointing small-town legal drama by veteran Picoult (Plain Truth, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
PLAIN TRUTH by Jodi Picoult
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 9, 2000

"Despite a provocative and topical premise, and a strong opening, Picoult fails this time, her seventh, to rise above paint-by-numbers formula. (Author tour)"
An uneven reworking of tabloid headlines: a young woman is charged with infanticide, and a hard-boiled attorney agrees to defend her. With one crucial distinction: the defendant is Amish. Read full book review >
KEEPING FAITH by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"Her best yet."
A sweetly affirmative portrait of mother-daughter love that explores big questions while also providing a riveting narrative of a custody battle. Read full book review >
THE PACT by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"A moving story, mingling elements of mystery with sensitive exploration of a tragic subject. (Author tour)"
In this brooding fourth novel, Picoult (Picture Perfect, 1995, etc.) creates an affecting study of obsession, loss, and some of the more wrenching varieties of guilt. Read full book review >
MERCY by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 13, 1996

"Overly predictable characters aside, Picoult does manage this time to bring trendy, headline-grabbing themes to life. (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
 Despite kilt-wearing characters right out of Brigadoon, Picoult (Picture Perfect, 1995, etc.) persuasively explores a mercy killing in a small Massachusetts town and the subject of spouses who love too much. Read full book review >
PICTURE PERFECT by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 1995

"A pretentious romance for the '90s that combines up-to-the- minute neuroses and Tinseltown glitz in a formula plot that ought to be foolproof but somehow isn't, despite patches of good writing. (Literary Guild selection)"
 Picoult's mediocre third novel (after Harvesting the Heart, 1993) features dysfunctional parents, an abusive spouse, romantic anthropological visits to Africa, and a healing encounter with sensitive Native Americans. Read full book review >
HARVESTING THE HEART by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Some good writing, but not enough to sustain a concept-driven and rather old-fashioned story, despite its occasional contemporary gloss."
 An updated formulaic second novel (after Songs of the Humpback Whale, 1992) in which the young heroine not only finds herself but along the way comes to terms with that other contemporary women's issue: motherhood. Read full book review >
SONGS OF THE HUMPBACK WHALE by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"The clichÇ lives, while the characters and the story struggle—and fail—to survive the author's pretensions."
 A family crosses the continent to find themselves, which they do on an apple farm in Massachusetts, in one of those too carefully crafted first novels in which literary ambition exacts a toll greater than a minor work can afford. Read full book review >