One day June Nealon was happily anticipating a lifetime of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. Waiting for a miracle to happen. For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The ...
One day June Nealon was happily anticipating a lifetime of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. Waiting for a miracle to happen. For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens one day that changes everything for him. Now he has one last chance for salvation, and it lies with June's twelve-year-old daughter, Claire. But between Shay and Claire stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes and the rage of a mother who has lost her child. Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate, if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true, if it meant granting your enemy's dying wish? Once again, Jodi Picoult mesmerises and enthralls readers with a story of justice, love and redemption.
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THIS NOVEL IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES OF ALL THE ONES JODI PICOULT HAS WRITTEN, BECAUSE IT DEALS WITH A MAN WANTING TO REPLENISH HIS SOUL BY HELPING A YOUNG GIRL IN NEED BEFORE HIS TIME ON EARTH IS DONE. HOWEVER, AT THE SAME TIME IT IS A ROLLER COASTER OF EMOTION. BUT IT IS DEFINATELY A MUST READ, BUT THEN AGAIN ALL OF HER NOVELS ARE MUST READS.
Dec 17, 2008
Life and Death
This book is excellently written and very thought provoking. The characters in this book are multidimentional and provide many eye opening questions that need answers. Is capital punishment, execution by lethal injection or heart transplant surgery humane ways to live and die? Are a person's religeous beliefs considered a religion? There are no easy answers for the victims, inmates, killer or judicial system. Great read.
Apr 9, 2008
Not what I thought
This is a hard book to review because there were so many reasons why I didn't like it but couldn't put it down and ended up reading it in two days. I have read all of this author's books and have enjoyed them all - some more than others but I cannot say that this one is very good. It seemed to be more of a soapbox for the author's opinions on the death penalty, religion and the ACLU than anything else. There is litte sympathy for the victim in this book and lots for the so called criminal. Also the big twist was something that has been done over and over again so when finally revealed, it was no surprise. Also, some of the story seemed to be taken right out of "The Green Mile" which was quite disconcerting. I would recommend with reservations.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-04-28 A cast of four narrators (plus one extra for the epilogue) read Picoult's latest melodramatic take on an interesting social dilemma. Death-row inmate Shay Bourne, convicted of murdering a little girl and her cop stepfather, wants to donate his heart to the little girl's sister, who requires a transplant. ACLU lawyer Maggie Bloom (voiced by Danielle Ferland) and Fr. Michael Wright (played by Stafford Clark-Price) attempt to carry out Shay's wishes. Meanwhile, as apparent miracles begin happening in the prison, some wonder if Shay is some sort of messiah. As the overlong book drags on, the narrators do their best to keep the story moving and hold listeners' interest. Ferland effectively inhabits Maggie and James Frangione's calm baritone does much to engender sympathy for Shay's fellow inmate, Lucius. However, listeners may have a tough time getting to the painfully obvious revelation of the truth about Shay's crimes and the book's long-foregone conclusion. Simultaneous release with the Atria hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 21). (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2008-01-21 Picoult bangs out another ripped-from-the-zeitgeist winner, this time examining a condemned inmate's desire to be an organ donor. Freelance carpenter Shay Bourne was sentenced to death for killing a little girl, Elizabeth Nealon, and her cop stepfather. Eleven years after the murders, Elizabeth's sister, Claire, needs a heart transplant, and Shay volunteers, which complicates the state's execution plans. Meanwhile, death row has been the scene of some odd events since Shay's arrival-an AIDS victim goes into remission, an inmate's pet bird dies and is brought back to life, wine flows from the water faucets. The author brings other compelling elements to an already complex plot line: the priest who serves as Shay's spiritual adviser was on the jury that sentenced him; Shay's ACLU representative, Maggie Bloom, balances her professional moxie with her negative self-image and difficult relationship with her mother. Picoult moves the story along with lively debates about prisoner rights and religion, while plumbing the depths of mother-daughter relationships and examining the literal and metaphorical meanings of having heart. The point-of-view switches are abrupt, but this is a small flaw in an impressive book. 1,000,000-million copy first printing. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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