Search Results: "Jodi Picoult"


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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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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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SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"After she sets up a world in which racism thoroughly defines every aspect of character and plot, Picoult's conclusion occurs in a separate fairy-tale world where racism suddenly does not exist, resulting in a rather juvenile portrayal of racial politics in America."
In Picoult's (Leaving Time, 2014, etc.) latest novel, Ruth Jefferson, a labor and delivery nurse, struggles to survive claims of murdering a patient while keeping her own family intact. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >