'A suspenseful, richly layered drama ...The research is convincing, the plotting taut, the scenes wonderfully vivid ...A hummer of a tale.' - People 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 ...Read More'A suspenseful, richly layered drama ...The research is convincing, the plotting taut, the scenes wonderfully vivid ...A hummer of a tale.' - People 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 transcend death. When Ellie Hathaway decides to defend an unmarried Amish woman against the charge of the murder of her own child, the urban-savvy defence attorney finds herself caught in a clash of cultures with a people whose channels of justice are markedly different from her own. Plain Truth is the extraordinary story of two unforgettable women - and what happens when their disparate worlds collide. Jodi Picoult's bestselling and widely acclaimed novels include Perfect Match, Salem Falls, Keeping Faith, The Pact and Mercy. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Read more about Jodi Picoult and her new novel SecondRead Less
Jodi Picoult works her magical wand again as she explores the mores of the Amish. She must have done a lot of research to have such insight into the Amish culture. There are many twists and turns...I thought I was a seasoned mystery reader who could smell a villain a mile away, but I didn't get it right this time. Jodi Picoult is a masterful writer and researcher.*****
Sep 7, 2009
JODI PICOULT IS SUCH A TALENTED AUTHOR AND YOU CAN CERTAINLY TELL. THIS NOVEL TAKES PLACE IN AMISH COUNTRY AND THERE ARE THINGS SHE WRITES ABOUT THAT READERS WOULDNT KNOW UNLESS THEY RESEARCHED IT OR LIVE AROUND IT. THIS STORY HAS A VERY SUPRISING TWIST IN THE END, BUT IT IS CERTAINLY A MUST READ.
Mar 12, 2009
If you are a christian this is not the book for you. It has alot of foul language. This is not a book for children either.
Jun 22, 2008
Another masterpiece by Picoult
After reading Nineteen Minutes and My Sister's Keeper I came here to purchase ALL her books. My next read was Plain Truth and as the others I could not put the book down until I finished. Picoult has a way of drawing you the reader into the story and you're hooked until that twist that she so cleverly plants. (Darn, she got me again!) Living in Amish Country I was amazed at the accuracy of her story. It shows another of her qualities of writing. Onto the next . . .
Apr 26, 2007
Just like every other book written by Jodi Picoult this book is wonderful. She depicts a way of life most people don't know much about very well. Her characters are great. And like most of her books you'll never guess who did it.
Publishers Weekly, 2000-03-20 Though it begins as the quietly electrifying story of an unmarried Amish teenager who gives birth to a baby she is accused of then smothering, Picoult's latest (after Keeping Faith) settles into an ordinary trial epic, albeit one centered intriguingly on an Amish dairy farm near Lancaster, Pa. Katie Fisher, 18, denies not only having committed the murder but even having borne the baby, whose body is found in the Fishers' calving pen, and she sticks to her story, even when she is quizzed by Ellie Hathaway, the high-powered Philadelphia attorney who undertakes Katie's defense as a favor to Leda, an aunt she and the young woman share. Ellie, who has retreated to Leda's farm in Paradise to reconsider her life--she successfully defends guilty clients--embarks on the case reluctantly: at 39, she wants nothing more than to have a child. However, to meet bail stipulations, she volunteers as Katie's guardian (since Kate's strict parents reject her) and moves in with the Fishers. Living with the Amish necessitates some adjustments for both parties, but Katie and Ellie become fast friends in spite of their differences. Very little action occurs beyond the initial setup, though the questions remain: Who was the father of Katie's child? And did she smother the newborn? Told from both third-person omniscient and first-person (Ellie's) vantages, the story rolls leisurely through the trial preparations, the results of which are repeated, tediously, in the courtroom. Perhaps the story's quietude is appropriate, given its magnificently painted backdrop and distinctive characters, but one can't help wishing that the spark igniting the book's opening pages had built into a full-fledged blaze. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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