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.
This is a great book with many twists and turns. The author also provides an insight into the Amish community and what it isn't, which was a blessing to me. I have read other books based on the Amish people, but this one seems to go a little deeper. The characters are varied and deeply developed, which made me feel as if I knew them. The ending was a bit of a surprise, and I also felt it wasn't a strong ending or one I walked away from feeling satisfied. Other than that, I loved the book!
Fabulous, heart-warming. I was amazed at the character development and how the story pulled me in. I literally got nothing done for two days because I just had to see how it turned out - it was just amazing.
Thanks, Picoult, for another great book!
"Plain Truth" is a well-written story of the mystery surrounding the birth and almost immediate death of a baby in the barn of an Amish farm. It is a fascinating story as the reader accompanies the Philadelphia lawyer chosen to defend the young mother accused of killing her own baby...Complete with a surprise ending, this book is a compelling read which you will find difficult to put down once started. Another winner from Jodi Piccoult!
Amazing. I just finished this book and immediatley went to paperbackswap to order my next Jodi Picoult book. I have also read "Vanishing Acts" and "The Tenth Circle", both of which blew me away. Plain truth is such a surprise. It keeps you guessing until the very end. I literally could not put the book down and I was sad when it was over. This is a MUST read. You will be so amazed by what you learn about the Amish. You play the detective in this story, you may think you know what happened, but the end will take you full circle. It's incredible.
One of Picoults best - a captivating look at Amish life when it collides with the lives of "The English." Each character is multi-dimensional. Every part of the book carries you along, from Amish services, to court, to life in a big city. After reading a couple so-so books by her, I was very pleased I spent my time reading this one.
This book pulls you in but it is very slow to grab you. After reading 100 pages you start to get involved in the story and want to find out what happens next. I was against the girl from the beginning. I was becoming disappointed knowing that the main characters always prevail and I did not want to see this one prevail. By the end of the book, I was more open to the girl and was OK with her outcome. There are some parts that are predictable but they do not ruin the ending. It was a window into the Amish life. This is a book that once you finish it, you need to digest before starting a new one.
Of all of her books that I have re-read, I remembered this book the best so far. If I knew the twist at the end the first time I read it, I do not recall... Nonetheless, this, too, is a good book. I've always liked to read about the Amish and this book tells a convincing story.
It's not one of my favorites, but it's a solid book. It, too, follows her court-room drama and twist at the end. It was also made into a Lifetime movie (see if you can spot Jodi Picoult and her family's cameo appearance).
And it too foreshadows one of my favorites that is yet to come up in this re-reading project...
This was my first Picoult book and I LOVED it! The detail and story line was excellent. It made me feel like I was there w/ the characters every step of the way. Although I suspected the end result, I was left a little disappointed with the quick cut off. Overall a GREAT read!
This is one of her best books yet. I am never disappointed by any of her novels, but this was extraordinary. The ending, as several of the reviews before me stated, was a complete surprise. I have read several fictional Amish novels by Christian authors; Jodi Picoult obviously did her research also when writing about the Plain people.
Very good story. I definitely could have done without the language and sexual content, but the story was so compelling I still couldn't put it down. I would much rather prefer the Christian based Amish fiction though for the clean content of the story.
This story revolves around an Amish teen who is accused of giving birth to a baby boy out of wedlock and then smothering him. As the story unfolds, it becomes more riveting, as her friends, family, lawyer, prosecution, doctors, psychiatrists, and even she herself try to figure out exactly what happened that morning. The result is a fascinating but sad story with a bit of a surprise twist at the end.
This is the second book I have read by Jodi Picoult, and plan to read more. I enjoy the mystery aspect of the stories I have read so far, and am pleased that the endings have not been entirely predictable. I think one of Picoult's strengths is that she portrays her characters realistically. They have strengths and weaknesses, and are complex enough that it is hard to judge whether their actions were wrong or right.
Many complex levels that show you, yet again, nothing in life is black and white. Sometimes right are wrong are not as clearly defined. This was also a really great look into Amish life. Picoult really does her research.
This is one of my favorite Picoult books. It kept me guessing until the very end about how this tragedy came to be. The Amish culture is fascinating to me as well, and this book gave me more insite into their culture.
After you have read 2 of Picoult's novels, you realized there's a pattern and you know there will be a trial and a bit of a twist at the end. This one follows that formula right along. What I liked most about this book is all the detail she gave into the Amish life, she did an excellent research job! I hated the ending, I was surprised she left it for the very last few pages, usually she does a better job of rounding out the ending of the book. I'm still left wondering about HOW it happened, but I guess my imagination will have to run wild with it.
Classic Picoult - worth a read if you are a fan :)
This was the first book I've read by Jodi Picoult. I've heard so many people rave about her books, so I thought I'd start with this one. I finished it in a day and now I can't wait to read another one of her books. I learned a lot about the Amish culture, which has always intrigued me. The ending was a real shocker!
This book is about the fact that a newborn baby is found dead in Amish barn in Lancaster County, PA and a young Amish woman is accused of the crime. It is a great read and I would highly recommend it. This author doesn't usually write Amish fiction but I think she did a great job and I would to see her do another one.
wow. This is fast-becoming my favorite author. She combines a variety of characters that expertly intertwine the plot and throws in some great humorous and philosophical comments. I don't usually like the endings, but that is not a requisite for a great read.
I loved this book. This is only the second Jodi Picoult book that I've read and it won't be the last. I found the subject matter very interesting since I don't know much about the Amish way of life. I read this book very quickly because I was dying to find out what happened. Picoult creates great characters here and you sympathize with them even though the crime is a heinous one. I highly recommend this one.
This is the first book I read of Jodi Picoult and I really enjoy her writing now. A great book that gives you a look inside the lives of the Amish Community and their way of life, but also looks at the other side of things and though they have different beliefs and ways, they are still capable of the same faults and tragedies others are. A definite mystery that keeps you reading and guessing to the very end.
I LOVED this book! You probably know Jodi Picoult as the author of My Sister's Keeper. It was the first of her books that I read and I was hesitant to read any others because I thought they would never live up to My Sister's Keeper. With that book I couldn't stop reading because of all the emotional drama and cried my eyes out. With this one I couldn't stop reading because I was enthralled with learning more about the Amish culture and I just had to figure out the truth!
The book tells the story of a dead infant found on an Amish farm and the big city attorney that immerses herself in the community as she defends her young unmarried Amish client against murder charges. Her client is determined to be the infant's mother and the investigators say the child was not a stillborn and was most likely smothered to death. But as you learn more and more about the Amish beliefs and values the more impossible it seems that an Amish girl would be capable of doing something like that. So what is the truth?
Ellie, the big city attorney, doesn't even want to take on the case at first and ends up having to move in with the Fisher family as part of Katie's bail agreement. She gets a first hand look at the Amish lifestyle and their values as she tries not only to come up with a defense for her client but comes closer and closer to the truth of what really happened.
There are so many twists and turns as more and more pieces of the story are revealed. I loved learning more about the Amish and how for them community and fitting in are everything. They just want to live a good Christian life and fit in with the rest of the community and serving each other. I loved piecing the clues together to try to figure out where Katie's baby came from, what happened to it, and where her life would go after the trial. It was great. I am officially a Picoult fan now!
Sorry guys, this one really did not do it for me. This is the first Picoult novel that I have read, and the jury is still out on weather or not I'll read more.
I can see why she is so popular- I mean, what prolific writer!! And, I can see why we sell so many at the bookstore I work for. She is well thought out, well researched and definitely well written technically- but, this particular book moved slower than the cows in the book. I did not start to care about the characters until about half way through the novel, and the ending was rather predictable. Nothing took me by surprise.
I see why this novel got such good reviews, but it just didn't strike my fancy.
This was another amazing book by Jodi Picoult. I really thought I had this one figured out but the author was once again able to add that twist at the end and prove me wrong. Any fan of Jodi Picoult's will not be able to put this book down and new readers will have a new favorite author.
