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“From critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult comes the engrossing tale of a murder that sends shockwaves through Pennsylvania Amish country. Eighteen-year-old, unwed Katie Fisher is accused of birthing and then smothering her baby at the family dairy farm. But not only does Katie claim her innocence, she also says she didn’t even bear the child. Enter high-profile Philly lawyer Ellie Hathaway, who may be Katie’s only hope.”

Jodi Picoult is literally the only writer that is able to captivate me into a murder mystery or a whodunit type situation. I have no idea how, but this author is powerful.

This book is a great look into the Amish community and into some of the practices. First the big one for the non-Amish: no electricity. It turns out that there is more to it than that. There are people within the community that are allowed to used generators that are powered in non-electrical ways, some are allowed to use power tools (this one is form Vanilla Ice Goes Amish), and even goes into cars. There is a lot of talk of how the Amish are actually human and have issues as well. It is a humanizing depiction of a group of people that is not well understood by others.

The book follows Katie and her lawyer, Ellie, through the very morning of the birth of the baby that is found dead until the days after the trial when Ellie is leaving the farm. This book is intense from the very first page when Katie is giving birth to the very last page with the super twist ending that I wasn’t expecting! I love when a book ends in an unexpected way, but in a believable way. The ending is just perfection. Once you get there you will understand. You should read the book, just for the ending.

The relationships that are in the book are super intense. They are complicated, filled with angst, ghosts (well mostly one ghost), and regret. There is so much here for everyone. I am not a fan of ghost stuff, but the way that this ghost is presented is more of a longing and a regret than an apparition despite the one guy who studies ghosts for a living.

Yet again, Picoult delivers a long novel that takes forever to read, but I don’t regret a single second of it. There is something about her writing. Every word seems perfectly placed. There is no filler. The details seem like they are necessary for the story and never overdone.

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5 out of 5 stars. I would highly recommend this book.

You can buy this book here.

~Isaiah

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