An intriguing story of an Amish community caught up in an "English" trial. Picoult has a way with character development, and this is no exception. You quickly begin to care about these people, and I found myself looking forward to some reading time in order to lose myself in the calm and "plain" life they lead. It's a deeply moving plot, and beautifully crafted.
I absolutely could not stop reading this book - I loved the characters, the story, and the ending. And I loved how I missed all the important clues that led up to the ending - they were there, but wonderfully subtle. I hate when I figure out the twist halfway through, and this book absolutely shocked me. A wonderful novel. I'd give it six stars if that were an option :-)
Ok, I have to go against the grain here. As I did like this book (it's my 4th Piccoult) I felt it was repetitive and somewhat dragged out. The plot just seemed reiterated and recycled. I did find the insight into the Amish life and community to be of interest, but the storyline seemed anti-climactic, even with the twist (maybe because I had it nailed by mid-novel). My first Piccoult was My Sister's Keeper, and none have compared to that one in my opinion...I also feel her style is predicatble after a while.
One of the best books that I have read in a very long time! One of Picoult's best! This is one of those books that suck you in one the very first page and will not let you go until it is finished. I even had dreams about the book! EXCELLANT!
This was my second Jodi Picoult book and I must say I liked it much better than Picture Perfect. She was able to capture the Amish way so perfectly, and the book had that courtroom thrill that I didn't expect with her style of writing.