Jodi Picoult has touched readers deeply with her acclaimed novels, such as Keeping Faith and The Pact. Gifted with a remarkable ability to make us share her characters’ feelings (People), Picoult now explores the complex choices of the heart for a young Amish woman — the compelling journey of discovery for an urban lawyer who befriends and protects her.
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.
One hundred miles away, Philadelphia defense attorney Ellie Hathaway has achieved an enviable, high-profile career. But her latest court victory has set the sands shifting beneath her. Single at thirty-nine and unsatisfied with her relationship, Ellie doesn’t look back when she turns down her chance to make partner and takes off for an open-ended stay at her great-aunt’s home in Paradise. Fate brings her to Katie Fisher. Suddenly, Ellie sees the chance to defend a client who truly needs her, not just one who can afford her. But taking on this case challenges Ellie in more ways than one. She finds herself not only in a clash of wills with a client who does not want to be defended but also in a clash of cultures with a people whose channels of justice are markedly different from her own. Immersing herself in Katie Fisher’s life — and in a world founded on faith, humility, duty, and honesty — Ellie begins to understand the pressures and sacrifices of those who to live plain. As she peels away the layers of fact and fantasy, Ellie calls on an old friend for guidance. Now, just as this man from Ellie’s past reenters her life, she must uncover the truth about a complex case, a tragic loss, the bonds of love — and her own deepest fears and desires.
Moving seamlessly from psychological drama to courtroom suspense, Plain Truth is a triumph of contemporary storytelling. Jodi Picoult presents a fascinating portrait of Amish life rarely witnessed by those outside the faith — and discovers a place where circumstances are not always what they seem, where love meets falsehood, and where relationships grow strong enough to span two worlds.
After hearing a lot of positive things about this author I thought I would give one of her books ago.
Plain Truth I would say is more of a legal thriller. The story focuses on Katie an Amish woman who’s newborn baby is found dead and Ellie a defence attorney who tries to prove Katie’s innocence. Due to Katie’s bail conditions Ellie has to move into Katie’s family home in the Amish community.
Unfortunately the story and the characters didn’t grab me. I really struggled to read this book but hate not finishing a book once I’ve started. The story itself is well written but until the last twenty percent I thought it was very mediocre at best.
Being set in an Amish community I thought this would give the book a bit more of an edge as there are not many books written in that sort of environment, unfortunately in my opinion I think the storyline was fairly weak and I just found it dragged on to long. You don’t get to find out until the last couple of pages who the person behind the infants death is and to be honest it was pretty obvious a lot earlier on. The friendship that grows between the two main characters didn’t really grab me until towards the end which is when I started to enjoy it more as I started to have more empathy towards them.
I’m afraid this book just wasn’t for me, though I didn’t enjoy this particular book it won’t put me off reading more by the author as have heard many positive things about some of her other ones.
I have awarded this book 2/5 stars.