This is the first Picoult book I've picked up that I just couldn't get into. I don't know what it was about the book, the premise was interesting, the characters were ones I cared about (I even skipped to the end to make sure everything was "okay") but I just couldn't finish it.
Another page turner from Jodi Picoult! I would recommend not starting it on a work night... I was up until the wee hours of the morning because I couldn't put it down. Picoult gives insight into the Amish community as well as what she is best at, human relationships.
This was the first Jodi Picoult book I read. I will start searching for her others. I enjoyed the story and how a little more was reavealed through out with a twist at the end that never crossed my mind.
I am a big Jodi Picoult fan and as with all of her books, this was well written. I really enjoyed learning about the Amish and the author clearly did her research. However, I felt like the book wrapped up a little too quickly and cleanly. I found myself wanting an epilogue... Nevertheless, it was a great suspense!
This is an excellent book! I really enjoyed the story and learning about the "Plain" people of the Amish world! It is well written with good characters and reminds you how your life can turn on a dime!
This book is enlightening on Amish life. Though not fully representative of the culture as a whole, it gives the reader a valuable experience on some Amish beliefs, and practices. The investigation done throughout the book is especially fun to read. It is nice to see what the defense attorney experiences when preparing for a case. Plain Truth is an amazing book and I encourage all to enjoy the storytelling of Jodi Picoult at least once!
I loved this book! I was interested to get a glimpse inside Amish life & how they would deal with "the modern world" delving into their life when it involves the murder of an infant on an Amish farm. Fascinating, with plenty of plot twists, I loved it. Picoult has done it again. Highly recommend this one.
This was an excellent book- it had me up reading late into the night-I could not put it down. A fascinating look into the lives of the Amish people and the dynamic when they their lives intersect with those of "the English". Jodi Picoult never fails to deliver a finely crafted novel of suspense
Although Jodi Picoult's books are easy, good reads, I'm finding that the "twisty" endings are good but getting far too predictable. This ending I guessed not even a chapter in... still a pageturner however and fans of her work will love this book.
Excellent! As usual, Ms. Picoult provides descriptive and captivating chapters to keep you from putting the book down! Developed each character so well and the story line has enough mystery to keep you in suspense. There are twists and turns -- a real page turner to the very, very end. Her research is evident in explaining the Amish culture and it is a perfect setting for the main drive of the book.
This was the first book that I swapped on PaperBack Swap.
I LOVED IT! The plot is well developed and the characters are so interesting. I was glued to this read as I learned about the Amish way of life and the tragedy that befalls a very young woman in their community. Anyone who reads this book will not be disappointed but will be thinking about its resolution days after the last page is read.
WOW! What a great story! This book had me by the heart by the first page and never let go. Since I live near several Amish communities, maybe I was more interested in the subject matter than you will be, but this is a gripping tale. I learned some things about the "Plain" folk. This book is about a test of faith, love and family traditions. A young Amish girl is accused of murder of her newborn infant and the story examines her religious beliefs and the temptations of modern society. The climax is her trial, defense and shocking verdict. I couldn't put this one down!
I really loved this book. Her characters are very realistic. It lets you in to a little bit of the Amish way of life and their beliefs. This is the first book I've read by Jodi Picoult, but it is certainly not the last.
This was the first Picoult book I've read ... I found it an enjoyable read. It kept my interest and Picoult did an excellent job of researching Amish life and belief system. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to be drawn into a story.
This book was UNBELIEVABLY GOOD!! I could not put this book down. This was my first Jodi Picoult book and I was hooked. She is a fabulous writer and does not pad it with extra "fluff". Everything she writes leaves you hanging on every word. It was an amazing story and kept you intrigued from the first sentence!
As always, Picoult, has written a very insightful book. Her characters are well defined and show all the strengths and frailties of people living ordinary lives but experiencing extraordinary events. I am an avid reader of Amish stories, but, of course, "Plain Truth" shows the underside of these unusual people. The story of Katie Fisher, an 18 year old Amish girl involved in an unsolved murder case and her defense lawyer, Ellie Hathaway, a disillusioned big city lawyer make for an intriguing read of the clash between two vastly different cultures.
