Search Results: "Jodi Picoult"


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CHANGE OF HEART by Jodi Picoult
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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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 >

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PLAIN TRUTH by Jodi Picoult
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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LEAVING TIME by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"The ending borrows unforgivably from a source it would be equally unforgivable to reveal."
A decade after the disappearance of an elephant researcher, her 13-year-old daughter, a washed-up private detective and a has-been psychic team up to find answers. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >