Jodi Picoult is by far one of my favourite authors not only for her writing style and the way she puts a story together but also because of the subject matter she writes about. Years ago my friend introduced me to her by lending me her copy of ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ and since then I’ve been hooked on her writing.
This particular novel sounding really interesting to me and it did not disappoint with a story that covers many moral problems we face in day to day life as well as the many twists and turns along the way, it is the perfect book that will keep you gripped throughout.
The novel follows the story of Zoe Baxter, a music therapist who over the course of two chapters loses everything, her baby first and then her husband. Her life changes and that, at her lowest point, is when she meets up with an old friend, it is the catalyst for her life to change even more dramatically. The book is told through the viewpoint of Zoe herself, her husband then ex Max as he goes through their divorce, a drink problem and then as he finds religion and Vanessa, the aforementioned friend of Zoe’s.
The book has many twists, some I saw coming and some I didn’t expect at all, particularly the final twist in the very last line of the second to last chapter. I’m not going to spoil the book or the story because it is something you need to discover for yourself when you read it but this novel deals with sexuality, religion, IVF, court cases, drink problems and suicide among other things and as usual with her work it is something that makes you think not only what your opinions are on these issues but what you would do if you were ever put in that situation yourself.
The thing that always ties all these complex scenarios and dilemmas together though is a) the well thought out story which follows through perfectly and b) the wonderful characters that you can believe in and in cases learn to love. There were characters I hated, there were characters I loved and characters I cared about; that for me is what makes a good novel.
I knew this was going to be a good read, Picoult’s novels are always are [well they have never let me down so far] but this one I particularly loved. All I can say is go and read this and if you have never read any of Picoult’s books before then go and read as many of them as you can, you’ll not regret it.