I have been a quilter for 30 years. Most of what was written about quiltmaking in this novel was so totally erroneous that it made me question the accuracy of the depiction of Amish life that was central to the story. Ms. Picoult is a very popular writer, but better research on the details would improve the realism of her books. This book also has a twist at the end that didn't ring true to me. So even though multitudes seem to like her work I won't be reading any more of it.
I believe this is my favorite Picoult book thus far. The book lives in 2 worlds- the modern American and the Amish community. I feel like Picoult has put her full effort into helping the reader see both sides of the story at hand.
Another one of Picoult's best novels. She provides such a interesting and enlightening look into the Amish life. The tension she creates between the strict, traditional Amish values and modern American culture is really captivating. It's a pretty easy read, and the ending will have you slapping your head saying "Why didn't I see that earlier!" A great read, I highly recommend it
Couldn't put this book down, one of the better Picoult books I've read. I really enjoyed learning more about Amish life and the relationships between the main characters (both family and romantic) were well-written. The ending wasn't amazing, but I could see why that character made that choice. A nice, quick read...
This is the second of Jodi Picoults' books that I have read, and I was not disappointed. Love her style of writing and the way she seems to suck you right into the story from beginning to end. Love her!
I always enjoy reading a Jodi Picoult novel because it usually involves a child/young adult, a lawyer and a surprise ending. Plain Truth didn't disappoint me either.
Learning more about the Amish community and beliefs also added to the experience.
I probably would have never read this book had it not been chosen by my book club. I had read only one other book of ms. picoult's and that was "my sister's keeper" which was full of so much emotion and after reading it I was so sad and disturbed that I didn't want to read any more books by this author, although she is a fantastic writer. This book was not like that at all, the writing was once again fantastic and I was definitely drawn into the story itself, but it was a lot easier for my emotions to handle.lol It was very interesting reading about the amish world, it kept me wanting to learn more. I wasn't suprised too much by the ending but I do feel like there were some unanswered questions for me. All in all this was a great story and I would recommend this book for others to read.
I found this book very interesting for the insider's look at the Amish society in Pennsylvania. A young, unmarried, Amish girl has a baby which is found dead, and an attorney who is visiting the area is pressed into trying to untangle the murder.
Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors. This story was good and her insights into human behavior is as always excellent. I predicted something close to the ending, but still enjoyed the book thoroughly.
Liked this book a lot but it was a little predictable at the end for me. It got a little court-dramaish but I enjoyed the read. I have only read one other of her books and I'm impressed with her storytelling and characters.
The small town of Paradise, Pennsylvania, is a jewel in Lancaster County -- known for its picture-postcard landscapes and bucolic lifestyle. But that peace is shattered by the discovery of a dead infant in the barn of an Amish farmer. A police investigation quickly leads to two startling disclosures: the newborn's mother is an unmarried Amish woman, eighteen-year-old Katie Fisher. And the infant did not die of natural causes. Although Katie denies the medical proof that she gave birth to the child, circumstantial evidence leads to her arrest for the murder of her baby.
This is my first book by Jodi Picoult. You can tell a lot of research was done before writing this book. Wonderful, true-to-life characters that you knew just exacting how they felt. There were some surprises, too. Highly recommend.
I enjoyed this book until the courtroom scenes when it seemed to bog down. I have to admit though I couldn't really understand what motivated some of the characters to act as they did. I was really disappointed in the ending but was not surprised by it.
Peacefull Paradise, Pennsylvania, a newborn baby found dead in the barn of an Amish farmer. Mother? An eighteen year old unmarried Amish woman who doesn't remember being pregnant much less giving birth. High profile Philadelphia defense attorney, happens to be a 2nd cousin, takes the case defending the mother. Good book; funny, sad, keeps you wondering who killed the baby; if it was murdered or died of natural causes.
Excellent book. I love Jodi Picoult, and I think this is one of her best novels to date. I live near an Amish town, and thought I knew a lot about the Amish, but this book was well researched and very interesting. Excellent story line - you will love it!
If you have read alot of Jodi's work I would think that you will figure this one out WAY before it ends... or if you have seen the movie. I liked it and enjoyed the few hours it killed to read it! But not a big one on my list of MUST reads.
