Jodi Picoult books are all very interesting (based on the three I’ve read). For some reason, I always have a bit of a difficult time connecting with them at first, but something keeps me reading and I’m always glad I kept going. This book was no different.
I actually started reading this book five years ago and put it down because of a lack of interest. But then I reminded myself how good Jodi Picoult’s books get and that I should just power through until the good stuff. So, now, after a 5-year break, I have done that. And I’m glad I did.
Jodi Picoult did such a good job with the Court proceedings. I was surprised by where the lawyer went at times. The story was really good and kept me wanting more (after that certain point, as mentioned above) and the characters were relatable and real. This book really made me think as a parent. Now I will worry even more – haha. While nothing in the story was really a surprise to me, I still enjoyed it.
Unfortunately, there were a whole lot of errors throughout the eBook – more than there should be in a professionally published novel. I’m thinking something went wrong when converting it to an eBook, actually, because some of the errors didn’t even make sense (i.e., 1 instead of I). But why wouldn’t someone be proofing it to make sure it was properly converted?
Overall, I enjoyed the story and, while it wasn’t perfect, I’m glad I finally read it!
Best Aspect: Story/Creativity
Worst Aspect: Captivity
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4/5 rating from When She Reads…
3.5/5 rating from Kris – My Novelesque Life
About the book
For eighteen years the Hartes and the Golds have lived next door to each other, sharing everything from Chinese food to chicken pox to carpool duty– they’ve grown so close it seems they have always been a part of each other’s lives. Parents and children alike have been best friends, so it’s no surprise that in high school Chris and Emily’s friendship blossoms into something more. They’ve been soul mates since they were born.
So when midnight calls from the hospital come in, no one is ready for the appalling truth: Emily is dead at seventeen from a gunshot wound to the head. There’s a single unspent bullet in the gun that Chris took from his father’s cabinet– a bullet that Chris tells police he intended for himself. But a local detective has doubts about the suicide pact that Chris has described.