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 :-)
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.
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!
"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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Great read by a very good author...
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!!
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!!!
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 test the heart and soul of the lawyer who steps in to defend the young woman at the center of the storm
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.