Awesome book. She does very well switching back and forth chapter to chapter to different problems happening at the same time. Keeps the reader wondering what is going to happen next. Another twisted ending!
For many of Picoult's books it seemed to me her subject matter differed dramatically from one book to the next. While she's not written of the Amish before, it has finally become apparent to me her consistent theme - family and relationships in the most difficult of circumstances. In this story, an Amish girl becomes pregnant, delivers alone in a barn, and the newborn ends up dead. Compelling.
An Amish single girl gives birth but is in denial about it. The authorities can prove it was a live birth and are charging her with murder. A non-Amish woman, a cousin reluctantly takes up her defense.
Jodi Picoult tells another good story. This is my favorite one from this author. About an Amish girl & a dead baby.... you don't know who is the baby's father or who killed the baby until the very end. Be prepared to have the rug pulled out from under you!!!
A shocking murder shatters the picturesque calm of Pennsylvania's Amish country and test the heart and soul of the lawyer who steps in to defend the young woman at the center of the storm
I like this author because her books well written and easy to read. I like that each book has a focus on a different culture or specific subject matter, so it's a learning experience as well. The only thing that has become tiresome is that I didn't realized that all of her books are "legal" books, meaning the story always has something to do with a legal problem and the process through the court system/prison system.
For some reason, this book took me a lot longer than usual to read. It was a labor of love until the last 150 pages or so. At that point I began to read more quickly and looking forward to reading more. The ending is surprising. All in all, not the best or worse Jodi Picoult book I've ever read.
EXCELLENT READ!! When a baby is found dead in an Amish barn, police are stunned. Although they prove that 18-year old Amish girl Katie gave birth, she has no recollection of what happened. Her big city lawyer, Ellie, moves in with the family and looks for the truth...which is far from plain.
My first book by this author. This was one of those books that once you start reading it you don't want to put it down. Fascinating portrait of Amish life. I already have two more of her books to read.
This is a great book about life in an Amish community. What really struck me is how the Amish abide by their rules and value system regardless of what goes on around them. Very intriguing moral dilemmas!
A shocking murder shatters the picturesque calm of Pennsylvania's Amish country -- and tests the heart and soul of the lawyer who steps in to defend the young woman at the center of the storm....
The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that eighteen-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life. When Ellie Hathaway, a disillusioned big-city attorney, comes to Paradise, Pennsylvania, to defend Katie, two cultures collide -- and, for the first time in her high-profile career, Ellie faces a system of justice very different from her own. Delving deep inside the world of those who live "plain," Ellie must find a way to reach Katie on her terms. And as she unravels a tangled murder case, Ellie also looks deep within -- to confront her own fears and desires when a man from her past reenters her life.
Moving seamlessly from psychological drama to courtroom suspense, Plain Truth is a fascinating portrait of Amish life -- and a moving exploration of the bonds of love, friendship, and the heart's most complex choices.
The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to it's core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that eighteen year old Katie Fisher, an umarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life.
Moving seamlessly from psychological drama to courtroom suspense, "Plain Truth" is a fascinating portrait of Amish life-and a moving exploration of the bonds of love, friendship, and the heart's most complex choices.
This is a FANTASTIC book!!
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Great read by a very good author...
This was the first book that I have read by Jodi Picoult and I absolutely loved it! I was drawn in from the very first page and couldn't put it down. Loved the characters and the story was very well written - if you haven't read it I recommend you do :)
A shocking murder shatters the picturesque calm of Pennsylvania's Amirhs country---and test the heart and soul of the lawyer who steps in to defend the young woman at the center of the storm. Moving seamlessly from psychological drama to courtroom suspense, Plain Truth is a fascinting portrait of Amish life---and a moving exploration of the bonds of love, friendship, and the heart's most complex choices.
A shocking murder shatters the picturesque calm of a Pennsylvania's Amish country and tests the heart and soul of the lawyer who steps in to defend the young woman at the center of the storm. A compelling tale of the bonds of love, friendship and the heart's most complex choices.