A Spark of Light - Jodi Picoult

A Spark of Light

By Jodi Picoult

  • Release Date: 2018-10-02
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
4
From 411 Ratings

Description

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The author of Small Great Things returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis.

“Picoult at her fearless best . . . Timely, balanced and certain to inspire debate.”—The Washington Post

The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.

After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order to save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester, disguised as a patient, who now stands in the crosshairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.

Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.

One of the most fearless writers of our time, Jodi Picoult tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation . . . and, hopefully, understanding.

Praise for A Spark of Light

“This is Jodi Picoult at her best: tackling an emotional hot-button issue and putting a human face on it.”People
 
“Told backward and hour by hour, Jodi Picoult’s compelling narrative deftly explores controversial social issues.”Us Weekly

Reviews

  • Great concept, but doesn’t deliver

    2
    By mslit13
    Don’t waste your money on a book with a hot topic issue as the actual storyline is confusing and lacks resolution.
  • Not my favorite

    2
    By Kas1212
    I usually love Jodi Picoults books but I struggled with this one. I hated how it kept going chronologically in reverse and found myself groaning each time it went back an hour. I did appreciate the differing viewpoints on abortion which were thoughtful but the ending felt abrupt and unfinished, after so much back story I felt like the reader deserved a real ending and something more. Just not my favorite.
  • Could have been very good

    3
    By Danib_3
    I was excited to read this book. Then I started reading it and it went backwards. I was lost and discombobulated by the layout. If I had to do it over again I would have read the book backwards.
  • A spark of light

    1
    By BusterDeeDog
    This book sucked. I used to enjoy Jody Picoult books but they have really gone down hill. Won’t be buying any more. The book starts at almost the end and goes back in time then ends at the end but doesn’t tell how it end s for all parties involved.
  • Great book

    5
    By Bosslady17
    Jodi Picoult is the only author I know that is willing to take on a subject that makes people uncomfortable and still deliver a great story! Her stories always make you think about the "what ifs" in life.
  • The worst

    1
    By debbipi
    I usually love JP novels. I hated this one. Normally she writes objectively about a topic presenting both sides equally but not this time. Writing in reverse chronological order with a quick, unorganized ending that seems thrown together makes me very unhappy. No resolution for most of the characters just a mess. I want back the hours of my life I wasted reading this book.
  • 5 stars!

    5
    By scubarae
    Absolutely fantastic read!
  • ....

    3
    By Sophia R. S.
    It was an okay book to read.
  • So disappointed...

    1
    By #FreeBird
    I have read all of Jodi’s books and always look forward to the next one with eager anticipation. I had a difficult time getting into this one from the beginning and it never got better - it felt like a rambling, jumbled mess.
  • A Spark of Light

    1
    By Cbryan1111
    Terrible

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